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Jon Bach is leading reinvention at eBay as an Agile Transformation Coach.  That means he looks for patterns and practices meant to improve developer productivity while also helping teams understand overall product health.  He’s the younger brother of famed software consultant James Bach, who showed him what testing was all about in 1995.   Since then, he’s made a career in software testing, focusing on the thinking, craftsmanship, and fun of finding problems.  His blog archive is called “Tested” and can be found at https://jonbox.wordpress.com/.

Conference Talk:  Rethinking Your Testing Role

Presenter: Jon Bach

The Conference starts on May 1st

If you’ve seen testing become more shallow in your company, don’t be dismayed.  It could be that it’s simply taken on a different form or needs your help to get it back on track in a novel way.  Jon will talk about his reinvention from Test Manager to Agile Coach in his 6 years at eBay – a journey that included mindset reframes such as “Live Site Quality Director”, “Quality PM”, “Quality Evangelist”, and “Engineering Excellence Lead”.  Roles like these were Jon’s way of preserving his passion for testing and may show you some patterns of values and ethics lurking in your own career.

 

Takeaways:

  • What are the meanings and purposes of roles on projects?
  • What are the potential roles of skilled testers in projects, no matter the job title?
  • How can you create and maintain a testing culture?

Conference workshop:  Rethinking Your Testing Role

Presenter: Jon Bach

Whether it’s called “Agile Development”, “DevOps”, or “Shift Left”, you’re likely going experiencing changes in how your company produces its software and services.  The problem is, those methods don’t tend to value testing skill.  “Testing” has been replaced by the word “quality engineering” to emphasize automated tools that do testing.  “Test Manager” is the old title for what may now be known as “Agile Manager” or “Quality Leader” where notions of “testing”are performed as a series of simple automated checks. Maybe you’ve been pressured to change as well.

In this workshop, you’ll examine the dimensions of your current role and talk with others who want to examine theirs.  As your organization leaders make decisions on what it thinks is the best way forward, know that reinvention does not mean obsolescence. You’ll see it can mean transformation -- achieving adeeper understanding and ownership over your practices and motivations in context, and then taking a new path knowing why you do what you do and being able to explain (and define) your real value.

 

Workshop exercises:

  • Describe your role to someone else
  • Diagram a role using 4 polygons in a “rolegram”
  • Identify testing dimensions in different roles
  • What would you START / STOP / KEEP in your role?

Tuesday masterclass: Agile Testing for Agile Projects: a case for Session-Based Test Management

Presenter: Jon Bach

Agile Development seems to pride itself on the notion that every line of code can be checked or a user scenario scripted with a tool like Cucumber. But those “tests” are often simple confirmatory checks. That’s ok, checking is important, but it’s only one side of testing. Exploration is the other side, but it’s a scary word for project managers because it connotes “uncertain”, “open-ended”, and “unmeasurable”… (in other words, time-consuming).  In this tutorial, Jon will show you a way to frame exploration into measurable, manageable packages called “sessions” that are ideal for sprints and iterative development. Session-Based Test Management starts with the notion of charters -- mission statements for testing – to which you can dedicate small sections of your day to the true art of testing – experimenting to expose risks and getting fast feedback.

 

Takeaways:

  • Where to get missions that guide your testing
  • 3 small metrics that tell a big testing story
  • Invigorating your testing culture with real, rapid testing

 

 

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