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Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 11:30am - 12:30pm
Agile Testing

The New Agile Testing Quadrants: Bringing Skilled Testers and Developers Together

You want to integrate skilled testing and development work. But how do you accomplish this without developers accidentally subverting the testing process or testers becoming an obstruction? Efficient, deep testing requires “critical distance” from the development process, commitment and planning to build a testable product, dedication to uncovering the truth, responsiveness among team members, and often a skill set that developers alone—or testers alone—do not ordinarily possess. James Bach and Michael Bolton present a model which is a redesign of the famous Agile Testing Quadrants that distinguished business vs. technical facing tests and supporting vs. critiquing. Their new model frames these dynamics and helps teams think through the nature of development and testing roles and how they might blend, conflict, or support each other on an agile project. James and Michael include a brief discussion of the original Agile Testing Quadrants model, which the presenters believe has created much confusion about the role of testing in agile.

James Bach, Satisfice, Inc.

James Bach is founder and principal consultant of Satisfice, Inc., a software testing and quality assurance company. In the eighties, James cut his teeth as a programmer, tester, and SQA manager in Silicon Valley in the world of market-driven software development. For nearly fifteen years, he has traveled the world teaching rapid software testing skills and serving as an expert witness on court cases involving software testing.

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Michael Bolton, DevelopSense

Tester, consultant, and trainer Michael Bolton is the coauthor (with James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing, a course that presents a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly in uncertain conditions and under extreme time pressure. A leader in the context-driven software testing movement, Michael has twenty years of experience testing, developing, managing, and writing about software. Currently, he leads DevelopSense, a Toronto-based consultancy.

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