Stephen Janaway

Bloom & Wild

Software Delivery (A) 2019
Software Delivery (A)
Friday 14.00 - 14.45

Session type: Lecture
Session level: Introductory

The Good Testing, The Bad Testing and The Ugly Testing

Session slideshow

It’s all too easy to think that you understand what testing is all about. Checking that the software works, right? Simple. Well that’s not the true story.

What good testing looks like is one of the most misunderstood areas of software development. Sadly not only do those outside of the testing industry often misunderstand what good looks like, so do those within testing as well. As tools vendors and service companies push their own agenda’s and universities push out more and more graduates with little formal education in testing then it’s no surprise that the sorts of testing typically talked about at agile conferences is not the sort of testing that fits with the autonomous, cross functional teams that we seek to build. If you’ve seen testers as the blockers to the team’s delivery or the quality police then you’ll no doubt understand why change is needed.

Fortunately there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is another way. And in this presentation we intend to tell the audience what that is. We will talk about how testing has come to be where it is today, what bad and ugly testing looks like and more importantly what good testing is. We’ll give the audience the information to take back to their teams to really be able to help their testers excel at their craft and ensure that they are a key part of every Agile team. And team’s with empowered, effective testers as a part are teams that can really deliver.


A VP Engineering at Bloom & Wild I help people deliver software more effectively. Over the last 19 years I’ve worked in coaching, training and leadership positions in companies such as Nokia. Ericsson, Motorola and the YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP, as well as advising a number of mobile and e-commerce companies on development, testing and delivery strategies. I am co-curator of the Testing In The Pub podcast and regularly write and present about all things leadership and software.