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Monday, August 7 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Pairing: The Secret Sauce of Agile Testing (Jess Lancaster)

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Finding time to learn test techniques, mentor other testers, grow application knowledge, and cross-train your team members is a daunting task with a complicated recipe. What if you could do these things while testing and finding bugs? Enter Pair Testing. What’s that? Two people testing together where one operates the keyboard in exercising the software and the other participant suggests, analyzes, and notates the testing outcomes. And it’s the secret sauce of agile testing because it makes your routine, bland testing so much more fun and productive! Testers on Jess Lancaster’s team use pair testing not only to make better software but also to foster better team relationships along the way. Jess explores why pairing works, how to run an effective pairing session, how to pair with others on the team, such as project managers, designers, developers, and just how easy it is to get started with pairing. Armed with Jess’ easy-to-use Pair Testing recipe card, plan your first pairing encounter so you are ready to roll when you get back to the office. This sounds easy enough, but you know there will be mistakes when you try it. Jess has you covered there, too. Learn his team’s pairing mistakes and the things his team did to improve their pairing sessions.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Why pairing works, and reasons why you as a tester or agile team member need to be pairing
  • How to get started with pairing using a step-by-step process that leads to successful sessions
  • Learn my team’s pair testing mistakes and what we did to improve so you don't make the same mistakes
  • Pairing with other team members in differing roles, in addition to different ideas for pairing, such as test design, user stories, and bug reports
  • How to use the pairing recipe for making this secret sauce back at your workplace
  • Hands-on exercise with planning pairing sessions so that you can take it back to the office and pair with a co-worker!

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Jess Lancaster

QA Practice Manager, TechSmith
Jess Lancaster is the QA practice manager at TechSmith, the makers of Snagit, Camtasia, and other visual communication software applications. He coaches and equips testers with the skills to be quality champions on agile teams. With more than twenty years of information systems a... Read More →

Monday August 7, 2017 3:45pm - 5:00pm