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Exploring Requirements with a Tester’s Mindset


Learn the tools and techniques for digging deeper in to requirements

99 Minutes

Max 100 attendees


agile, analysis, requirements

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

  • Use example mapping to explore business rules
  • Structure conversations for understanding what is important
  • Understanding the different dimensions to consider for quality requirements
  • Use simple tools such as context diagrames to help gain a shared understanding


Shared understanding of desired and undesired behaviors for each new product feature and user story is key to delivering value to the business frequently and predictably. However, many teams lack this understanding even as they start coding. As testers, we can explore feature specifications early, contributing towards successful and timely delivery. With our testing mindset, we can elicit examples from stakeholders, and help turn those into test scenarios that guide development.

In this experiential workshop, learn how requirements exploration promotes early test specification and increases requirements and product quality. Practice techniques from agile business analysis and agile testing models that help teams understand acceptance criteria for each feature and deliver the right value to the business. Janet explains how incorporating the tester mindset and using test techniques during requirements exploration accelerates test planning, enhances product quality, and uncovers missing, conflicting, erroneous and unnecessary requirements.

Meet the Instructor

Janet Gregory

Janet Gregory

Agile Testing Coach

Janet Gregory is an agile testing coach and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009), and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley 2014), the Live Lessons Agile Testing Essentials video course, and “Agile Testing for the Whole Team” 3-day training course.

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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