A Tester’s Role in Requirements Exploration

Janet Gregory

Having a shared understanding of desired and undesired behaviors for each new product feature is key to delivering value to the business frequently and predictably. However, many teams lack this understanding even as they start coding. As testers, we can explore feature specifications early, contributing to a successful and timely delivery. With a testing mindset, testers can elicit examples from stakeholders and help turn them into test scenarios that guide development. Janet Gregory will explain how incorporating that tester mindset and using test techniques during requirements exploration can accelerate test planning, enhance product quality, and uncover missing, conflicting, erroneous, and unnecessary requirements. The tester’s role changes and expands; it is not only about finding defects or breaking illusions about the product, it is also about helping to prevent the defects in the first place, or finding them early enough in the process to reduce risk caused by misunderstandings. Join Janet to learn how to use your testing skills throughout the development process.

About the Presenter

Janet Gregory is an agile testing coach and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009), and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley 2014. She is also a contributor to other software development books. Janet specializes in showing agile teams how testers can add value in areas beyond critiquing the product - for example, guiding development with business-facing tests. Janet works with teams to transition to agile development, and teaches agile testing courses worldwide. She contributes articles to publications and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences and user group meetings around the world. Her peers voted as the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person in 2015. For more about Janet’s work and her blog, visit www.janetgregory.ca or www.agiletester.ca. You can also follow her on twitter @janetgregoryca.

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