Agile + DevOps East 2022 Concurrent Session : Dungeons & Dragons: Becoming the Hero of the Sprint

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Dungeons & Dragons: Becoming the Hero of the Sprint

When I began my journey as a QA Specialist nearly a decade ago, I had a lot to learn about testing, but the more sprint meetings I attended, the more it felt like the Dungeons & Dragons table. It turns out that fighting hordes of the undead and hunting down software bugs have more than a few things in common. What did playing a rogue with a clumsy streak teach me about software development? In this interactive session, I will explore three crossover strategies gaming taught me about the quest for quality, how to better partner with your QA team, and creative ways to spend your time doing the things you love. We all know the heavy demands placed on software teams today to code, test, and be human in this era of remote work. I’ll use an evidence-based approach to explore how to continue to improve your collaborative and problem-solving skills while transforming you into the hero of the sprint. Grab your dice and roll for initiative as we level up on a Dungeons and Dragons-style adventure in DevOps. Together.



Having spent nearly a decade as an Automation Developer writing test cases and delivering automated results for clients, I recently moved into the community side of DevOps. My automations have mainly been in C# and other backend languages, but I know just enough Javascript to be dangerous. When I’m not achievement hunting, I like to complete RCA on software bugs and failed relationships. I have dual degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, hail from Springfield, MO, and my D&D main character is a clumsy rogue.