In the previous post, we gave a report on What Testers Need from ML/AI by Paul Gerrard. Discussions Testers Should No Longer Be Having by Mike Lyles was the second session of Online Test Conf Autumn 2020 first day sessions. Tips and guidelines for how to best influence the team and organization.
Evaluate successes in testing and project teams in the past that have become outdated. An understanding of the changes we face today within our SDLC processes. How to identify and address project teams that are stuck in the past. Tips and guidelines for how to best influence the team and organization.
Teams Do Not Agree
Mike starts his session because we all know, teams do not agree on how the software development process should be done. Most often, disagreement is between developers and testers, which brings nothing good to the project. An important reason for this disagreement is the fact that software testing has a lot of questions.
How To Change This Disagreement
Tester’s need to be careful because they bring a critical voice to the team, and one of their benefits is to bring the whole team aligned. The big risk with disagreement is that the tester or developer takes it personally. My comment is that the old trick is to point to an artifact, not the person (you made an error here => on this line of code, you missed this bug => our test plan does not cover domain testing).
The Hot Questions
Mike continues with the team Hot Questions:
- How did we miss that bug?
- Roles And Titles
- Definitions And Acronyms
- Manual Vs. Automated
- Staging Vs. Production
- Testing Estimations
- Testing Cost
- Test Planning
- Test Execution
Software testers should be prepared for constructive discussions. You must not just say you are wrong, but to have ready facts and numbers, why is “manual” testing equally important (and in some cases even more important) than automation testing.
Mike finishes with:
Confidence and patient are the most valuable software tester’s characteristics.
Testivator Session Score
For this session, I was using the Testivator Mobile application. I took 18 notes and one screenshot.
Here are note types by duration. Till end is 20.8 %, and it is the ratio of duration from last note to session end and session duration.