STAREAST 2017 Concurrent Session - Pairing: The Secret Sauce of Agile Testing | TechWell


Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Pairing: The Secret Sauce of Agile Testing

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Finding time to learn test techniques, mentor other testers, grow application knowledge, and cross-train your team members is a daunting task with a complicated recipe. What if you could do these things while testing and finding bugs? Enter Pair Testing. What’s that? Well, maybe you’ve heard of pair programming. It’s like that—only you’re testing rather than programming. And it’s the secret sauce of agile testing because it makes your routine, bland testing so much more fun! Testers on Jess Lancaster’s team use pair testing not only to make better software but also to foster better relationships along the way. Jess explores why pairing works, how to run an effective pairing session, and just how easy it is to get started with pairing. Armed with Jess’ easy-to-use Pair Testing recipe card, plan your first pairing encounter so you are ready to roll when you get back to the office. This sounds easy enough, but you know there will be mistakes when you try it. Jess has you covered there, too. Learn his team’s pairing mistakes and the things he did to improve their pairing sessions.


Jess Lancaster is the QA practice manager at TechSmith, the makers of Snagit, Camtasia, and other visual communication software applications. He coaches and equips testers with the skills to be quality champions on agile teams. With more than twenty years of information systems and software development experience, Jess has been a consultant, test lead, and test manager with government, financial, insurance, and commercial software organizations. Jess is passionate about getting into the trenches with other testers, exploring software, and trying new testing techniques. Cofounder of the Lansing Area Software Testers meetup, he also helps grow the next generation of software testers by teaching software testing courses at Lansing Community College.