What Testers can learn from Elephants

Th6     Start Time : 11:15     End Time : 11:45

Do you know David Attenborough? He is an English broadcaster and natural historian. He studies, describes and researches wild life to create awareness and secure the preservation of nature. In this track session we follow his footsteps. We step into the wild and study the elephant and the influence it might have on testing.

The elephant is known for collaboration, team building & taking care of each other. Skills that are also important for a tester. We will investigate on how we can make our testing more successful by investing in those elements.

Subjects that will be touched upon are:

  • Stakeholder Management
  • Lobbying
  • Communication techniques
  • Team building


During the track session you will be given practical examples that will help you in your work.

Key Takeaways:

  1. No textbook story, but learning from experience
  2. Learning what extra topics can be used to make your role as a Tester or Test Manager more complete and successful
  3. Do’s & Don’ts that can immediately be applied in the organization of the delegates


Back to Programme


  • Speaker


    Iris Pinkster-O'Riordain - Test Advisor, Professional Testing, Netherlands

    Iris Pinkster-O’Riordain has worked in testing and test management since 1996. She is currently a test advisor at Professional Testing.

    She is a co-developer of Logica’s method for structured testing: TestFrame ®, their test management approach and TestGrip, the method on test policy and test organization. Iris has also co-authored several books on these topics.

    She often speaks at (inter) national conferences.

    • In 2007 she won the EuroSTAR award for “Best Tutorial”
    • In 2017 she was Program Chair for the EuroSTAR Conference in Copenhagen

  • Co-Speaker

    Greet Burkels - Professional Testing Netherlands

    Greet Burkels is an experienced Test Program Manager at Professional Interim & Program Management who has led large programs within various (international) corporations. Programs related to mergers, system integration, organizational changes and even implementation of a new metro line. She has obtained the Practioner certificate for Managing Successful Programs to complete the experiences gained over the last twenty-some years.

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