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Title: Checking & Exploring: Testing in Agile Projects

Software testing has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. Firstly, many of us have abandoned the QA title and distanced ourselves from the idea that we are the sole gatekeepers of quality. Secondly, as we all migrate from waterfall to Agile, the focus of our work has also changed, from rudimentary checking to intelligent exploration and experimentation. At the same time, we recognise the value that automation can bring to our work.

In this presentation, we’ll think about how the role of software tester has evolved to serve the needs of modern Agile teams. We’ll look at how all testing activities sit somewhere on the sale of freedom and formality, and how successful projects include a healthy mix of formal checking and free exploration. Finally, we’ll learn how to bring structure to our exploratory testing efforts using checklists, tours and variables.


I’m a Senior Software Tester in the Customer Experience team Holiday Extras. Previously, I worked as the QA/UX Manager for digital agency Red Ant, working on a wide range of responsive web, native mobile and in-store projects across a broad spectrum of industries for clients including Topshop, Harrods, Toys R Us, MasterCard, Universal, Joules, Graze, The Entertainer, Iceland, Hornby, Volkswagen, The Natural History Museum, the NHS and the Department of Health. My skills span front end development and UX as well as software testing so I try to spend my time at the intersection of those disciplines.