June Meeting – Agile Testing Practices

Janet Gregory

The next Agile Edmonton user group meeting will be on Wednesday, June 6th at noon.

Agile Testing Practices

On agile teams, testing is an activity, not a phase or a role and many teams struggle with this concept. In this development model, where do testers fit in agile teams? Janet Gregory explains how testing activities are included throughout the agile process, and what value a tester can add to the agile team. Sharing her extensive experiences, she describes the importance of collaboration and simplicity in activities such as automation, ATDD (Acceptance Test Driven Development), and exploratory testing. Models such as the agile testing quadrants give a framework to identify testing needs for not only every story, but for features and the project. Janet presents an overview of agile testing practices and delegates will have an opportunity through discussions and exercises to understand how agile practices fit together and allow teams to complete story testing within an iteration, and deliver quality products that satisfy business needs.

An agile testing coach and practitioner, Janet Gregory is the co-author of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams and a contributor to 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know. Janet specializes in showing agile teams how testers can add value in areas beyond critiquing the product; for example, guiding development with business-facing tests. For the past ten years, Janet has been working with teams to transition to agile development, and teaches agile testing courses and tutorials worldwide. Janet contributes articles to publications such as Better Software, Software Test & Performance Magazine and Agile Journal, and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences and user group meetings around the world. Janet was named one of the 13 Women of Influence in testing by Software Test & Performance magazine – January 2010 issue.

For more about Janet’s work, visit http://www.janetgregory.ca or visit her blog at http://janetgregory.blogspot.com.

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This meeting will be held at Startup Edmonton in the Mercer Warehouse 3rd Floor, 10363 – 104 Street.

If possible, try to show up a bit before noon so that we can get started on time. Be sure to forward this information to anybody that would be interested.

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