My Top 10 Mistakes Testing with Agile

W17     Start Time : 14:45     End Time : 15:30

Agile (in whatever flavour rocks your boat) has had a remarkable effect on the Software Industry for many years now, with its ability to be adapted to every situation.

Unfortunately, because of this adaptability, it’s also really easy to make mistakes. But then again – that’s the point – we need to make mistakes in order to learn, to improve, and hopefully, to not make the same mistakes again.

I’ll be talking through some of the mistakes that I’ve been a part of over the last ten years. We’ll look at the issues, why they happened, what was the effect, and then we’ll go through what was learned and how to avoid such issues in the future.

How many of these have you heard in your office?

  • “The clients are shouting for a new thing – we’ll fix those bugs later.”
  • “Let’s do a story kick-off – and the good news is I’ve already finished the code!”
  • “Your team is so stable and onloads new starters so well, so we’re going to change the line-up 13 times in six months.”
  • “Why have five one-point stories when you can actually just do it all in one five-point story. That will be much quicker.”
  • “That solution’s awesome – let’s do that! Er, no – I haven’t checked it with the clients…”

Key Takeaways

  • How to avoid some of the obvious, and not-so-obvious, problems with Agile Development
  • What to do when it all goes wrong
  • How to Make learning a keep part of the Agile process.

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    Kevin Harris - Test Lead, NewVoiceMedia, United Kingdom

    Kevin Harris has been in Software Testing for more than 15 years, working in a variety of industries – loyalty, travel, health, Government, marketing and communications, and in a variety of roles from Tester to Test Manager (via Developer, Business Analyst and Scrum Master).

    Kevin is specifically interested in the Agile Process and the positive effect it has had on the Development process in the last ten years.

    Kevin lives in a small village in the South of England, where he moans about the weather, grows dandelions and fails to put up shelves.