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Testing & Quality [clear filter]
Monday, August 5

15:45 EDT

How agile is your testing mindset? (Karen Greaves, Kelley Cooper)
Limited Capacity full
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Agile testing is about more than how to squeeze enough testing into the last few days of the sprint. However, many teams have adopted agile and not yet changed the way they think about testing.
Do any of these sound familiar:
Testers are usually extremely busy at the end of a sprint.
Teams have a hardening sprint before they ship where they do manual regression testing.
There is a growing backlog of bugs found internally that never get fixed.
You really want to do test automation but you struggle to fit it into the story.
Developers are usually working on different stories to the testers because they work ahead.
Task boards have a test column after the dev or in progress column.
If so, it's time to adopt an agile testing mindset. In this session, we will introduce you to 5 simple statements to help you practice this new mindset every day. We will also cover techniques you can start using immediately to help reinforce this mindset. These will be simple things anyone can do: from a minor tweak to your taskboard, to different questions to ask in planning.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Experience how testing early and often can actually save you time.
  • List five ways agile testing is different to traditional testing.
  • Learn which questions to ask to prevent bugs before any code is written.
  • Learn some simple techniques for your task board to help focus on doing testing activities before development (even if you don’t do TDD).


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Karen Greaves

Agile Coach, Growing Agile
I love meeting new people so come introduce yourself. Check out www.growingagile.co.nz to see what I look like, or just listen for the loudest person in the room :)
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Kelley Cooper

Agile Coach
Professional herder of cats on PCP...Agile Coach and mother of 4!

Monday August 5, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
National Harbor 8

15:45 EDT

Pop culture as inspiration for test ideas (Nicola Sedgwick)

Do you see colleagues getting tunnel vision and fixating on resolving problems or releasing features?
Do you understand the value add to the user (or business) for every item in every release?
Do you have a great quality product but unhappy users?
"If the answer is "yes", then don't wait another minute. Pick up the phone and call..."
You're not alone
Sometimes we need a stimulus or trigger to break us out of the day-to-day and get us looking at a feature or task in a new light. This workshop will share some tools for doing exactly that. These tools are not complex or technical, but fun exercises and games to demonstrate how we can take inspiration from popular culture to breath new life into our work and our teams. For Agile 2019 the inspiration will be:
  • Ghost Busters
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • David Bowie

Learning Outcomes:
  • Techniques for forcing yourself to look at a scenario through a different lens (David Bowie)
  • Understanding that 'tunnel vision' is a human condition and not a failing (Ghost Busters)
  • Bringing feature requirements to life by having fun with them (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Takeaway instructions for attendees to run these games with their own teams

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Nicola Sedgwick

Mindful Leader, Coach & Team Glue, Culturli
An avid enthusiast of agile ways of working, Nicola loves the way technology can enhance and transform the world around us. Nicola is often found working with a product and coaching focus to ensure agile teams collaborate between themselves, and with stakeholders, in order to eliminate... Read More →

Monday August 5, 2019 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Chesapeake G/H/I
Tuesday, August 6

09:00 EDT

Test Everything - Quality ... It's not just for code anymore (Bob Payne)
Limited Capacity filling up

In this dynamic workshop we will explore the world of value delivery and quality. If done means potentially shippable, valuable, operable, usable and secure we need to do more than just test the code.
All too often I have seen systems developed with great automated testing on the widgets that make up our "Product". I use the quotes around product because I believe we need to look more holistically about how we deliver value in organizations. This is not a new idea, testers have striven to take this approach and when a holistic approach is taken to all aspects of quality our business outcomes are better.
We deliver what we thought was needed in the "Product" but...
  • It does not deliver the value we thought because we did not test the value proposition before building.
  • It is not optimally usable because we did not test the user experience.
  • It has operational issues because we did not test infrastructure, load, performance or other critical operational issues.
  • It has documentation but that documentation is not used because we did not test the, need, value, format or accuracy of it.
  • It gets delayed or is stopped from production because we did not test our assumptions about, security, governance and risk.
"Your system is perfectly designed to get the results you are getting."
-W Edwards Deming"
We must change the system of product delivery to get the results we want.
This world cafe style will start with an introduction to the topic of value, appropriate quality and testing both value and quality. I will discuss example methods for:
  • Testing Value
  • Testing Usability and User Experience
  • Testing Operations
  • Testing the Documentation
  • Testing Security, Risk, Audit and Governance
We will then break out into groups around the 5 topics and brainstorm how to ensure quality as early as possible and how we might test even before we build. Participants will rotate through the topics and add greater and greater detail to them as they drill down on the topics.
A readout will follow
For more information on the World Cafe workshop format you can check it out here (http://www.theworldcafe.com/key-concepts-resources/world-cafe-method/).

Learning Outcomes:
  • - Testing everything
  • - Testing early
  • - Testing more than just the code


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Bob Payne

SVP of Agile Transformation, LitheSpeed
An early adopter of Extreme Programming, Scrum, and SAFe, Bob Payne has worked exclusively as a Lean+Agile Transformation leader since 1999.Bob hosts the Agile Toolkit podcast and has produced over 170 podcasts, recording a variety of industry leaders and Agile practitioners. His... Read More →

Tuesday August 6, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
Chesapeake G/H/I
Wednesday, August 7

10:45 EDT

Testers in the deployment pipeline - Blockers or assets? (Alan Parkinson)
Limited Capacity seats available

Companies that release multiple times a day typically financially outperform companies that don’t. Moving from monthly or weekly deployments to deploying multiple times a day requires an introduction of new technical practices and the concept of the deployment pipeline. Without any changes to the testing techniques used and the stages they are applied within the pipeline, testing quickly becomes a bottleneck and a major frustration. The knee jerk reaction to this situation to remove skilled testers and just use "Automated tests".
Testers still have a place in deployment pipelines and in this interactive workshop, we will be using games to introduce the concepts of small frequent deployments, learn why tester practices may create a bottleneck in the deployment pipeline, and what changes you can make to avoid these blockages. The exercises run within the sessions are designed to be taken back to the office to help with coaching your co-workers.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How automation can give a false sense of security to teams and why you still need skilled testers
  • Exercises to help coach, teach, or influence colleagues to adopt changes to testing within the deployment pipeline
  • The impact on testing when developers adopt a trunk-based branching strategy and feature toggles
  • Where different testing practices need to be moved within the deployment pipeline


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Alan Parkinson

CEO and Product Owner, Hindsight Software

Wednesday August 7, 2019 10:45 - 12:00 EDT
Chesapeake 10/11/12
Thursday, August 8

09:00 EDT

Forget the QA! We’re a Cross-Functional Team!* *(But who has time to test anything?) (Marianne Erickson, Julie Clooney)
Limited Capacity filling up

In a perfect world, every Agile team has its own QA lead and a tester or two, with time to execute continuous testing and access to end users for extensive interviews. In this perfect world, teams practice cross-training so that during peak test times, additional team members can take on testing roles, thus adding new eyes to the process and augmenting test results.
In the real world, good testing practices often fall prey to decreasing budgets and to testing bottlenecks when multiple user stories enter the testing queue at the end of the sprint. In the budget-centric organization, often the testers are the first to go when finances demand a reduction in teams. Once the “just get anyone to do the testing” mentality creeps into an organization, quality becomes relegated to that proverbial back burner. Eventually, someone gets burned. When a team is fortunate enough to retain its testers, they find themselves overwhelmed with work at peak test times (usually near the ends of sprints or just before deployment) and attention to detail declines.
With nearly 30 years of combined experience between us, we (and we are Julie Clooney and Marianne Erickson) have compiled tools to help mitigate the effects of budgets and bottlenecks in the testing process. Our tools help build team enthusiasm for quality and a Whole-Team, Agile approach to testing. Learning outcomes in five areas will provide our session participants with a toolkit they can use to facilitate improved, continuous, and collaborative test strategies for their teams.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants in our session will learn how to implement a “Whole Team Approach” toward testing, and take away a toolkit of ideas to practice with their own Agile teams.
  • We will concentrate on five focal points of Agile Testing:
  • 1. Culture and Mindset: Creating a Whole Team Approach
  • 2. Categories of Testing: Who can, who can’t, and cross-training
  • 3. Roles and Responsibilities
  • 4. Test Strategy and Planning
  • 5. UX and UI: The user-centric tester


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Marianne Erickson

Sr, Consultant at Express Scripts, Daugherty Business Solutions

Thursday August 8, 2019 09:00 - 10:15 EDT
National Harbor 3

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