Timeless Skills for Modern Testers to Champion Quality and Innovation

As testers in today’s world of Agile and DevOps, we are challenged to champion quality in new and unique ways. We are challenged to develop innovative test approaches that focus on customer value. It is in using not only our technical expertise but more importantly, our creativity in bringing innovative techniques such as test optimization, BDD and others to our test practices that we can make our most valuable contribution. We determine both what to test and how to test and we test jointly with developers. We assess risk and communicate this to our teams and stakeholders through our stories. So then, our ability to innovate comes from not only our technical skills, but also from our skills in communication, collaboration and creativity.

In this presentation, I’ll delve into the key skills that the modern testers need to be innovative: communication, collaboration and creativity. Using real-life examples, I will show how we can create intersections of creativity both individually and as a team. You’ll learn how to look at issues in multiple, unexpected ways to eliminate your own associative barriers. Finally, you’ll learn how create an intersectional innovation by connecting seemingly unrelated ideas generated by teams of multiple disciplines.