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York - agile

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leigh rathbone

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Automation - How much?
A strong test community driven by self development will help guide us through the future challenges
Testing pyramid
Who is Leigh Rathbone?
18 years test experience
9 different testing roles. Every testing role has been in a different industry
I work in the trade I love. Its given me so much, that I am now embarking on a mission to give back
No manual testers needed
Spock Vs Anakin Mindsets
These are my own thoughts drawn from my experience gathered over my years involved in testing
More future challenges
The challenge of Agile now, and in the future
Agile culture and mindset
Self development
Old Testament Vs. New Testament
"A test team is the single team responsible and accountable for all testing" - Old Testament
"The world of software development and testing is now too complex. Quality of code is the responsibility of everyone" - New Testament
"In order to just stand still, and cement your place in the current market, you need to keep moving forward at pace" .....Famous person
You can't have testing without controversy
Structured Vs Exploratory
The future will only get more controversial as we need to change
Manual Vs Automation
Having a test team Vs crowdsourcing
A skilled tester vs the public testing (Beta's)
Agile was created by developers without testers (hmmm, I'm not sure about this)
Waterfall Vs Agile Vs The next methodology
Humans Vs IBM Watson
Test manager role in Agile
A desk Vs a real testing environment
Agile is giving testing back to developers, who relinquished it in 1960's (I don't believe this)
What does the future mean for test recruitment
Eyes to the right
What will testers look like in the future
An acceptable answer Vs a right answer
Eyes to the left
Some challenges facing us right now
The days of rocking up to work, doing a 9 - 5 role, and expecting your testing career to progress are 100% over. Fact.
Code leaving developers PC, by using techniques like BDD, TDD, combination of tools, collaborative way of working, means it is leaving the Dev's PC in a far better state. The 'simple to find' defects are getting harder to find
The value add from testers and test teams has never been questioned more than it is right now. Companies are using terms like Unified Engineering teams, Tester-less teams
Conventional recruitment needs to change
Curiosity and communication are king traits
Ability to up-skill, self develop and share learnings will also be key traits
ISTQB (certification) can't keep up with speed of change, why make it mandatory? Does it in fact have any value?
A part of your test organisation should represent your customer - so build that in. Recruit from the business, and people that are your customers
@villabone on twitter
Where does testing need to be now, and in the future
Testers need to be the enabler for others to test & find defects quicker (google one click)
Ability to combine the right level of Unit tests, automation, structured, and exploratory testing to add value at the right places
Add value to the internal and external test and non-test communities
Influence architecture to build testability in to the solutions
Influence to Automate what hurts (man, coffee, wife)
Automate at UI level what is important (Laterooms)
Influence a company wide culture of test and learn (laterooms, BBC, autotrader)
Up-skill non testers with testing skills
Predict the future (Y2K38)
Never stop adding value, re-inventing ourselves (Madonna)
Strive to be seen as the SME of testing regardless of who does the testing
Continue to up-skill ourselves and remain relevant
Automate whats right, checks Vs testing
Testing is ALIVE, and needs to stay that way
The future will be tough, we need to be resilient, adaptable, agile in mindset, and be change agents
Shooting fish in a barrel
Big Data Testing
Testers tend to morph into being the glue that holds teams together
Its almost the unwritten rule, its never on any job description, never on any annual goals or objectives
Your Mindset - is it ready for what lays ahead
Its mostly free
Don't turn great testers into poor developers
Support Framework
Development and learning platform
Lets not be precious over testing
Testers will feel alone and isolated - don't let this happen
Support testers to realise others need to be enabled to test, and its OK to do so
Mindset that means testers will never be alone
be inquisitive
Try new things, think differently
Explore your emotions
Be creative
Understand and adapt to your role in the team
Learn to re-charge
Be curious
Be proud

Testers know that things can be different, & will look for potential problems and risks.
evolve and sieze opportunities
Every test in our life makes us bitter or better, every problem comes to break us or make us. The choice is ours whether we become VICTIM or VICTOR
Need to be ready for Generation Z
70% - 80% automated
Mindset to change, upskill, and evolve
Testers will need more security testing understanding / education. Its going to be THE aspect of testing that keeps CIO's awake at night.
Automate the OWASP top 10
The world of technology is growing at such a speed its really hard to keep up. Machine learnings are our next challenge, god help us when true AI comes
The traditional 'seat' for a tester will need to change, look at the gaming industry
The world is changing too quickly for a world that just has manual testers
Assess your Automation strategy, are you ready for the future, do you have the right skill-sets, are you automating at the right places.
Automate your pain points
Whats consuming your teams time
Take time out to look at your automation strategy
Self Development
Take a break. Pressing the 'STOP' button and re-assessing can focus the brain
Turn your automation team into a team of enablers, not necessarily 'doers'
What can testers do right now to ensure their mindset is ready for the future
Get involved in the communities
Understand the basics of security and performance
Look into self development and up-skilling at every opportunity. Up-skill, up-skill, up-skill
Think of automation as not only test automation, but to automate mundane tasks, pain points
Enable others - its a strength
Be proud of our trade, use the skills we've learnt, its OUR strength
Be like Madonna - keep re-inventing ourselves
Embrace Agile - its not going away
Watch the film 'Yes Man' with Jim Carey
Be a curious explorer
Look for curious explorers rather than people that meet a checklist criteria
Testing Mindset
A good answer rather than the right answer
Women in Tech Manchester
Every company is different
(Manual or Automation)
& Enable
Internet of Things
Testers Ivory Tower
Two best players in the world
They don't go home when training ends
They stay behind, and self develop
It's important to remember
To find the right time, right space that suits you for the way you learn
Consider family life, work life balance
Self development does not mean go home and work solid for 4 hours
Pick topics that interest you
Be brave and learn outside of your trade
Make it fun
Think big, start small, start now
Pair up with someone else if need be
It doesn't have to be all about digital (Books, people)
Agile Warrington
Lean Manchester
Manchester Tester Gathering
Liverpool Girl Geeks
Google developers Group
If you want the status Quo, promote from within
If you want change, bring from outside
Its the same with self development.

If you want to hear new ideas, you need to look outside
Test Data
Test Environment
Big Data Testing
Testers need to understand:
unstructured databases
data staging
MapReduce (business logic)
Architectural testing
data ingestion (Bring data in)
OMG - this is bigger than one picture
The combinations are countless
Udemy ethical hacking course
Test data
Test Environment
Proximity / GPS
Whats next - Drones
Hot Tubs are cutting edge in IOT
The future mindset needed for testing
BBC Visit 04/11/2016

Agile testers, you are not alone
The Testing Ivory Tower
Horizontal support
Bloody hard
Measure Happiness of the tester and team
Support framework for the testers (Give Colleagues a watering Hole)
Developer with Tester contribution
Developer and / or tester
Tester and / or developer
The Business
Internal crowd
External crowd
Test in Live
Other departments
In waterfall, you have safety in numbers
1999 I Joined a Cross functional team
In my dreams I was BA
In reality I was the mad one
(Me, the mad one again)
Over time, it became an awesome experience
Learnt to Read Code
Got fixes quickly
Helped on unit tests
Understood our customer more
Felt empowered
Was able to grow
2017 - Where to start?
Agile Mindset
WHY do you need a support framework - new responsibilities
Why do you need a support framework - their mindsets need to change
Testers Scrum of Scrums
Give testers a testing coach
An example, the Three Amigos
Test Architect
Test Manager
Test Environment manager
A Tricky Question
Tester: "So now, which is 'my team', the Agile team or the Test Team"

Me: "Your team is your agile team, your community will always be here for you, and your community is your testing community"
Test Architect
Test Manager
Test Environment manager
Unit tests
Testers Ivory Tower
In waterfall, my testing strengths can hide other testers weaknesses, and visa versa
A Typical 1990's silo structure
The perfect cross functional team
How I felt when thrown into the Cross-functional team
When it suited the company, they'd wheel us out as 'new ways of working"
When we formed, the 'Clint Eastwood' eyes were everywhere due to lack of trust
Answer the why? Why moving to agile
When moving people from Waterfall to Agile, its ALL about the people, and mindsets
A Waterfall discussion that now the tester and agile team own
Now a tester is expected to do more roles
No wonder they are afraid, and feeling alone
Testers now have extra roles to take on
Testers now have extra test tasks to take on
Output of the team has a strong correlation to happiness
There is a strong correlation to where the team are on this graph, and how happy they are
My Journey starts 1999
A Typical IT department in 1999
The company I joined was no different
Waterfall also breeds hiding places
Everyone thought the other people in the squad were experts in their trade
Its all about support.
Support before moving into Agile teams
Support while in Agile
Testers should support Testers
A Tester now has to take
Something they may not have been given before
Imagine how scarey that might be to some
Success of Agile is when everyone owns quality
Team members will need to learn from other team members

But Google got it wrong saying "everyone should be able to do everything
A Coach
A person that helps others grow
They unlock others potential
And ensure others fulfil their potential
You have Agile Coaches to do this for Agile
Why would you not have a Test Coach to do this for testing?
Why would you not have a Developers coach, for developers?
Agile teams can not survive alone
They need the horizontal support
Horizontal support
The horizontal support are teams that have skills that the agile team don't have, for example, automation, performance testing, security testing, test environmental support teams
The horizontal teams should try and bleed skills into the Agile teams where possible
The horizontal teams are the unseen costs to having successful Agile teams. The people within Agile teams wont have the time or skills to build frameworks that go across squads
It simply wasn't the case
Support, Support, Support
People Love Lean Coffees
most important
The end of this story from 1999 .... lets move to today
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