Where Does All That Testing Time Go?

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Talk Description
Testing is on the schedule. Your title is “Tester”. It is time to test. The team is waiting for you. Everybody thinks you spend your time testing. So, why does it seem that you spend so little time actually testing?

In this Masterclass, Michael will show you how he and James Bach developed a training and research tool to animate testing progress visually. Through the use of testopsies and session-based test management data, Michael and James have collected patterns of how context-driven testers use their time—from the micro to the macro level. Among their findings are that a good tester can spend a whole week in earnest work and only achieve one day of actual progress toward a testing goal. You'll learn how you can use these patterns to make sensible estimates and set better expectations with your clients.
What you’ll learn

By the end of this masterclass, you'll be able to:

  • Describe why testers often underestimate the time needed to test
  • Visualise testing progress to make sensible estimates and set better expectations with your clients
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Michael Bolton

Michael Bolton is a consulting software tester and testing teacher who helps people to solve testing problems that they didn't realize they could solve. He is the co-author (with senior author James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing, a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly and credibly in uncertain conditions and under extreme time pressure. Michael has 25 years of experience testing, developing, managing, and writing about software. For the last 18 years, he has led DevelopSense, a Toronto-based testing and development consultancy. Prior to that, he was with Quarterdeck Corporation for eight years, during which he managed the company’s flagship products and directed project and testing teams both in-house and around the world.
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