Better Software East 2017 Concurrent Session : Agile Testing Is All about Risk—Not Bugs and Quality


Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Agile Testing Is All about Risk—Not Bugs and Quality

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Many organizations make huge investments in software testing, and unfortunately they often don’t understand or extract full value from these activities. This can lead to testing being viewed as a mere formality or necessary evil within an organization. Fortunately, we can deliver more value with relatively minor adjustments to our approaches. The transition to agile practices provides a natural opportunity for test specialists and others to put these adjustments into practice. Plan-driven approaches can also be adjusted to increase the value delivered from testing activities. Heather Fullen shares recommendations from her experience in project management, business analysis, and software testing that teams can use to take a more risk-oriented approach to conduct testing and utilize test results in decision making. Leave with techniques you can use to assemble a risk profile and better understand risk tolerance for the client and the project, as well as strategies to declutter and prioritize your test suites in order to tailor test planning and execution in ways that help the team focus on delivering value and managing risk.

Heather Fullen
Infinite Energy

For more than a decade, Heather Fullen has worked in the areas of business analysis, project management, and testing, with teams delivering custom software solutions in the energy industry. She has also worked with several teams transitioning from plan-driven approaches to agile practices, helping teams and their members work through finding their place amidst shifting paradigms. Heather holds several certifications in project management, business analysis, and agile practices. She enjoys working to merge software implementation concepts with business concepts to help teams gain deeper understanding of client needs, and keep business value at the forefront of their efforts.