STARCANADA 2017 Keynote : Key Skills and Attributes for Everyone Who Tests Software

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Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 2:45pm to 3:45pm

Key Skills and Attributes for Everyone Who Tests Software

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As organizations continue to refine their software development and testing approaches, the skills and attributes for the tester role must keep pace with these rapid changes. Many people other than traditional testers are now being asked to conduct testing. Whether you’re a lifelong tester or are just embracing testing from another discipline, there are key skills everyone requires. Janet Gregory presents some key skills and attributes testers need, whether they are practicing agile or more traditional methods. She explores skills such as effective communication as well as technical and domain skills. Janet discusses key attributes—such as creativity, flexibility, and tenacity—that all team members can bring to the table to help with product testing, especially the cross-functional teams on agile projects. There are attributes and skills—such as “a different mindset” or “good communication—that are often talked about. Easy to say, but what does that mean specifically for testing activities? Janet shares her thoughts on those skills and attributes as well as many others that affect not only testers but also test managers, programmers, business analysts, and even product managers.

Janet Gregory
DragonFire, Inc.

Janet Gregory is an agile testing coach and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009), and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley 2014. She is also a contributor to other software development books. Janet specializes in showing agile teams how testers can add value in areas beyond critiquing the product - for example, guiding development with business-facing tests. Janet works with teams to transition to agile development, and teaches agile testing courses worldwide. She contributes articles to publications and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences and user group meetings around the world. Her peers voted as the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person in 2015. For more about Janet’s work and her blog, visit or You can also follow her on twitter @janetgregoryca.