Testers As Test Consultants: How To Learn The Skills? - Lisa Crispin & Janet Gregory

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Lisa Crispin

Quality consultant

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Janet Gregory

Process Consultant

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Talk Description

When defining what “modern testing” means to him, Alan Page has said that testers on cross-functional teams should also be testing coaches. Janet and Lisa like to think of testers playing a “test consultant” role. Wait, yet another set of skills we have to learn to be successful testers? Not to worry. The skills that make us valuable testers let us help others on our team learn to be better at testing. Testers are great at asking questions, providing quick feedback, identifying and solving problems.

Let’s explore ways we can grow and apply the skills we already use, and identify others we might need to learn, to help everyone on our software delivery team get better at preventing bugs and building quality in.

Learning intentions:

  • Why testers need to be test consultants, rather than do all the testing themselves
  • Skills a tester needs to help others on their cross-functional team learn how to do testing activities themselves
  • Ways we can learn and practice these skills
What you’ll learn

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

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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 www.lisacrispin.com and www.agiletester.ca for more.

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Janet Gregory

Process Consultant

Janet Gregory is an agile testing coach and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing Condensed, More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team, Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams, the Live Lessons Agile Testing Essentials video course, and two Holistic Testing course with the Agile Testing Fellowship. She's also co-authored with Selena Delesie, Assessing Agile Quality Practices with QPAM. 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.
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