Agile + DevOps West 2020 Concurrent Session : Agile Testing Basics for Non-Testers


Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Agile Testing Basics for Non-Testers

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Have you ever asked a tester “how in the world did you find that bug?” or “what is that strange language the testers are speaking?”. Or maybe you’re being asked to pick up testing activities on your agile cross-functional team. Agile testing is its own unique skill set and is more and more often being completed by non-testers. In agile, quality has become a team responsibility. Increasingly, developers and non-testers are being asked to test and "shift left", but are rarely given the tools to ensure their testing is up to snuff. This often results in wasted time and effort and costly bugs. In this session, explore some of the basics of exploratory testing, testing terminology, and start to think like testers. Key takeaways include: session based testing with charters, testing vocabulary and techniques, testing pyramid, understanding and communicating risk, and why automation isn’t always the answer.

Jenna Charlton
Coveros, Inc.

Jenna Charlton has been a software tester for nearly a decade. In that time she’s focused on manual testing, taking a particular interest in web accessibility and usability. Jenna’s experience in testing runs the gamut from lone tester on a Scrum team to test lead on an enterprise-level project. Jenna’s primary areas of expertise are in agile testing methodologies, risk based testing, accessibility testing, and test leadership. She is a regular speaker at conferences, covering a variety of testing topics and team collaboration. Jenna is passionate about making testing concepts accessible and relevant.