Posted by: Eric Lefevre-Ardant | July 15, 2009

Meet Tara, Tester

“How do I find time in an Agile process to test effectively?”

Although Tara’s been a tester for a long time, she’s been working in an agile team for only a few months. Testing is a real challenge in an agile environment. Tara’s finding she needs to be part programmer to use the automated testing framework her company has adopted for acceptance tests. Some days, Tara wishes her company would go back to waterfall development.

She hopes that many of her questions will be answered by the Testing stage at Agile 2009. A session by Erik Petersen, Agile testers toolkit, might get her started. That said, she is intrigued by Speed Up Your Testing With Acceptance Criteria Conversations, a session proposed by Kay Johansen and Zhon Johansen. And Herding Cats: Managing Large Test Suites (David Kessler and Tim Andersen) could have answers that could help in her daily work. She has also heard that many thought leaders and book authors on testing will be present at the conference, such as Brian Marick, Elisabeth Hendrickson, Lisa Crispin and others. She is wondering whether it is best to attend their respective sessions or simply bump into them at OpenJam, the OpenSpace section of the conference.

Does this story sound familiar to you? Tara is a persona, a fictional character used to focus parts of the conference. Come and meet like-minded participants at Agile 2009 Conference. And check out the top sessions at the conference for Tara.

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