The Art of a Renaissance Tester: How Many Hats Can You Wear?

The Renaissance was an era in which many of history’s greatest thinkers lived, Da Vinci, Copernicus, Michelangelo, Galileo, Alberti. It was the inspiration for a term we call “Renaissance man”, as many polymaths were a part of this era. A Renaissance man (a.k.a. polymath) was a person whose expertise spanned a significant number of different subject areas. Polymaths were known to call on complex bodies of knowledge to solve specific problems. they were facing.

How many of us feel like a renaissance tester, looking for various solutions and knowledge to solve our day to day tasks and problems? Many times as a tester, teams may leave you out of meetings because they feel you can’t contribute. Estimation sessions, requirements gathering, customer interviews, are all great places a good tester can make a difference on a project. It is critical, as testers, to learn as much as we can about what the rest of the team is doing, and how every role contributes to the success of the product and deliverables. There is a quote “Jack of all trades, master of none”. With renaissance testers, the quote should be “Jack of all trades, master of many”.

In this session, we will discuss how the role of a tester should take on a renaissance tester approach. You will be called on to examine what roles exists in software development and delivery, and how that you can contribute to the overall process.

Session Takeaways:

  • An understanding of the merits and benefits of cross-training with other teams.
  • A group discussion on the various roles and skills we face today in testing.
  • An examination of the “shape” you are in your team (T-shaped, PI-Shaped, Multi-shaped).
  • Benefits of expanding your skillsets to improve your testing skills, support the other teams, and deliver a quality product for the organization.

Location: Laurel Date: April 7, 2016 Time: 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Antonio Gutierrez