Keynote 4 – Growing From a Reckless Bughunter to a Stakeholder Conversationalist

K4     Start Time : 08:45     End Time : 09:30

In my early days as a tester, I believed I proved my worth by finding as many bugs as possible. This was more than good enough in some situations, but total failure at least once.

Encountering the context-driven school of testing helped me see the bigger picture; that I needed to understand the information objectives in order to figure out what to test, and how. My most powerful tool became quality characteristics, and I co-authored a very long generic list that could be tailored for the unique situation. The resulting quality objectives looked too good, and were happily accepted, but not really anchored.

Nowadays I want the objectives and drivers to emerge when talking to stakeholders, but this is very difficult! Most people are occupied with other things than testing, and I need to gently help them help me. I might put words in their mouth, but it needs to be the words they truly agree with. I want us to agree on the objectives, so I know the testing results are interesting.

In this keynote I will explain what context-driven testing means to me, and share personal stories that might help you realize which conversations you must have to anchor your testing mission.

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  • Speaker

  • Rikard Edgren - Test Expert, LearningWell, Sweden

    Rikard Edgren has been testing since 1998 and sees himself as a context-driven, humanistic and technical tester, enjoying the dynamics between people/machines, objective/subjective, whole/details.

    After a couple of years with Microsoft’s localized products, he spent 11 years with Spotfire, producer of interactive data visualization products. The learnings resulted in the free e-book The Little Black Book on Test Design.

    Since 2011 he has been as a test consultant also doing testing education at companies and higher vocational studies programs, with a slight preference towards exploratory testing and test strategy.

    He is a regular at national and international conferences, with seven appeareances at EuroSTAR (two of those as program committe member.) Member of the think-tank The Test Eye, author of Den Lilla Svarta om Teststrategi (in Swedish), co-author of Software Quality Characteristics, and co-organizer of SWET, Swedish Workshop on Exloratory Testing.
    Currently working as test expert at LearningWell Karlstad, Sweden.