Let’s Start a Test Revolution – A Team-Based Approach to Test Innovation

Is testing really keeping up with the advances of software development? Are our testing approaches evolving as quickly as the new technologies, or are we being left behind, using the same methods and techniques as we did a decade ago?

Testing needs to get more innovative, find new ways to test more efficiently and effectively, and to better adapt to each unique context. The first step is to realize that testing is not about finding answers, but about asking questions. Nobel laureate Dr. Michael Smith advocated “follow-your-nose research” in his field, biotechnology; he was willing to pursue new ideas even if it meant that he had to learn new methods or technologies. Similarly testers should do “follow-your nose testing”, exploring new approaches and questioning old habits.

In this presentation, I will suggest an approach for test planning that encourages innovation and overcomes barriers to quality. Through a cogent discussion of ideas around brainstorming, collaboration and creativity, I will provide you with new insights that can help you revolutionize the test industry!

Workshop Takeaways:

  • An overview of the difference between testing and quality, and how they are related.
  • A presentation of ideas about why testing needs to get more innovative.
  • Why classic brainstorming doesn’t work, and how to build creative, innovative teams.
  • Tools to re-invent testing practices.
  • An understanding of what “follow-your-nose testing” is, and how to apply it on any software development project.

Leadership Strategy Workshop
Location: Fairbanks Terrace B Date: March 31, 2015 Time: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Christin Wiedemann STPCon Spring 2015 Christin Wiedemann