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Monday, April 29 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
All Hands On Deck: Rallying Teams Around Test Plans (Ash Coleman)

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Imagine you have a grand piano in your living room. Now imagine you are moving homes and you would like to take your beloved piano with you. What is the first thing you would do? Jump straight to the task? Start pushing it along, attempting to advance it as far as you can?
Well if you are smart, the idea of moving a piano by yourself, or perhaps with yourself and one other person alone, should leave you thinking twice about your logic. The weight of the piano is grand, no pun intended, but also the shape is rather awkward. This doesn't make the task for any one or two people very easy. In fact, you would likely begin to least think about what reinforcements you could call in to assist. Extra hands could definitely (1) lighten the burden, (2) distribute efforts across the all the awkward areas of the piano, and (3) move it more efficiently.
So the real question I now have is, why do we not address carrying the weight of quality in a similar manner?? It is definitely a huge job, way bigger than any one person can handle alone. It is incredibly awkward, considering how many areas of expertise you would have to master in order to be the most precise at your job. And, the time it takes to execute testing is usually infinite. So why would a tester take on all of the testing by themselves?!
They shouldn't! And with proper planning, don't have to.
A tester can address testing understanding that the quality of the product they are working on is not entirely up to them, the work is far reaching, and can be executed with more efficiency when more people are involved. The way they do is by curating a detailed test plans - an interactive, self organizing process where experience and collaboration govern the team's ability to deliver in the most effective way.
In this workshop we will work together to come up with the master plan! Together we will:
Define Roles and Responsibilities,
Decide on Test Approaches,
Outline Scope,
Create a Text Matrix, and
Configure a Reporting Guidelines
With our time, we will call all hands on deck to work through a test plan, distributing the weight of quality, working together to produce better, stronger plans for our products.
This is a workshop for all members of a team. A chance to work together to understand testing at a planning and execution level.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Executing a Test Plan
  • Delegating Responsibilities
  • Configuring and Outlining Scope
  • Importance of Test Matrices

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Ash Coleman

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Credit Karma
Ash focuses her efforts within technology on bringing awareness to inclusion of women and people of color, especially in the Context Driven Testing and Agile communities. Though technology and inclusion have her heart today, engineering was not her first love. A former chef, Ash crafted... Read More →

Monday April 29, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Hermitage Ballroom C