STARCANADA 2018 Concurrent Session : Developers, Test Your Product Better through an Exploratory Approach


Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Developers, Test Your Product Better through an Exploratory Approach

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Developers often have the unfortunate reputation of not thoroughly testing their code. It’s not that developers do not understand how to test well; it’s just that they often have not had an opportunity to understand how the product works. Ryan Yackel maintains that implementing a team-wide exploratory testing initiative can help build the collaboration and knowledge-sharing needed to elevate all team members to the level of product master. Exploratory testing can be performed by anyone, but the real challenge is making sure that the process is properly managed, documented, and optimized. Ryan will describe the techniques necessary to drive a deeper understanding of software quality and to implement an effective and impactful exploratory testing practice. Creating better software is not just about writing code more accurately and efficiently; it is about delivering value to the end-user. Well-executed exploratory testing helps unlock this capability across the entire development team. You will learn why exploratory testing is essential to your overall test strategy, how to get the best out of your manual testing effort, and many examples of how to structure exploratory testing.


Ryan Yackel is the director of product marketing at QASymphony, ensuring their continued commitment to innovation and delivering tools to create better software. With a deep interest in the emerging trends of testing needs, Ryan is dedicated to being the customer voice for all QASymphony products. Ryan comes to QASymphony from Macy’s Inc., where he managed testing on large enterprise initiatives delivering logistics implementations for their warehouse management systems. Ryan is a certified ScrumMaster from Scrum Alliance and holds a bachelor of arts degree from Covenant College.