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AGILE TESTING

Date: 13 November 2008


13 November 2008, LONDON

• Are you moving to a more agile


methodology? If so how do you keep
control of testing?
• Do you feel the Agile is the way
forward but are unsure on how testing
will be affected?
• Would you like to pick up some
techniques from Agile that can be used
with any methodology but will help in
flexibility?

Presenter: Ken Brennock, Insight Test Services

BACKGROUND:

While agile has provided the solutions for many software development problems, it is not a
silver bullet and has still to overcome issues that more traditional project development lifecycles
handle. Testing is an important part of how agile succeeds, but as agile is a big departure from
normal development, how does it affect testing and the test process?

WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES:

At the end of this course you will be able to:


⇒ Describe the main agile methodologies and how variations or hybrid approaches (utilising
elements of agile with more traditional approaches) are sometimes implemented in practice
Organised by:

⇒ Describe the testing implications of moving to an agile methodology including the role of
independent testing and testing without detailed requirements
⇒ Perform effective testing in an agile environment based on users, testers and developers
collaborating in an iterative approach
⇒ Avoid the pitfalls of inadequate testing approaches experienced by some agile projects
⇒ Utilise aspects of agile testing practices in more traditional projects

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

Project Managers/leaders, Test Managers, QA Managers, Test Consultants, Testers, Developers


and Users

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING:

By attending this workshop you will:


Sponsored by:

• Gain an insight in the different agile methodologies and how they differ from traditional
methodologies
• Detailed understanding of issues to overcome to ensure effective testing on agile projects -
test strategy and planning, test design, test execution and monitoring/reporting
• Clarify how independent testers can best contribute to agile projects

PRICE:
‘Early Bird’ Price: £440 +VAT until
£550 + VAT
17 October, thereafter £550 + VAT
www.unicom.co.uk/agiletesting
13 November 2008, London
TO P I C S
COVERED:
Review of Agile Values, Principles and Practices
⇒ A review of the agile values, principles and practices, this is the heart of agile and what it is trying to
do. So, it is important that these are clear and well understood.
⇒ Separate the myth from reality
⇒ This will allow us to have a common baseline from which to work from for the rest of the session.

Review of Agile Methodologies


⇒ A brief review of some of the more formal methodologies that use agile as their framework such as
XP, Scrum, Crystal, DSDM and RUP

Review of a General Test Process

The aim of this short module is to ensure that the class are working from a common understanding and
terminology
⇒ A review of the test process for a traditional development life cycle
⇒ Typical test levels/phases and the objectives, attributes and types of testing that takes
place at each of those test levels
⇒ Types of test strategies/approaches used

Implementation of a Test Process for Agile

This module will look at the implications for testing if an organisation moves to an agile development
approach.
⇒ Agile test strategies
⇒ Different Test Levels/phases applicable to agile and how they need to be adapted
⇒ Where the different types of testing fit into an agile development lifecycle
⇒ A flexible approach to Planning that supports feature driven iterative development
⇒ Monitoring and reporting of iterations/releases
⇒ Test Driven Development (TDD), Automated Unit Testing
⇒ Acceptance testing, testing and the customer/user
⇒ Testing techniques including static techniques, structural techniques and exploratory testing
applicable to agile (based on minimal documentation and common requirements related documents
such as User Stories)
⇒ Defect management in agile
⇒ The role of the traditional independent system tester in agile
⇒ Cultural, organizational, technical, and logistical issues when transitioning to agile

Testing Tools used in Agile Testing

This module will discuss the most common tools and frameworks used at the different test levels
including open source tools available and issues in their implementation.

Agile approach to Traditional Testing

This module will discuss the how the approach to testing in an agile development lifecycle can be
implemented in a more traditional development lifecycle.

Pitfalls and Lessons Learnt


This is module will discuss some of the risks and common pitfalls experienced in practice with testing in
an agile environment (such as non-functional testing issues) and how these can be avoided.

(N.B. exercises will be used throughout to enhance learning)


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Visible Metrics for Lean Management, 13 November 2008


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