Test Management Forum - 29 October 2014

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The 44th Test Management Forum will take place on Wednesday 29 October 2014 at the conference centre at Balls's Brothers, Minster Pavement

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Timetable

13:30pm

Tea/Coffee

14:00pm

Introductions

14:15pm

Chris Ambler, Chris Ambler Consulting: Good, Fast, Cheap - The Eternal Conundrum

Paul Gerrard, Gerrard Consulting: The New Model of Testing – identifying the core skills of future testers

Ernesto Abad: How strong is your team? The 4 pillars of good testers

15:30pm

Tea/Coffee

16:00pm

Gordon Appleby, TrustIV: Performance Testing in the Project Timeline – Gotchas

Sam Clarke, nFocus: Where do test professionals fit into Application Lifecycle Management in Agile and Scrum?

Mohinder Khosla: Sketching as a tool for visual thinking and Notetaking

17:15pm

Drinks Reception

Programme

Sam Clarke, nFocus: Where do test professionals fit into Application Lifecycle Management in Agile and Scrum?

The transition from traditional software development methodologies and processes to Agile and SCRUM has raised the issue of the role of Testing in small team. The Agile Manifesto and Scrum framework make no direct mention of Testing or Quality Assurance.  The term “working product increment” is the key to this omission as “working” implies tested (it is rare to develop working products without some element of testing).  In addition Sprint retrospectives and continual improvement should cover some aspects of Quality Management such as process improvement.

But we all know that theory and practice don’t always match hence the rise of the Testing Profession and this can be just as true with Agile and Scrum as it was with waterfall methodologies.  

Shift left (testing early prevention is better than cure) has widened testing into validation of requirement and test models (for example early performance modelling). DevOps demands continuous testing in the production environment. Application Lifecycle Management is now high on the agenda.

So what’s the problem? Its seems we have an identity crisis, some of us feel threatened, some of us see great opportunities to use our skills in a small dynamic teams whether it be in  Quality Management or business and technical testing.

Any development team needs a good mix of skills and specialists. We need to understand our strengths, weaknesses and opportunities so we can show our contribution to the team is valuable, necessary and we are not seen as blockers to the process.

This will be an interactive session and ALL test professionals are welcome, we have to break the Test Manager/Tester model and come up with something more relevant to this way of working. It is our collective knowledge and experience that will make the difference between success and failure.   

Mohinder Khosla: Sketching as a tool for visual thinking and Notetaking

We visualise information in a number of ways through mindmaps, graphs, charts, imagery and sketches. Visual language is a bed rock of visual thinking, a way of integrating information, communicating and sharing knowledge and insight. Therefore, developing these skills improves our thinking, our communication and our collaborative capacity. On the other hand sketching is considered to be one of the best ways to give life to our ideas that aids visualisation and develop and validate new concepts.

In the workshop, a short introduction on how we process information, left-right brain functions metaphor, the importance of visualisation in our work and 3 basic steps of visual sketch notetaking will be introduced.

This is a hands-on workshop on sketching therefore don’t forget to bring your favourite markers and sketchnotes although we will have some supplies handy in case you forget them. Exercises are included so you can start building your own library of images that you take home for visual notetaking. For visual notetaking, text and pictures are used to illustrate as examples. You may be asked to think of a work or personal situation to sketch when we introduce analog drawing. Therefore come prepared.

A list of tips will be given as a guide along with selected imagery for your sketch notetaking.

Gordon Appleby, TrustIV: Performance Testing in the Project Timeline – Gotchas

A workshop-cum-surgery and Q&A on the challenges of performance testing.

Ernesto Abad: How strong is your team? The 4 pillars of good testers

This session has 2 parts. The first one is about discovering whether you have a strong team, a weak one or something in the middle. I want to discuss what actually makes a strong team.
For me a strong team:

  • consistently delivers features and releases with quality and in time.
  • delivered products get very little negative feedback from the field
  • the team can take any testing task (functional, performance, usability testing, automated and manual)
  • other project stakeholders have high regard for the test team. They feel confident they can deliver
  • the test team feels confident too. There is a can do attitude.
  • team has positive, motivated and hard working people. Team relies on strengths and mitigates weaknesses.
  • team can work with other teams, cross-functional, cross-companies.

So how strong is your team? What can you do if your team is not strong enough? One thing is to work on each of your individuals. How strong are they? Do they even know what makes a good tester?

In my opinion the 4 pillars of good testers are:

  • Finding loads of good bugs
  • Test plans: plan, write, execute
  • Equipment/infrastructure
  • Automation

I will expand on those 4 areas and also provide other points that I think are important.
Summary: we will talk about what makes a strong team and what are some of the traits of good testers.

 

Chris Ambler, Chris Ambler Consulting: Good, Fast, Cheap - The Eternal Conundrum

I would like to discuss the challenges behind achieving the perfect solution to the above conundrum. It's said that you can have any 2 out of 3: cheap and good won't be fast, good and fast won't be cheap and cheap and fast won't be good. How can we deliver all 3 together to a customers' satisfaction? It would be good to discuss peoples' experiences and thoughts on this and come up with some answers.

Paul Gerrard, Gerrard Consulting: The New Model of Testing – identifying the core skills of future testers

The 'New Model for Testing' that Paul published in July suggests that the core skills of testers are somewhat different to those being promoted by many of the leaders in the testing field and, of course, the certification schemes. In the paper, only a superficial list of skills that might be relevant to the new model were identified. These included both the obvious skills of critical thinking, interviewing and modelling, but also some perhaps unexpected skills: the Socratic method, computer forensics, predicate logic and proof.

The model identifies technical skills, but as all practitioners know, it's the interpersonal skills that a tester has that are, perhaps, the most critical.

In this session, Paul will present a refined list of both technical and impersonal skills and map these to the capabilities that testers in the new world must have. The goal of the session is to discuss and refine this list of skills and mappings to capabilities to create perhaps a new 'Tester Skills Manifesto'.

 

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