Test Management in a Changing World

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Looking at the history of testing it all started with developers. While developing, tests were executed. And that was enough, developers could use their common sense to come up with the necessary tests. When code, applications and systems got more complex, a more structured way of testing was introduced, resulting in a list of innovative test techniques and test methods. This structure helped to get grip on development and test work. Also the organizations changed: from developers/testers to fully trained and certified testers, from testers positioned in development departments to central test departments.

The above history shows that testing and testers have always been able to innovate. That testing has always been able to improve following the trends. And nowadays working more Agile demands another type of testing, testers and test organisations again.

This tutorial will start with an introduction covering the above. After that the presenters will look at the current trends: i.e. Agile, Scrum, Lean, continuous delivery & integration and DevOps. How will this affect the current test process and the role of the test manager and tester?

Each of the trends mentioned above will be explored using different viewpoints, e.g. from a testers/test managers perspective, from an organization perspective and from a test method perspective. We will answer questions like whether test just has to follow the trends or that these trends give testing an opportunity to step out of the comfort zone and take these opportunities as a new start for setting testing trends. Whether they can be used to redefine the testing profession and to take the lead into positioning ourselves within changing organizations. In doing this, the presenters will stay practical; the purpose of this tutorial is to give the attendees hands-on ideas on how to use the learned in their practice.

This tutorial is of special interest to project managers and test managers who are involved in test improvement projects.

Key Takeaways:

– How can the testing profession absorb new trends?
– What opportunities will new trends bring our test profession?
– How will new trends affect the way testing is organised within companies

  • Speaker

  • Bob van de Burgt - , Professional Testing, Netherlands

    Bob van de Burgt is test advisor at Professional Testing bv. He contributed to the development of the testing method TestFrame® and the test management approach of Logica for which he also was co-author of the published books. Bob has given many testing courses (including ISTQB) and is a frequent speaker at (inter)national congresses. He was member of the board of the Dutch SIGIST TestNet for 10 years of which 6 year as chairman. Bob was Programme Chair of EuroSTAR 2008 in The Hague and won the European Testing Excellence Award in 2012.

  • Iris Pinster-O'Riordain - , Professional Testing, Netherlands

    Iris Pinkster-O’Riordain is test advisor at Professional Testing and has experience in testing and test management since 1996. She co-developed Logica’s method for structured testing; TestFrame ®, their test management approach and TestGrip, the method on test policy and test organization. Irish has co-authored the the books published on these topics. She often speaks at (inter) national conferences, and won the EuroSTAR award for “Best Tutorial” in 2007.