Do testers need to code – to be useful? - Talk

A session at Agile Roots 2015

Thursday 18th June, 2015

11:20am to 12:00pm (MST)

In agile development, the whole cross-functional team shares responsibility for building quality in to their software, and for making sure all necessary testing gets done. Since the dawn of “agile”, back in the XP days, we’ve heard lots of talk that testers on agile teams should have programming skills. Some agile teams cling to the “Software Developer in Test” model, trying to hire programmers who are willing to work exclusively on automating tests. Others say “everyone should be able to do everything, including coding”. Do testers really need to be coders to succeed on agile teams? Janet and Lisa will address this issue. They’ll share their ideas on specialized skills testers need to add value to their agile teams – and these aren’t coding skills!

About the speakers

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Lisa Crispin

Agile Tester and Donkey Fan bio from Twitter

Lisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley 2014), Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009), co-author with Tip House of Extreme Testing (Addison-Wesley, 2002), and a contributor to Experiences of Test Automation by Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster (Addison-Wesley, 2011) and Beautiful Testing (O’Reilly, 2009). Lisa was voted by her peers as the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person in 2012. Lisa enjoys working as a tester with an awesome agile team. She shares her experiences via writing, presenting, teaching and participating in agile testing communities around the world. For more about Lisa’s work, visit www.lisacrispin.com, www.agiletester.ca, and follow @lisacrispin on Twitter.

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Janet Gregory

Agile Coach and Process consultant at DragonFire Inc. bio from LinkedIn

An agile testing coach and practitioner, Janet Gregory is the co-author of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams, a co-author of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team and a contributor to 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know.Janet specializes in showing agile teams how testers can add value in areas beyond critiquing the product; for example, guiding development with business-facing tests.

For the past ten years, Janet has been working with teams to transition to agile development, and teaches agile testing courses and tutorials worldwide.

Janet contributes articles to publications such as Better Software, Software Test & Performance Magazine and Agile Journal, and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences and user group meetings around the world.

Janet was named one of the 13 Women of Influence in testing by Software Test & Performance magazine. For more about Janet’s work, visit janetgregory.ca or visit her blog janetgregory.blogspot.com.

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15 attendees

  • Rob Myers
  • Allison Weiss
  • David Harrison Smith
  • H Hatfield
  • Jake Mallory
  • Janet Gregory
  • Javier Artime Muñiz
  • Joseph Milner
  • Julie Myers Urban
  • Eric Dupuis
  • LisaAn
  • lisacrispin
  • Mike Clement
  • Steve Ostermiller
  • Susan Bradford

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Time 11:20am12:00pm MST

Date Thu 18th June 2015


Main Hall, Noah's South Jordan UT

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