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TestBash Revisited: Exploratory Testing with the Team, a Journey Worth Taking

TestBash Revisited
with Maaike Brinkhof

Exploratory Testing is great to teach others because it uses everybody’s unique point of view, experience, and biases when interacting with the application under test.

Maaike Brinkhof

About This TestBash Revisited

In this session, Mark Winteringham will be joined by Maaike Brinkhof, where they will revisit Maaike's talk from TestBash Brighton 2019.

Here's what Maaike had to say back in 2019:

"For a while now, the motto for agile testers has been: ‘acquire more technical skills so you can support the team better’. However, you almost never hear the motto for developers: ‘improve your testing skills so you can support the team better’. Even in an agile context, you still see testers doing the bulk, if not all, of the non-automated testing.

But wouldn’t it be more effective if the testers teach the whole team how to explore? Can you imagine the power of a whole team being able to test an application effectively?

Exploratory Testing is great to teach others because it uses everybody’s unique point of view, experience, and biases when interacting with the application under test. As a tester, you can take the lead in switching your teams' mindset with regards to quality and test responsibility, even if you are a junior tester. You can do more than you think!

In this talk, I will share how I started this challenge with my team by organising Exploratory Testing Sessions. What was successful? What was hard? My goal for this session is to inspire you to try this out with your own team.

Your Speaker

Maaike Brinkhof

Maaike Brinkhof

Maaike is an independent agile tester. She loves testing because there are so many ways to add value to a team, be it by thinking critically about the product, working on the team dynamics, working to clarify the specs and testability of the product, getting the whole team to test with Exploratory Testing…the options are almost endless! She likes to help teams who are not sure where or what to test. After reading “Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman she developed a special interest in the role of psychology in software development. During ‘analogue time’ Maaike likes to practice yoga, go for a run, check out new local beers, play her clarinet and travel with her boyfriend.

Your Host

Mark Winteringham

Mark Winteringham

DojoBoss

Mark Winteringham is a tester, toolsmith and the Ministry of Testing DojoBoss with over 10 years experience providing testing expertise on award-winning projects across a wide range of technology sectors including BBC, Barclays, UK Government and Thomson Reuters. He is an advocate for modern risk-based testing practices and trains teams in Automation in Testing, Behaviour Driven Development and Exploratory testing techniques. He is also the co-founder of Ministry of Testing Essentials a community raising awareness of careers in testing and improving testing education. You can find him on Twitter @2bittester or at mwtestconsultancy.co.uk / automationintesting.com