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testing & quality assurance [clear filter]
Monday, August 8
 

9:00am

Hooray, We're Agile Testers! What's Next? Advanced Topics in Agile Testing: Lisa Crispin, Janet Gregory
Your team successfully adopted Agile, you have traction on practices such as CI, TDD, maybe ATDD. Still, you see lots of room for improvement in testing. Do you sometimes miss or misunderstand customer needs? Is it sometimes hard to complete all testing activities each iteration? In this interactive tutorial, you'll practice ways to better understand and capture customer needs; collaborate more effectively and enjoyably with developers and other team members; improve continuous integration and delivery; manage technical debt; plan and estimate in ways that ensure testing "keeps up".
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/HoorayWereAgileTesters_0.pdf


Monday August 8, 2011 9:00am - 12:30pm
GA: Envoy

1:30pm

Agile Requirements Exploration with Tester Collaboration: Ellen Gottesdiener, Janet Gregory
Incorporating the testing mindset improves customer exploration of product needs. At the same time, agile test planning and delivery benefits from involvement in agile requirements analysis. In this experiential tutorial, participants examine a subset of agile analysis models in tandem with specifying acceptance criteria to verify and validate requirements. Participants experience how incorporating the tester mindset during requirements exploration accelerates test planning and specification, enhances product quality, and uncovers missing, conflicting, erroneous and unnecessary requirements.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/ReqtsExplorationWithTesterCollaboration-Agile2011_(Gottesdiener-Gregory).pdf

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Gottesdiener

Ellen Gottesdiener

Principal Consultant/Founder, EBG Consulting
Ellen Gottesdiener, Principal Consultant and Founder of EBG Consulting, Inc. (www.ebgconsulting.com), is an internationally recognized leader in the collaborative convergence of agile requirements + product management + project management.Ellen coaches and trains individuals and teams, and facilitates discovery and planning workshops across diverse industries. She helps global clients excel with agile requirements and business analysis, product... Read More →


Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
GA: Envoy

1:30pm

Technical Debt: Assessment and Reduction: Israel Gat
Do you really govern the software development process in your IT organization or do its uncertainty and unpredictability leave you, your internal customers and your company's customers aghast? Will technical debt play havoc with deployment dates you committed to and keep your development and operations staff from responding quickly and effectively to customer requests? Do you know how much money is required to "pay back" your software's technical debt? Once you take this workshop you will know how to quantify technical debt, rein it in, and mitigate its unpleasant consequences.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Technical_Debt_Workshop_Gat.pdf

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Israel Gat

Practice Director, Agile Product & Project Management, Cutter Consortium
Dr. Israel Gat is a Cutter Consortium Fellow and Director of the Agile Product & Project Management practice, a Fellow of the Lean Systems Society, and a member of the Trident Capital SaaS advisory board. He is recognized as the architect of the agile transformation at BMC Software where, under his leadership, Scrum users increased from zero to 1,000, resulting in nearly three times faster time to market than industry average and 20%-50... Read More →


Monday August 8, 2011 1:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Grand Ballroom C
 
Tuesday, August 9
 

11:00am

The Speed To Cool: Agile Testing And Building Quality In: Craig Smith, Adrian Smith
Ensuring that the approach to testing and quality is understood and appropriately valued in an agile world can be a struggle for many organisations, especially when resources are limited and our customers are expecting business value in a timely manner. In this session we will define what quality means and share a number of tools for measuring it, discuss approaches to improving the skills, empowerment and role of testing in the organisation and share why testing is the coolest role on the team and why it is everyones responsibility.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/The Speed to Cool - Agile Testing & Building Quality In.pdf


Tuesday August 9, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Idaho Room

1:30pm

Business Rules Essentials for Quality Software: Mary Gorman
How and when do you elicit and specify business rules? Where do you look for business rule clues? How can you measure the value of business rules? What is the right level of business rule granularity for testing? When can you start testing business rules? Answering these questions is key to enable effective estimating, building and testing efforts. In this interactive session, you learn how a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to business rules provides just-enough, just-in-time detail to develop, test and deliver quality software.

Speakers
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Mary Gorman

VP Quality and Delivery, EBG Consulting
Mary coaches teams and facilitates discovery workshops. She trains business, customer and technology stakeholders in collaborative practices essential for defining high value products. Mary speaks at industry conferences and writes for the Agile, business analysis and project management communities. Mary is co-author with Ellen Gottesdiener of the recently released book Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis.


Tuesday August 9, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Idaho Room

3:30pm

Teach Your Cucumber Scenarios to Speak 'Business': Richard Lawrence
Cucumber can be a powerful tool to build a common, or ubiquitous, language between product people, developers, and testers. A common language leads to common understanding and, ultimately, more valuable software. Unfortunately, too many teams write Cucumber scenarios that use technical language and miss out on this benefit. In this interactive session, you'll learn how to use Cucumber to grow a ubiquitous language and how to refactor your existing scenarios to speak "business." (While the focus is on Cucumber, users of other tools will surely see ways to apply the lessons to their own tools.)
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Teach Your Cucumber Scenarios to Speak Business.pdf

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Tuesday August 9, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
LA: Idaho Room
 
Wednesday, August 10
 

9:00am

Exploratory Testing in an Agile Context: Elisabeth Hendrickson
Exploratory Testing (ET) isn't new; the term was coined before "Agile." But ET and Agile fit together hand-in-glove. The disciplined Agile engineering practices like TDD and CI mean the code is constantly checked against expectations. But does it also do things we don't expect? Are there lurking risks and surprises? That's what ET can help us discover. And that's why stories aren't really Done until they're both checked and explored. This session explains ET in the context of Agile and gives participants an opportunity to try it out by exploring a hand held electronic game.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/ETinAgile-agile2011-final.pdf

Speakers
avatar for Elisabeth  Hendrickson

Elisabeth Hendrickson

Director Quality Engineering, Cloud Foundry, Pivotal


Wednesday August 10, 2011 9:00am - 10:30am
LA: Idaho Room

11:00am

Raconteur: luring programmers into testing and testers into coding: Mike Suarez, Isel Fernandez Diez
Raconteur is an acceptance test framework inspired by Fitnesse and Cucumber. Its goal is to help shorten the developer-tester gap. It lures programmers into writing ATs in the comfort of their IDE and favorite xUnit. The testers get to share the same tool, enjoying intellisense and refactorings, while keeping the test syntax that they are used to. This session will demonstrate the main capabilities of the tool from the perspective of what is innovative in the approach. Fundamentally, we will provide a glimpse at how IDE integration blurs the boundaries between testing and coding.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/presentation.pdf


Wednesday August 10, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Idaho Room

1:30pm

Writing Maintainable Automated Acceptance Tests: Dale Emery
Test automation is software development. As with other software development efforts, most of the cost of test automation occurs during maintenance after the tests are first written. Automated tests can become brittle, so that a small change in a requirement or in the software renders scores of tests obsolete in the blink of an eye. How can we reduce the high cost of inevitable change? Dale Emery demonstrates key principles for writing adaptable automated tests: remove duplication, focus on the essence of the test, and name every important test idea.
http://submit2011.agilealliance.org/files/session_pdfs/Writing Maintainable Automated Acceptance Tests.pdf

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Wednesday August 10, 2011 1:30pm - 3:00pm
LA: Idaho Room

3:30pm

Solving the 1-10-100 problem: Extending Continuous Delivery to QA and Ops: Ronen Rubinfeld, Mik Kersten
In many medium and large organizations, friction between Agile application development (Dev), Quality Assurance (QA), and Operation (Ops) teams kills productivity. We’ll discuss how the typical continuous delivery loop fails to take into account the need for bi-directional communication with QA. The growing role of Ops in the application lifecycle means it needs to be connected to the same continuous delivery loop and be linked directly into Agile planning processes. How does extending the collaboration loop to Ops potentially flatten the exponential 1-10-100 cost curve into a linear one?


Wednesday August 10, 2011 3:30pm - 4:30pm
LA: Idaho Room
 
Thursday, August 11
 

11:00am

Acceptance testing in the land of the startup : Joseph Wilk

Songkick is a web based music startup which operates in a new market place full of unknowns, developing a free service. Focusing on user experience as one of the most critical features of the product. Continuously iterating and experimenting with features based on user observations and metrics. Unusually we adopted Acceptance tests and BDD while still in the early startup phase. Having spent more than 2 years growing our system and learning the pain points both technically and culturally we have lots of interesting lessons we would like to share about startups and Acceptance testing.


http://www.slideshare.net/josephwilk/acceptance-testing-in-the-land-of-the-startup-8942148

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Thursday August 11, 2011 11:00am - 12:00pm
LA: Idaho Room