Techniques for Agile Manual Testers Course with Matt Archer

Event Info

Tue 30 Oct, 2012 from 9:00am - 5:00pm
London, UK
London, UK (Map)


Location: London
When: Tuesday 30th of October 2012

A course dedicated to manual testers working in an agile environment

Description Manual testers working in an agile environment are often encouraged to follow the same working practices as those working in a waterfall environment. This approach frequently leads to a manual testing effort that takes too long to prepare, execute and maintain. The result is often anything but agile.

At the other end of the spectrum, manual testers working in an agile environment are encouraged to simply browse the software looking for bugs that the team’s automated tests did not detect. Whilst this approach is more in keeping with the brisk nature of agile projects, it often fails to find important bugs.

This 1-day, hands-on course introduces a range of alternative techniques for manual testers working in an agile environment that allow them to keep pace, whilst maintaining independence, diligence and predictability. Each technique has been hand-picked from the world of agile, context-driven or traditional testing, with one goal in mind; to create a manual testing effort that is as agile as the team it supports.

Learning objectives During this course, attendees will learn:

  • What makes a team agile and the different interpretations of the Agile Manifesto
  • How to document tests in a way that takes minutes rather than days
  • How to use traditional test case design techniques in an agile manner
  • How to test a release when requirements and specifications are scarce
  • How to identify and reduce waste in the manual testing process
  • How to test a release when there is little or no automated test coverage
  • What other members of the team can do to help manual testers

Target audience This course is suitable for manual testers with no test automation experience or those with automation experience looking to sharpen their manual testing skills. Some previous exposure to software testing is beneficial, but no prior knowledge of agile software development is required. Non-testing roles welcome.

About the trainer Matt Archer has dedicated his career to software testing, working as a consultant, trainer, writer, conference speaker and practitioner. He first worked as an agile tester in 2003 when he joined an Extreme Programming (XP) team that built software for the energy and petrochemical industry. Since then Matt has held testing positions at over 25 companies that span the retail, government, telecommunication, finance and media sectors. A passionate advocate for agile software development, Matt has helped manual testers adopt agile practices in teams as small as two, scaling to departments of hundreds.

Register Note: Early Bird ends once we’ve sold half the tickets or on September 1st 2012.

If you prefer not to pay online, please contact rosieatsoftwaretestingclub [dot] com.

Location: London, venue TBC.

Course hours: 9am – 5pm on Tuesday 30th of October 2012. Price includes breaks and lunch.

We are able to issue invoices and receive payments by cheque or bank transfer should this accomodate your organisation better.

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Email: rosieatsoftwaretestingclub [dot] com

Cancellation Policy

Refunds can be given should you need to cancel your course. Written notice (email is sufficient) is required a minimum of 30 days before the course start date. A refund will be issued minus a 15% (plus VAT) administration charge.



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