STARWEST 2021 Tutorial: Running Risk Assessment Sessions

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Running Risk Assessment Sessions

Risk is a feature of every project. We work to minimize it when we're aware of it and mitigate it regardless. However, we have very few avenues to formally discuss risk with our teammates, which is why we need risk assessment sessions. Jenny will lead the group through the five stages of a well-run risk assessment session, and you will be able to break off into smaller groups to run your mini risk assessment on an example application! You will pick your features: how do we select the features for a risk assessment session? Jenny will suggest several methods, including grouping by pages and user stories. Pick a rating system: how do we talk objectively about the risks we're uncovering? We select a rating system and then give it value. Level-set your rating system: what does our system mean? Jenny will lead the group in level setting your rating system using input from business and product (gathered from real users of the system we'll be using! Assign values: this is the meat of the session. Expect hearty discussions on what features are and how important they are to the system overall. You'll come away from the session with a deeper understanding of risk, its place in our sprints, and hands-on experience with risk assessment sessions.

Jenny Bramble

Jenny Bramble came up through support and DevOps, cutting her teeth on that interesting role that acts as the 'translator' between customer requests from support and the development team before diving headlong into her career as a tester. Her love of support and the human side of problems lets her find a sweet spot between empathy for the user and empathy for her team. She's done testing, support, or human interfacing for most of her career. She finds herself happiest when she's making an impact on other people--whether it's helping find issues in applications, speaking at events, or just grabbing coffee and chatting.