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Tuesday, July 26 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Test Your Own Stuff! Dealing with Dependencies Between (and on) Agile Teams (Alex Kell) POPULAR

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Abstract:
Dependencies are present in every project; some code over here needs code over there, and we can't be sure the code over here works until the code over there is done! Well, sure, that makes a kind of sense. But often teams take this to an extreme; they allow themselves to become blocked, or even worse, hinder other teams from making progress due to their demands. We'll learn how the types of dependencies (defined here as Blockers, Yaks, and Mirrors) can be recognized, and overcome and especially how true blockers can be avoided with good understanding of the system architecture and a grasp of test automation techniques.
If you're a tester or programmer:
  • You'll learn how to recognize and diagnose the types of dependencies you'll face.
  • You'll be (re)introduced to Agile Testing models and automated checking techniques (with a twist!) that will help you overcome these dependencies.
  • You'll be confident that you can test your software without having to ALSO test the software that you depend on.
  • You'll (maybe) be able to convince the people who run the software that depends on YOUR software that they don't need to test YOUR software.
If you're a manager or architect:
  • You'll learn about the dependency traps you're setting by how you decide on and set up processes and tooling.
  • You'll be better equipped to recognize the dependencies you're creating between teams and organizations that create the components that make up your solutions.
If you're anybody involved with software development:
  • You'll approach common software dependencies that you've always assumed to be insurmountable in a new way.
You'll learn how to Test Your Own Stuff!
Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn why and how dependencies are the biggest obstacle to Agile success.
  • Learn ways to mitigate traditional testing bottlenecks between teams (whether Agile or not).
  • Learn (or re-learn) Agile testing models and key automation techniques to specifically combat dependency traps.
  • Learn from specific examples of dependencies being overcome in real-world software solutions used by millions.
  • You'll be confident that you can test your software without having to ALSO test the software that you depend on.
  • You'll (maybe) be able to convince the people who run the software that depends on YOUR software that they don't need to test YOUR software.
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Alex Kell

Quality Architect, Fiserv, Inc.
Alex Kell has worked in the Software Industry for more than 20 years holding associate and management positions in Support, Development, Sales, Product Management and Testing. He has been involved in the Atlanta Agile community for the past 10 years and has helped lead Agile transformations at two Fortune 500 Enterprise-level companies. | | Currently Alex holds the role of Principal Quality Architect where he helps teams create... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2016 2:00pm - 3:15pm
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