Thinking Outside the Box with Lisa Crispin

12th January 2023
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Lisa Crispin

Quality consultant

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Finding bugs requires detective work. You look for evidence, you interrogate witnesses - and some of those might not be telling the truth! You need lateral thinking to find your perpetrator.
As testers, we often hear that the capability to think outside the box is an essential skill to have. In fact, this skill is great to have even if you’re not a tester.
Thinking outside the box permits you to generate new and innovative ideas, to find bugs that nobody could think about, it can also help you find completely new ways to solve problems.
We all have unconscious biases that can limit our observational skills and creativity.
In this session, we’ll discuss lateral vs. vertical thinking, and explain how our brain’s “wiring” can make thinking outside the box be difficult.
Lisa will talk about several common cognitive biases that can work against us and get in the way of effective testing. She may challenge you to try some games that promote lateral thinking, as best we an in a virtual conference! You’ll get some guidance on how to keep building up your lateral thinking “muscles”.
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Lisa Crispin

Quality consultant

Lisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (2014), Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (2009), the LiveLessons Agile Testing Essentials video course, and “The Whole Team Approach to Agile Testing” 3-day training course. She co-authored Extreme Testing (2002) with Tip House. She is a contributor to Experiences of Test Automation by Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster (Addison-Wesley, 2011), Beautiful Testing (O’Reilly, 2009) and other books. Lisa was voted by her peers as the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person at Agile Testing Days in 2012. She enjoys helping people find ways to build more quality into their software products, as well as hands-on testing. Please visit and for more.

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