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The Lone Tester in an Agile World

As more teams become self-organizing, the tester that is part of a dedicated group becomes less common. Testers integrated with test teams are a more common occurrence, and in many cases, especially with smaller teams and projects, there may well be just one tester on a given team (or in a given company). Making the switch to be a lone tester can be jarring, but it need not lead to despair. Lone testers can offer unique insights and be a force for good for their respective teams.

Session Takeaways:

  • Working with stakeholders to help deliver real testing value.

  • Understanding how to use exploratory testing and automation to help find the “headline news” issues.

  • Developing a rapport with your team so that you are seen as an ally and an asset rather than as an enemy or a liability.

  • Practical lessons learned from years working with both traditional and Agile teams as a Lone Tester

 

Senses Working Overtime: Improving Software Quality Through Accessibility and Inclusive Design

Accessibility makes it possible for those with various disabilities to access information and services. Inclusive Design focuses on making choices so that software and services are usable by as many people as possible. They are distinct but complementary facets of software development and delivery, and they are difficult to add to software after the fact.

 

Making software Accessible using Inclusive Design principles at the start, or as early as possible, makes it easier to develop software that can be used by more people, and allows the development team to deliver better quality, better user experience, and happier users all the way around. In this talk, I will demonstrate principles and processes that you can use to help make Accessibility and Inclusive Design a natural part of your development and testing activities.

BIO

Michael Larsen has, for the better part of his 25+ year career, found himself in the role of being the “Army of One” or “The Lone Tester” more times than not. He's also made a living out of adapting to variations in jobs and work as has been needed, such as becoming a support engineer, rapid responder, forensic tester, build master or scrum master as needs have dictated. He has worked with a broad array of technologies and industries including virtual machine software, capacitance touch devices, video game development and distributed database and web applications. Michael currently works with Socialtext (part of PeopleFluent/LTG) and lives/works 100% remotely in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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