An Agile QA Consultant does more than write test cases or execute them. They participate in activities such as “Estimating Stories” and “Backlog Grooming”. They interact with developers, attend daily scrum and sprint-planning sessions and they AUTOMATE.
As QA you are expected to be knowledgeable on the different tools and methodologies used. Finding the root cause of issues, bringing fresh ideas and perspectives to the development team, design, and product owners while still ensuring that releases are sent out on time.
It can become overwhelming when a bug makes its way to production or the builds that you are getting are not up to par. How do you set yourself up for success? How do you make an impact? Having an Agile QA toolkit will allow you to be knowledgeable in the right areas, think quickly on your feet, be ready to grasp promotion and other opportunities for growth as well as be confident and efficient in carrying out your day to day tasks.
The Agile QA Toolkit
- Continuous Testing
- Simplified and clean code
- Test Cases
- Sprints and Releases
- API Testing
- Exploratory Testing
- Early Testing
- Defect Management
The Agile QA toolkit provided is just a start and can be modified to increase or decrease the concepts, approaches, tools, and technologies to meet different needs.
During this presentation, Julia will share her personal experience as a QA Consultant. In addition, she will present on various testing tools, concepts and approaches that she has been exposed to as well as tips on how to deal with incomplete requirements and time zone differences. These will help you to create an Agile QA Toolkit that enables you to make an impact.
At the end of the talk aspiring and current QA’s will learn concepts and lessons that will be relevant to their day to day life and experience. They will leave with a QA Toolkit that will help them make an impact. They will gain applicable knowledge about automation tools, testing concepts and approaches. Additionally, persons at this talk will be able to better handle challenges and be more prepared and empowered for change.
They will take the following from the talk:
- Being ready for change and applying lessons from past projects to future projects.
- Testing tools and approaches needed for a consultant toolkit (Getting Started and improving on what you have).
- Be prepared to grab opportunities and grow as a QA Consultant.
Julia Pottinger – Lead QA Consultant, QualityWorks Consulting Group
Julia Pottinger is a Lead QA Consultant with experience creating test automation frameworks in Java, Ruby, and Nodejs. Her expertise in manual, automated and API testing and training has helped companies significantly enhance the quality of their software through improved test coverage, faster time to market, increased process efficiency and optimized use of resources. Julia is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience and contributes to the testing community through writing articles, and delivering testing courses and conducting testing workshops.