A quality framework can help you make the right tool choices

We all know Quality, don’t we? We use the word freely in conversation, and we each have our perceptions of it. But can we define it in terms that others understand? Can we discuss and communicate it with others? How do we manage this?

Failing to ask and find answers to these questions is a significant cause of failure in product-development efforts, and this has a corresponding – sometimes exponential – impact on the choice of tools and approaches we make to support our work.

If you’ve failed to get the value you seek from your testing tools and approaches, this is likely why. Without a clear understanding and alignment on quality, and the value-network that underpins it, you will struggle to demonstrate value from your testing efforts and the tools you use to supporting them. As a result, many testing tools fail to deliver real value, or deliver insufficient value for a disproportionate, often significant, investment. This is often evident in Test Automation efforts.

In 2014, a wonderful and deceptively simple framework for thinking about quality was nurtured into existence at RMIT in the fertile soil of the context-driven testing community. This talk will give you an overview of this work: a modern quality framework that works in many different contexts to help teams work together to generate value and a quality outcome.

This talk will discuss how you can leverage this framework to make better choices about your testing tools.

Paul Szymkowiak

Paul Szymkowiak works with managers and their teams to build strategic-thinking agile capability through mentored skill development. He currently divides his time across a variety of roles: CTO, independent consultant and maker educator. He is a founding member of the Context-Driven Testing community, and was an early adopter of test automation, agile and iterative development, and the maker movement. In addition to the Federated Quality Framework, he authored the testing approach within RUP, the first widely-used method framework that supports scaled-agile development. A long-term software-development coach, he is currently focused on bringing context-driven practices to business strategy and lean service improvement, and in developing a STEAM education extension curriculum for primary and secondary students. He has been mastering his business and product development skills for over 30 years, having worked in a wide variety contexts across multiple continents.