What works: Lessons from 20000 Testers

Speaker: Jan Schwenzien

Time: 16:00, Wednesday


We spend almost all of our time working on making software better. We find bugs and improve flows, all with the goal of getting closer to awesome.

What happens when we turn this inquisitive and discerning frame of mind to the work of being a tester?

After years of working with tens of thousands of testers, and reviewing hundreds of thousands of bugs, I’ve learned to look at tester behavior at scale. By analyzing the work that our huge crowd of testers have done, I’ve come to some interesting conclusions. There are ways of working that separate the good testers from the truly exceptional ones. Sometimes the mindset and the habits are there from the start, sometimes they develop over time as testers gain experience working with software and development teams.

I’ve crystallized these down into a few areas that can help everyone, no matter how new or experienced she is in this business:

- Behaviors that make you a great tester
- The mindset to cultivate that makes your results most helpful for software teams
- What to focus on to make the biggest impact

It wouldn’t be a testing conference if these assertions weren’t well-documented and backed up by data. I dig deep into the archives to share real-life examples: what separates a good bug title from a great one, the subtle differences in a bug report quality, and tools that help along the way.

In this presentation, you’ll get the data-driven lessons of how to become better at what you do, what to look for when you’re hiring, and how to help your testing team grow and improve.

About Jan Schwenzien

Company Name: test IO

Country: Germany

Company Role: CTO & Co-Founder

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janschwenzien/

Twitter Handle: @testIO