Tales From Developer Tester Collaboration – Maaret Pyhäjärvi & Llewellyn Falco

Tales From Developer Tester Collaboration – Maaret Pyhäjärvi & Llewellyn Falco


There seems to be a large divide between developers and testers. Developers can see the tester role as trivial and testers can see the developer role as narrow and dull. There’s a lot of fear when pairing the two together, both from the developer’s and tester’s point of view. They don’t want to try it, they don’t want to do it. But what if they did?

In this talk, we look at what happened when we paired as developer and tester. We will show the practicalities of how each viewpoint affected the other person’s work, what we appreciated and what we did not. Can we keep what is special about each specialty without becoming the other?

About Maaret and Llewellyn

Maaret Pyhäjärvi is a tester extraordinaire specializing in breaking illusions about software through means of exploratory testing. She is a software specialist with soft spots for hands-on testing, helping teams grow and building successful products and businesses.

Llewellyn Falco is a brilliant developer with the skill to bring out the best in others through pairing and facilitating group work. He specializes in technical agile practices on legacy code and excels in unit testing. He has created ApprovalTests as a means of supercharging unit tests with powerful asserts.

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