Live long
and prosper…

No, it’s
not Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock but is might as well have been ;o)

It’s Janet
Gregory and Lisa Crispin delivering the first keynote @AgileTD, and of cause
they do it the way they always do; with a great show.

They’ve left
the Enterprise for a couple of days to be with us and talk about the future;
Welcome to the future! Preparing for our agile testing journey…

Janet and Lisa
stated that we do not know what the future will bring, but that we will get hit
by it faster than we imagine, and the speed in which we get hit is increasing.

So how can
we as testers mitigate that? By adapting to change! Or as Gunnery Sergeant
Highway states it; Improvise, adapt and overcome! We need to change the way we
work, we need to be willing to update our skills set, not be afraid to step on
to uncharted territory. Lisa and Janet came with a metaphor; Be a Rubik’s cube –
get it? Make sure that you have enough skills to match the current context!

They also
talked about communication. We are getting lazy, and that has an impact on our
ability to communicate, which again leads to misinterpretations and
misunderstandings. Too many people call colleagues or writes e-mails to them even
thou they are co-located in the same building! The message is; Avoid time
consuming and potential misleading communication by getting on your feet, go to
your co-worker and talk to them face to face!

Over the
years they have also through many projects picked up that even though the
projects have been agile, not the right things were done – why? Because the
user stories weren’t aligned! So by introducing Impact mapping and Story
mapping you can mitigate that, and make sure that only stories which contribute
to the final goal are done.

Next up was
Kristoffer Nordström who talked about “The struggle of my identity and how I
got developers to start testing”.

Kristoffer
gave a good talk about how he his entire work life has struggled to be
confident in what he was doing. He has always felt that when he entered a new
company, project, group, team, whatever, he found himself uncertain whether he
could do the job, could match the apparently cool and intelligent people he was
surrounded by. This feeling of having to fake something and the fear of being
revealed as a fake has been hunting him. But it turns out that approximately
75% of all people feel the same!

So it’s
something deep inside us that does this. Kristoffer’s advice was to be true to
yourself, remember who you are, in an agile team; pick up that test flag and carry
it proudly!

In the same
stream followed Allessandra Moreira. She has always been working in traditional
waterfall projects with the classic “over the wall” hand over process. So she
was a classic tester, with a classic testers mindset when she first joint an
agile team, and had to re-invent herself completely. She now faced the
challenge of having to take on new skills, become more of a testing coach then
a tester, and let go of the “quality gate keeper” equivalent to Gandalf; “You
shall not pass”, because suddenly it was okay to “pass” as long as we knew what
we were passing into production!

But she
overcame, change her mindset and some 18 months later they were running agile!

Takeaways:


Technical
skills are NOT the most important skills – soft skills are more important


A
testers job is NOT to ensure quality – a tester is a skilled investigator which
can highlight risks and provide information about quality

Last session
I want to highlight is the TenKod workshop on automated mobile app testing.

Emil Simeonov
gave a good intro to their eclipse based product EZ TestApp, and it’s definitely
something worth looking into. Its capture/replay on both simulated as well as
real devices! You can even capture on a simulation and replay on a real device –
cool!

So that’s something I really want to dig further into!!!