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Pair programming? Pair testing? Working Together with the Developers

In my scrum team, as a tester, I'm responsible for the test work to be done. Most of that test work is done manually. We need to automate those test cases. But, when? And how? The developers and the tester can do a lot together. Sometimes we test together. Sometimes we program together. Sometimes I'm on my own, testing or creating/writing automation scripts. In my talk I will share my experiences what I'm doing with my developer colleagues. From the moment we start development on the feature (Epic or user story) up until we ship it. We explore, build and test the feature. Based on that we create scripts for automation on various levels. From unit test level up until end to end testing.

Pair testing is a way of testing where two people work together on a test assignment. As a pair, you can be more valuable than as a single person. You are each other’s backup, progress will not stop if one person can’t participate. Working as a pair will also increase the speed of your test work. One person is executing the tests while, at the same time, the other person is making notes. At any time, you can switch roles. To work successfully as a pair, some arrangements need to be agreed upon. In my talk, I will share my own experiences about what is needed to set up pair testing, how to produce value as a pair, and how to explain the benefits of pair testing to your stakeholders. I will demonstrate how testing as a pair can (and will) improve the quality of your work. With this talk I give the audience information how to convince their team lead that pair testing can and will improve the quality of the test work.

 

BIO

Simon is a very experienced all-round tester, who has worked since 1997 as tester, test coordinator or test manager. His knowledge, persistence and communication skills makes it possible to successfully completes each test assignment. Simon is a passionate and enthusiastic tester with broad knowledge in all areas of testing. This varies from the test approach ISTQB and TMAP, but also new approaches such as Session Based Test Management and Rapid Software Testing.
His strong analytical skills combined with his extensive experience makes it possible for Simon to give good and clear advice, proving to be of great value for any organization. Simon knows his way in different environments, such as Scrum, Agile and the traditional waterfall method.
Since 2005, Simon works as an independent consultant. He visits annually at least two conferences and two training sessions to keep his knowledge up to date and where necessary, broaden/deepen his knowledge. 
Simon is a speaker at conferences. He has given presentations about various topics related to testing in different parts of the world, i.e. USA, Poland, Rumania, South Africa, Canada, Belgium and the Netherlands 
Simon is also an active member of Test Net and Dutch Exploratory Workshop in Software Testing (DEWT). In these communities of enthusiastic testers, he is active with peers and discuss with them about the testing profession to keep up to date and improve our selves.
Since 2015, Simon is also involved with the Association of Software Testing where he is an instructor (on-line) and teaches student all over the world. 
Simon has also written articles for Stickyminds.com and writes regularly on his blog post (simonsaysnomore.wordpress.com) about testing.

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