Agile development hit mainstream recognition a long time ago. Yet there is often uncertainty and turmoil around what “agile development” means, in theory and in practice, and the place of testing within it. The confusion affects agile projects and the people in them.
There have been some discussion points, such as Mike Cohn’s Agile Testing Pyramid and Marick, Crisipin and Gregory’s Agile Testing Quadrants, and many people have found them helpful. Yet James Bach and Michael Bolton, authors of Rapid Software Testing, still hear testers expressing a good deal of pain over the role of the tester — and others and the structures of testing activity in Agile projects.
Is there really such a thing as “Agile Testing”, or does testing remain testing while “agile” is context? Building on what has gone before, Michael Bolton will offer a refactoring of testing in agile contexts, with a refactored set of Agile Testing Quadrants. He’ll use the lens of Rapid Software Testing—an agile (but not necessarily Agile) approach to testing that focuses on the mindset, skill set, and role of the tester. Michael will show how Agile projects can—and should—be infused with testing that helps to identify, defend, and maximize the value of the product while reducing the costs of development.
Michael Bolton is a consulting software tester and testing teacher who helps people to solve testing problems that they didn’t realize they could solve. In 2006, he became co-author (with James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing (RST), a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly and credibly in uncertain conditions and under extreme time pressure. Since then, he has flown over a million miles to teach RST in 35 countries on six continents.
Michael has 25 years of experience testing, developing, managing, and writing about software. For the last 18 years, he has led DevelopSense, a Toronto-based testing and development consultancy. Prior to that, he was with Quarterdeck Corporation for eight years, during which he managed the company’s flagship products and directed project and testing teams both in-house and around the world.
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