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CQAA March 2016 Speaker Program: The Testing Pyramid: It's Not About Testing

  • 22 Mar 2016
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • TEKsystems 111 N Canal Street Chicago, Il 60606 16th Floor Training Room


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The Testing Pyramid: It's Not About Testing

Gary Pedretti, Sodoto Solutions

About the Topic

Do you struggle with building and maintaining an automated test suite? Do you wonder how you can work together with other non-testing specialists in a true cross-functional agile team? Do you push all testing to the end, even though you’re using agile techniques and shorter cycles – snowplowing risk forward and compressing the test cycle like we did in waterfall?

Mike Cohn introduced the Testing Pyramid in his 2009 book, Succeeding with Agile, as a model for thinking about sustainable test automation. But it also has powerful implications for analysis, architecture, coding, documentation, and team dynamics. Building a product that is well covered by tests, in the ratios described by the Testing Pyramid, requires specific thinking and approaches at the people, process, and tool levels. In this talk we cover modern techniques and patterns that allow for all software specialists to be guided by the Testing Pyramid to build shared, collaborative team environments that produce quality products.

Key Learning Objectives
  • New ways to think about Mike Cohn's popular Testing Pyramid
  • New patterns for developing a well-tested application
  • New ways for architects, testers, and coders to work together in a cross-functional manner
About the Speaker

With over eighteen years of technical, process, and leadership experience, Gary Pedretti works closely with companies nationwide to help them achieve their goals in delivering business value through software. He is an agile software development trainer, coach, and practitioner, as well as a curriculum developer, application architect, and software craftsman. Since taking a class on Scrum with Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of the Scrum framework, Gary has worked to evangelize Scrum and other agile frameworks, deepen his personal knowledge, and continuously improve his ability to help others understand agility.

Gary is a strong believer in the “see one, do one, teach one” road to craft and mastery, which led him to become a Professional Scrum Trainer for Schwaber’s Over the past five years he has trained thousands of students on Scrum and agility – coders, testers, UX specialists, BAs, DBAs, PMs, managers, and C-suite executives – using experiential, immersive courses. He has also mentored and trained four additional trainers, who went on to teach hundreds of students over the past three years.

Host and Location

111 N Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60606
16th Floor Training Room

Enter on Randolph/Canal or Washington/Canal.
Check in at the Security Desk in Lobby.


1:30-2:00 Sign-in & Networking
2:00-2:15 Announcements
2:15-4:00 Presentation (15 minute break at 2:45)


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