Closing Keynote: Implementing Context Driven Testing Keeps Kicking My Ass - But I Think I’m Finally Winning!

Presenter: Nancy Kelln

Life has a funny way of teaching us what we need to know. Lessons are like the theory of reincarnation, they will repeat over and over again until you learn what it is that the universe wants you to know. When I reflect on the last 15 years of my software testing career, the lesson is clearly around transforming testing teams, specifically with implementing Context Driven Testing (CDT), and I can honestly say, the implementation of CDT keeps kicking my ass!  Still, I have refused to give up. As a passionate, context driven tester I am convinced that CDT is the best approach for my testing teams. However, I have found many organizations don’t share this same view and are not ready to accept the differences between CDT and more traditional styles. As a tester who believes in the context driven and exploratory approach to testing it has been challenging to gain acceptance and buy-in.


My experience in implementing Context Driven Testing to testing teams, spans across multiple roles and at numerous organizational management levels across various companies. During these implementations I have experienced many successful and failed attempts. Thru stories from the trenches I will examine the lessons learned at various organizations and share with attendees what worked, what didn’t, and how I snuck CDT into unwilling organizations to save multi-million dollar projects from failing. I will also share when CDT kicked my ass and how I turned things around.

MC: Implementing Change in Your Organization

Presenter: Nancy Kelln

Attending a conference can be a double-edged sword. Your manager has sent you to learn new things and bring new ideas back to your organization, but sometimes the new ideas can mean organizational change and organizational change can be hard. Some organizations don’t want to change, typically because the people in those organizations don’t want to change. Quite simply, implementing changes can be a daunting task not all are ready to undertake.


In this session we will look at implementing changes in your organization.


This workshop will walk you through:

  • Discussing the changes you may want to implement and why.
  • Understanding who are the key stakeholders in your success (and failure).
  • Examining various ways (including some sneaky ways) to implementing your change.
  • Building a framework for change implementation you can start implementing when you return to your organization.

Nancy Kelln


A passionate Context Driven Test Manager with 16 years of diverse IT experience, Nancy enjoys working with teams that are implementing or enhancing their testing practices and provides adaptive testing approaches to exploratory, context driven, and traditional testing teams. She has coached test teams in various environments and facilitated numerous local and international workshops and presentations. From small scale to multi-million dollar projects; Nancy has played many roles within testing including Project Test Manager, Test Manager, Test Lead and Tester.  Her most recent work has been exclusively with Context Driven Testing implementations at large scale companies. A co-founder of POST, Nancy is an active member of the Calgary Software Quality Discussion Group, Association for Software Testing, and the Software Test Professionals organization. Nancy and her family live in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. Connect with Nancy on Twitter @nkelln.


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