Techniques for Agile Manual Testers

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Manual testers working in an agile environment are often encouraged to follow the same working practices as those working in a waterfall environment. This approach frequently leads to a manual testing effort that takes too long to prepare, execute and maintain. The result is often anything but agile.

At the other end of the spectrum, manual testers working in an agile environment are encouraged to simply browse the software looking for bugs that the team’s automated tests did not detect. Whilst this approach is more in keeping with the brisk nature of agile projects, it often fails to find important bugs.

This 1-day, hands-on course introduces a range of alternative techniques for manual testers working in an agile environment that allow them to keep pace, whilst maintaining independence, diligence and predictability. Each technique has been hand-picked from the world of agile, context-driven or traditional testing, with one goal in mind; to create a manual testing effort that is as agile as the team it supports.

Learning objectives

During this course, attendees will learn:

  • What makes a team agile and the different interpretations of the Agile Manifesto
  • How to document tests in a way that takes minutes rather than days
  • How to use traditional test case design techniques in an agile manner
  • How to test a release when requirements and specifications are scarce
  • How to identify and reduce waste in the manual testing process
  • How to test a release when there is little or no automated test coverage
  • What other members of the team can do to help manual testers

Target audience

This course is suitable for manual testers with no test automation experience or those with automation experience looking to sharpen their manual testing skills. Some previous exposure to software testing is beneficial, but no prior knowledge of agile software development is required. Non-testing roles welcome.

About the trainer

Matt Archer has dedicated his career to software testing, working as a consultant, trainer, writer, conference speaker and practitioner. He first worked as an agile tester in 2003 when he joined an Extreme Programming (XP) team that built software for the energy and petrochemical industry. Since then Matt has held testing positions at over 25 companies that span the retail, government, telecommunication, finance and media sectors. A passionate advocate for agile software development, Matt has helped manual testers adopt agile practices in teams as small as two, scaling to departments of hundreds.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds can be given should you need to cancel your course. Written notice (email is sufficient) is required a minimum of 45 days before the course start date. A refund will be issued minus a 20% (plus VAT) administration charge.

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