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James Bach & Michael Bolton - The Not-So-Great Pyramid: Rethinking Test Strategy
There's a diagram out there called the "Testing Pyramid" (or sometimes the "Test Automation Pyramid"). It seems quite popular among teams building computer software. The Pyramid makes at least one good suggestion, but we can do better than that! In this chat we will discuss problems with the Pyramid, and why there is a more powerful analogy: planet Earth. The Round Earth model, like the Pyramid, suggests that tools used underneath the GUI level provide better leverage for testing than tools that try to simulate the user through the GUI. But it also reminds us that testing at the GUI level is quite important and should not be neglected. Users "live" on the "surface" of the products we build, and as products are built on top of lower level components, the "surface area" of the product tends to expand. This suggests that we should control risk by maximizing testability, giving testers access to deep layers of the product, using tools to help test the deep product, and yet maintaining focus on the surface, so that we remain in full contact with the implications of failure to user experience. Agenda: 6:00 - 6:55 – Networking, meet and greet 6:55 - 7:00 – Intro and kickoff 7:00 - 7:50 – Fireside chat With James and Michael. 7:50 - 8:30 – Q & A open forum and discussions + wrap up. 8:30 - 9:00 – Networking and wind down. Join James Bach and Michael Bolton for this discussion of test strategy and the models and metaphors that are used to reason about it. About the experts. James is a founder of the Context-Driven school of testing. He created and teaches the Rapid Software Testing methodology, and has written two books: Lessons Learned in Software Testing (with Cem Kaner and Bret Pettichord) and a book about succeeding without going to school called Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar. Michael Bolton is a consulting software tester and testing teacher who helps people to solve testing problems that they didn’t realize they could solve. Michael has 25 years of experience testing, developing, managing, and writing about software. For the last 18 years, he has led DevelopSense, a Toronto-based testing and development consultancy. Prior to that, he was with Quarterdeck Corporation for eight years, during which he managed the company’s flagship products and directed project and testing teams both in-house and around the world. In 2006, he became co-author (with James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing. Since then, he has flown over a million miles to teach RST in 35 countries on six continents. James and Michael will be in Seattle from the 26th through the 28th teaching a 3 day Rapid software testing class -

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