location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 27th 01:30 - 03:00 PM place Esquire Hall

In agile teams, it’s inevitable that team members are expected to be more cross-functional and produce high quality products for their customers. How can agile team members become more cross-functional and take ownership of quality? Often times there seems to be a scarcity of testing talents in agile teams. How can agile teams create high quality products when working with very few or no testing talents?

For agile team members to take ownership of quality, Pradeepa Narayanaswamy exposes the power of “Pair Testing”, a technique that promotes rapid feedback to produce high quality products. For the scarce testing talents, an effective way to become more cross-functional, one approach is for team members to pair up on various (unit, integration, exploratory and several others) testing efforts that emphasize the shared eye on quality and learning. Pradeepa talks about several options for pairing opportunities between various specialties on an agile team. She also talks about some new opportunities to pair with DevOps, Operations, Sales, Marketing and Support members to name a few.

As a new or an experienced agile team member, learn how to spearhead this technique in your team at various levels to generate buzz on other teams. As a tester, learn how to get the non-testing talents excited and experience the value of pair testing. 

This session includes a fun Pairing activity and a Group discussion. 


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

This is a general outline of the presentation flow. 

  • Introduction to Pair Testing 10 mins
  • A time-boxed activity to experience the pairing- I will be using a slightly modified version of this game. http://tastycupcakes.org/2011/10/pairing-for-non-programmers/ - 20 mins
  • Pair testing options and opportunities with team and non-team members- 15 mins
  • What about? – I have a dozen pre-identified questions that can trigger conversation and discussion among the participants. I expect this to be a very interactive section. I will have participants share their personal experience if any. – 25 mins
  • Benefits and Challenges in Pair testing -10 mins
  • Q and A - 10 mins

Learning Outcome

Attendees for this presentation will be able to learn about

  • Concept of Pair Testing 
  • Science behind Pairing
  • Various Pair testing options and opportunities 
  • Hand-on time-boxed activity to experience the pairing
  • Benefits and Challenges 

Target Audience

Agile Team members, Testers, Programming Specialists, Product Owner, BA, Agile Enthusiasts, Scrum Masters, PM, Test Manager, Test Lead, QA



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