Janet Gregory
Agile (Testing) Coach, DragonFire Inc., Canada

An agile testing coach and process consultant with DragonFire Inc., Janet Gregory 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 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know. 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 and tutorials worldwide. She contributes articles to publications such as Better Software, Software Test & Performance Magazine and Agile Journal, and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences and user group meetings around the world. For more about Janet’s work and her blog, visit www.janetgregory.ca. You can also follow her on twitter @janetgregoryca.

Presentation 24.3 at 16:45

How is testing different for successful agile projects? How can agile development teams employ testers’ skills and experience for maximum value to the project? Janet Gregory describes key factors she has identified for agile teams to succeed, including the whole-team approach of agile development that enables testers to do their job effectively. From guiding development with examples to testing that we built the right thing. Explore the agile testing mindset that contributes to a team’s success, and learn the role that test automation plays in the fast-paced development within agile projects. By adhering to core agile practices while keeping the bigger picture in mind, testers add significant value to and help ensure the success of agile projects.

Presentation 25.3 at 11:20

When agile development first gained popularity, agile meant collocated teams, including testers, programmers, analysts, and customers who were expected to perform many functions. As agile methods have spread and expanded, large organizations and those with globally-distributed teams are facing challenges with their agile deployment. Having worked with many such teams, Janet Gregory has observed ways that testing in agile teams can still help deliver a high-quality software product. Whether your agile team is part of an enterprise solution, or part of a distributed team is scattered across time zones with individuals working remotely from home, or is part of an offshore outsourced project, you’ll take away methods and tools to help develop open communication, deal with cultural differences both within an organization and across continents.

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