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Testing Ask Me Anything - Managing Risk

Testing Ask Me Anything
with Alex Schladebeck

About This Testing Ask Me Anything

I’d been exploratory testing naturally for years before I discovered what I was doing and decided to do it with purpose. Once I found out more about it, I realised what a fantastic – and currently often invisible – skill is. It is highly systematic, involves on the spot learning, pulling from experience and decision making. I also firmly believe that it remains one of the important skills we will need in the future.

Alongside exploratory testing in general, I’m very interested in how to teach it to testers and developers, and also in “microheuristics”. Microheuristics are the shared models, assumptions and patterns that result from learning about testing, knowing about software, experiencing errors, and hours of testing (either hands-on, or automated, or simply asking questions in various development meetings). These things come quickly to mind when we see something that reminds us of them – and give us the idea of what to do next (probably to prompt interesting behaviour).

Some example questions and themes you may wish to ask include:

  • Why do you think exploratory testing is a skill we need in the future?
  • How does exploratory testing help to manage risk?
  • How would you go about teaching developers about exploratory testing?

Your Speaker

Alex Schladebeck

Alex Schladebeck

Head of Quality / CEO

Alex is a passionate tester whose favourite topics are quality, agility and humans. She is CEO and Head of Quality at Bredex GmbH. In these roles, she supports colleagues, customers and teams on their journey to better quality - be it in products, in processes or in their communication. In previous roles, she was responsible for enabling teams and growing quality. Now she enables others to do that work, and works on nurturing a system in the company where everyone can flourish. Alex views the world through the curious eyes of a tester and loves learning new things. She shares her knowledge and experience in workshops, coaching sessions and as a speaker or keynote speaker at conferences.

Your Host

Vernon Richards

Vernon Richards

Test Evangelist / Mentor

Vernon has been testing software for 14 years starting with video games on PS2, Xbox and PC. In that time, many changes have occurred in the software development world but testers often still use the trusty old vocabulary of “tests cases”, “pass/fail” and “giving confidence”. Taking advantage of a diverse range of experiences gained on projects such as F1 racing teams, networked gambling machines and others, Vernon helps teams speak in a language the business can understand - no translation necessary!