Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Requirements Engineering for Testers

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Testers often participate in requirement reviews, review requirements for testability, and then use requirements—in the form of user stories—as the basis of test cases. In an agile environment, most testers contribute to the development of user stories and acceptance criteria. Erik van Veenendaal says that unfortunately many testers have little knowledge or skill in requirements engineering. What level of quality and detail is realistic to expect for requirements and user stories? What does testability really mean? How can testers help improve requirements? Erik illustrates requirements issues and solutions with practical case studies and conducts hands-on classroom exercises in specifying and evaluating requirements. Walk through the requirements process from a tester’s viewpoint to learn what you can and should contribute to requirements quality. At the end, you and Erik collaboratively condense your learning into a set of “Golden Rules” that testers can follow to successfully participate in requirements engineering activities.

Erik van Veenendaal
Improve IT Services BV (Bonaire)

A leading international consultant and trainer, Erik van Veenendaal ( is a recognized expert in software testing and requirements engineering. Erik is the author of a number of books and papers, one of the core developers of the TMap testing methodology, a participant in working parties of the International Requirements Engineering Board, and currently a board member of the TMMi Foundation. He is a frequent keynote and tutorial speaker at international testing and quality conferences. For his contributions to the field of testing, Erik received the 2007 European Testing Excellence Award and the 2015 ISTQB International Testing Excellence Award. Follow Erik on Twitter @ErikvVeenendaal.