This are my slides during my presentation on distributed testing at the ANZTB Test 2017 Conference in Wellington, New Zealand last Friday 5th May 2017.
This conference is about the future, but to look at the future sometimes it’s best to start with the past
Once upon a time there was waterfall…
Along came ‘Agile’ which is about shorter feedback loops…
But what happens next? What does testing look like in a post-agile world? That’s what I’ll be talking about today.
I’ve been a tester for about fourteen years.
I work for Automattic where we embrace the chaos. Buddah once said “Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.”
What exactly does distributed mean? How is that different from remote?
Distributed is a lot closer than you think. Some of us work in distributed ways without even knowing it. Katrina Clokie’s blog post about the testing team at Bank of New Zealand following an earthquake last year explains how her team temporarily adopted a ‘dispersed’ approach to working.
What if you could choose to live and work anywhere you like? What if you weren’t constrained to a particular city or office? How would working with people from 50+ cultures every day change the person you are?
Automattic and my team Flow Patrol demonstrate the future of distributed testing.
Anybody and everybody tests at Automattic; before, during and after any release we do: all the time. If everyone tests all the time, how will you differentiate yourself as a tester?
We need to get past the term ‘sprint’. There’s no hurry to work on these things, but don’t pause either.
I painted a rose coloured picture about working in a distributed way. But with any good thing there’s some downsides and darksides. Luckily you can combat these with mindfullness and diligence. Being aggressively transparent helps a lot.
Why limit yourself to an office? Prepare yourself, but always remember the best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
The audience erupts into loud and thunderous applause 👏🏻