Most of us in software testing have heard leaders — or read articles about “technical testers”. Of course, technical knowledge is critical for testing success, but while most talk of technical testing is about taking on the challenge of test automation, there are almost always more valuable applications of technical know-how where testers can focus.
In this keynote session, long-time tester Alan Page shares his take on technical testing, why he is asking his own teams to write less automation, and how testers can provide their technical background to provide massive value to their teams.
Along with the rants, Alan will share examples of some of his favorite and most practical testing tools and discuss the power of building a broad tester toolbox.
Alan Page has been a software tester for nearly 25 years. He was the lead author of the book "How We Test Software at Microsoft", contributed chapters for "Beautiful Testing and Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation". He also writes about a variety of software engineering subjects (and other assorted rants) on his blog, and elsewhere on the internet. His latest “book” is a collection of essays on test automation called "The A Word".
Alan joined Microsoft as a member of the Windows 95 team, and since then has worked on a variety of Windows releases, early versions of Internet Explorer, and Office Lync. Notably, Alan served for over two years as Microsoft’s Director of Test Excellence.
In January of 2017, Alan left Microsoft to become the Director of Quality for Unity services.