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Monday, August 3 • 15:45 - 17:00
Do the tester role survive in a test infected team? (Juan Gabardini)

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In a test-infected team everybody takes part on testing and quality. So, the question is: which testing perspectives and skills the team should develop? Should some members remains as 'testers'? Are those perspectives and skills the same as in the traditional tester role?
Testers were often second-class citizens in traditional teams. When evolving to agility, some feel they should become programmers or become obsolete because, as everybody test, then the tester role is not needed anymore. In other teams, someone in the team keep the ‘tester’ tag, but it is unclear what they should do.
In this session I will present some ideas on the tester role on both traditional and test infected teams and open a discussion to answer the above questions, not as a black or white choice but as context-aware response.
We will also discuss how to bring the test mindset and skills to the whole team.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Skills and mindset in a traditional tester role
  • Skills and mindset in the tester role in a test infected team
  • Heuristics, books, and exercises to develop testing skills and mindset in the whole team.


Juan Gabardini

Agile practitioner, Kleer

Monday August 3, 2015 15:45 - 17:00 EDT
Potomac 5/6