Teaching Testing to Programmers. What Sticks, And What Slides Off? A Journey from Teflon To Velcro.

6:15 p.m.

Robert Sabourin

Rob Sabourin has more than thirty-eight years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals. A highly respected member of the software engineering community, Rob has managed, trained, mentored and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization.

Rob authored “I am a Bug!”, the popular software testing children’s book; works as an adjunct professor of software engineering at McGill University; and serves as the principal consultant (and president/janitor) of AmiBug.Com, Inc. Contact Rob at rsabourin@amibug.com.

Mónica Wodzislawski

Mónica Wodzislawski is an international consultant in Software Quality and Testing, with over twenty-five years of experience in IT. As a software testing pioneer in Uruguay, she has contributed to building large environments for software testing, both in industry and academia, under the banner “test to learn and learn to test.”

She is responsible for the first Spanish language fully-online Testing Career programme (3 years in its complete version) offered by the Centro de Ensayos de Software. Mónica is also a professor of Software Engineering at Universidad de la República - School of Engineering, and a speaker at international conferences.

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Due to the current situation with Coronavirus the TASSQ Board has decided to continue with monthly free online events until further notice, in support of the QA community!

Guest Speakers

Robert Sabourin – AmiBug.Com, Inc. and McGill University

Mónica Wodzislawski – Centro de Ensayos de Software (Software Testing Center), Uruguay and Universidad de la República, (University of the Republic), Uruguay

There is a lot of interest in teaching programming skills to testers, but Rob and Mónica suggest that it is even more important to teach testing skills to programmers. Corporate initiatives to “shift left” and Agile “test-driven” development approaches are only effective if a skilled programmer is also a skilled tester.

Agile training emphasizes soft skills and collaboration between team members with diverse skills. While appreciating such training, Rob and Mónica think that great testing does not naturally follow from team-building exercises; pragmatic hard skills such as programming, test design, troubleshooting and debugging must be taught.

In this presentation, Rob and Mónica will discuss two phenomena observed in their practice, will talk about the value of a shared commitment to quality and the importance of cultural awareness, and will explore different instructional approaches.