Session type:
Case Study

Session duration:
45 minutes

Presented by:

Stephen Janaway

Bloom & Wild

About this Case Study

It's all too easy to think you understand what testing is all about. Checking that the software works, right? Simple. Well, that's not the true story.

What good testing looks like is one of the most misunderstood areas of software development. Sadly, not only do those outside of the testing industry often misunderstand what good looks like, those within testing often do as well.

As tools vendors and service companies push their own agendas and universities push out more and more graduates with little formal education in testing, it's no surprise that the sorts of testing typically talked about at agile conferences are not the sort of testing that fits with the autonomous, cross-functional teams we seek to build.

If you've seen testers as the blockers to the team's delivery or the quality police, then you'll no doubt understand why change is needed.

Fortunately, there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is another way. And in this session, I intend to tell you what that is. I will talk about how testing has come to be where it is today, what bad and ugly testing looks like and - more importantly - what good testing is.

I'll cover the common misconceptions, myths and legends of testing that I feel hold not only testers, but teams and companies, back. I'll talk about the investigative process that testing should be, why 100% automation is neither realistic nor necessary, and how testers can really glue great teams together.

And most importantly, I'll give you the information to take back to your teams to really be able to help your testers excel at their craft and ensure that they are a key part of every agile team. And teams with empowered, effective testers are teams that can really deliver.

I've tested, managed and trained testers for over 15 years, and, in my last 3 roles as a delivery manager, a head of technology and a VP of engineering, I've been able to view testers and testing from an alternative viewpoint. This case study will be full of examples from both the testing and development viewpoints and I hope to be able to share experiences that you will find interesting and useful.

About the Speaker

Stephen is VP of Engineering for Bloom & Wild, the UK's most loved online florist.

Over the last 15 years he's worked in coaching, training and leadership positions in companies such as Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola and the YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP, as well as advising a number of mobile and e-commerce companies on development, testing and delivery strategies. He has written and presented many times about software development, testing and delivery, and is co-curator of the Testing In The Pub podcast.


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