STARWEST 2020 Concurrent Session : Testing the Agile Manifesto


Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 2:15pm to 3:15pm

Testing the Agile Manifesto

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Agile principles and associated approaches to software development have been in use for more than a decade. However, teams are still unsure of how to integrate testing as not only specific tasks within a given process (Scrum, kanban, TDD, etc.), but as an extension of the philosophies and mindset that produced the Agile Manifesto in the first place. As a result, teams either ignore testing, test less than is necessary, or dramatically over-test by acting like we’re still on a waterfall project in 1987. Paul Herzog will take a trip back to the very beginning of agile by walking through the 12 principles behind the Agile Manifesto, providing recommendations for each of them to ensure testing has a balanced voice in agile organizations. Many people who have been on agile teams for years have little to no understanding of why the methodologies supporting agile exist as they do. By connecting specific actions to the general principles, you will come away with a fresh understanding of how to test and deliver quality on your projects.

West Monroe Partners

Paul Herzog is a Principal Consultant at West Monroe Partners in Chicago. He has over 20 years of experience in testing technology leadership, software quality assurance, systems engineering, and Agile planning as a Scrum Master. His engineering career has taken him through projects in a wide variety of industries, from telecom to dental scanners to slot machines. He is passionate about building out West Monroe’s internal teams and clients alike adopt intelligent methods for Agile testing, automation, and test tool implementation. Paul holds a B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering, and lives in Lake Zurich, Illinois, with his wife and three children.