Agile Software Testing Evangelists Are In The House!


Welcome to Fab February and our Testing Extravaganza, with a fantastic line-up of 3 speakers!

– Mark Winteringham – “What about me? Test strategies for agile teams”
– Matt Bailey – “Field Notes: Testing Sensor-Driven Systems”
– Dan Billing – “How to be a Redshirt (and Survive)”

** TALK 1 **

“What about me? Test strategies for agile teams” by Mark Winteringham, Agile Testing Evangelist @ Software Test Clinic

‘Agile doesn’t understand testing’ – Dan North – BDD is not Testing @ BDDx 2017

Working as a tester over the past decade I’ve seen a giant shift in how teams work. Collaboration, outside in development and continuous delivery. Teams influenced by agile are growing by leaps and bounds, but what about me? How do I integrate into one of these teams? How can I enable my team to be successful in a way that is personally rewarding? What’s my strategy?

In “What about me?” I will discuss the missed opportunities that can contribute to a team’s success when testing is misunderstood (including testers). I will share the value of testing to support my team as well as a wide range of testing activities I have in my ‘testing tool belt’ to help teams create a more integrated test strategy that supports everyone.

By the end of the session, attendees will be able to:

– Discuss the issues teams face integrating Testers into agile contexts
– Describe the value and purpose of testing in a team
– Judge the value of current testing activities commonly used in agile teams
– Break down their team’s current working process to identify opportunities for testing
– Implement new testing practices to support their team’s current working approach About Mark

I am a tester, coach, mentor, teacher and international speaker, presenting workshops and talks on technical testing techniques. I’ve worked on award winning projects across a wide variety of technology sectors ranging from broadcast, digital, financial and public sector working with various Web, mobile and desktop technologies.
I’m an expert in technical testing and test automation and a passionate advocate of risk-based automation and automation in testing practices which I regularly blog about at and the co-founder of the Software Testing Clinic ( in London, a regular workshop for new and junior testers to receive free mentoring and lessons in software testing. I also have a keen interest in various technologies, developing new apps and Internet of thing devices regularly. You can get in touch with me on twitter: @2bittester

** TALK 2 **

“Field Notes: Testing Sensor-Driven Systems”

by Matt Bailey, Software Engineer in Test @ Axon Vibe

Trying to apply my knowledge gained working on an e-commerce platform to my new position testing Axon Vibe’s mobile sensor-driven system, I found many of the techniques I had been applying previously needed adaptation or significant re-thinking. As well as the normal hurdles that mobile applications present such as app store review times and device fragmentation, the nature of the system presented some new challenges. We found the team needed to balance quick feedback loops with extensive field testing, and develop processes and tools to support this. In this talk I’ll outline some of the difficulties we face testing a system dependent on large amounts of mobile sensor data gathered from the field, and how we have attempted to overcome these to get fast and detailed feedback to the team and enable quick iteration and increased agility.

About Matt

I am a tester and more recently, scrum master, with over 10 years experience working with technology and the internet in a variety of contexts, from car hire to maritime tracking. I’m currently an SET with Axon Vibe in Norwich.

** TALK 3 **

“How to be a Redshirt (and Survive)”

by Daniel Billing, Test Jumper @ Medidata

What is a Redshirt?

In science fiction lore, it’s those unfortunate crew members who give their lives. Either to protect their comrades or in an act of ill-prepared bravado, without learning from the mistakes of their predecessors.For me, it’s become a great way of describing the pitfalls and problems of security testing. I’d like to rebrand the Redshirt so that it becomes a mark of preparation and a developing mindset for security.This talk will help you understand how to identify the biases at play when security testing. We will explore the negative behaviours that can challenge you when security testing. The security mindset is more than tools and technical skill. It’s about having an instinct for spotting problems that are often hidden in plain sight. It’s about exploring the problems that some may prefer to brush under the carpet.Security issues aren’t going to disappear into a black hole. It’s time that testers took up the challenge. We can do it together.


– Developing a security Mindset in cross functional teams-
– Identifying biases and working with them
– Challenging negativity when security testing
– Recognising patterns in security problems
– Understanding that security is everyone’s problem

About Dan

Dan has been a tester for 17 years, working within a diverse range of development organisations, mostly in the south-west of England. He has been a freelance test consultant but currently works as a Test Jumper at Medidata, where most of his time is spent coaching and leading testers, developing test strategy and exploring the needs of the business. This includes mentoring, supporting and training members of the team to develop their security skills also. Dan’s love of testing drives him to become an active member of the testing community. He has organised events and workshops in the testing community, and is an organiser at the Nordic Testing Days conference in Estonia. He has recently given the keynote at WeTest in New Zealand, and is a speaker at various international tech and testing conferences. He is also a co-host of the Screen Testing podcast, alongside Neil Studd.

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