Agile Testing for the Whole Team - 3 Day Course - 23rd - 25th March 2020

This unique and practical course was developed by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory based on their popular books, Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole team. Participants learn ways the whole delivery team can collaborate to plan and execute the many different testing activities needed to build quality into their product. Through lecture, discussion and hands-on exercises, the course explains essential principles and practices.

Speaker

Janet Gregory
Janet Gregory
Agile Testing Coach

Schedule

Monday, 23rd March 2020

Training

This unique and practical course was developed by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory based on their popular books, Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole team. Participants learn ways the whole delivery team can collaborate to plan and execute the many different testing activities needed to build quality into their product. Through lecture, discussion and hands-on exercises, the course explains essential principles and practices, including:

  • How testing fits into the short iterations and frequent deliveries in an agile manner, including adoption of continuous delivery
  • Contributions testers can make to become valued agile team members, and help with adopting approaches such as DevOps
  • Common cultural and logistical obstacles in transitioning to an agile development process
  • Values and principles that help team members adopt an agile testing mindset
  • How the whole team contributes to the success of testing practices, such as acceptance-test driven development (ATDD), test automation, and exploratory testing

The course is filled with real-life examples of how teams collaborate to deliver high-value, high-quality software. A simulation wraps up the whole course giving participants an opportunity to put all the puzzle pieces together, and practice what they have learned. Participants leave with practical skills and techniques that they can start using right away.

Who Should Take This Course?

The course is ideal for testers, developers, iteration facilitators, team leads, managers, anyone on who wants to learn what testing means on an agile team. Everyone will benefit from understanding their contribution and the interaction with testers on the team. Basic agile knowledge is recommended so the participants can actively contribute with questions and shared experiences.

What You Will Learn On This Course

Course Outline
Each module includes small group exercises and discussions in addition to the major exercises listed.

Day 1

Agile: What is it and How Testing Fits in? – Module 1

  • Overview of agile terminology and principles
  • Introduce agile testing activities and approach

Adapting to Agile - Module 2

  • The whole-team approach
    • Roles and responsibilities; collaboration
  • Overcoming common obstacles
    • Cultural Issues; mini-waterfalls
  • Transitioning typical processes
    • Defect tracking, quality models, traceability

Making Test Automation Work

  • Using Automation So testing “Keeps up”
    • Value of automation
    • Barriers to Automation
  • Developing an Agile Automation Strategy
    • Using the Test Automation Pyramid for maximum benefit
    • What should and shouldn’t be automated
    • A bit about test design
  • Applying agile principles
  • Evaluating tools and managing automated tests

Day 2

Testing Activities at the Release and Feature Level – Module 4

  • Levels of precision / dependencies / multiple levels
  • Slicing stories, with thin slice / steel thread approach
  • How testers contribute to sizing your stories
  • Alternatives to large test plans; release-level test matrix
  • Discussions on test results, metrics, coverage

Testing Approaches for Agile Testing - Module 5

  • Guiding development with tests (ATDD)
  • Using the Agile Testing Quadrants - vocabulary, benefits
  • Exploratory Testing
  • Testing for Quality Attributes

Day 3

Testing Activities during the Iteration – Module 6

  • Story Readiness
  • Iteration Planning - roles, creating tasks
  • During the Iteration - Coding & Testing
    • Collaboration
    • Expanding tests, exploratory testing
    • Customer acceptance, regression tests,
  • Wrap-up of the iteration – demo, retrospectives

Iteration Simulation

  • Includes iteration planning, code and test, automation

The End Game - Module 7

  • What is the end game, and what is required for successful delivery

Key Success Factors & Wrap-Up - Module 8

  • Seven Factors for Agile Testing Success, and Confidence Building Practices

Wrap-Up

  • Discussion back to original problems that participants are experiencing
Janet Gregory

Janet Gregory is an agile testing coach and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009), and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley 2014), the Live Lessons Agile Testing Essentials video course, and “Agile Testing for the Whole Team” 3-day training course.

Janet specializes in showing agile teams how testing practices are necessary to develop good quality products. She works with teams to transition to agile development and teaches agile testing courses worldwide. She contributes articles to publications and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences and user group meetings around the world. For more about Janet’s work and her blog, visit www.janetgregory.ca or www.agiletester.ca.