TestCon Europe 2021

Hybrid Edition

September 7-9

Vilnius and Online

Rick Tracy

Agile Coach / Test Consultant

Hapalion Consulting, The Netherlands


Rick is an avid test philosopher, constantly digging into themes and activities in testing. With a background in retail, banking, medicine, psychology and of course information technology, he enjoys exploring how all converge in new experiences and scintillating debate. Whether as a tester, manager, pathfinder, scrum master or coach, Rick always finds himself drawn to the wild open exchange of ideas and techniques in any testing event.

When not at work Rick enjoys spending time with his newborn twin boys, his wife and his cats, or settling in for a good reading or writing session. Come talk to him about anything!


Beyond the Bugs: The Full Value of Testing

Rick is getting bored with bugs. Not because they aren’t an important part of what we do in software development and testing, not because he’s been finding bugs for a long while now, and certainly not because there aren’t any new and interesting bugs to find! He’s bored with them because it seems to him that’s all anyone wants to talk about when we talk about the role of testing in an organization. Which is the equivalent of saying the role of a developer is to press “compile;” a vital step, but hardly the entirety of our work or value.

So Rick wants to go beyond the bugs. More importantly, he wants to take our fellow testers, our colleagues, our managers, users, clients, and bring them beyond bugs as well. Let’s together explore the world and value of testing that lies more in the creative, exploring, interpersonal and empathetic side, and see if we can shine a light on all the other parts of testing that make it a unique, powerful and downright fun thing to do.

Join him look at risk management, impact analysis, information gathering, product discovery, support enhancement, innovation potential and much more to find the full value of testing! Then bring it back to your organization and let’s all move beyond the bugs.

Key takeaways:
– There is much more value in testing that we can and need to promote.
– Activities in testing have room and need for other disciplines to join.
– By promoting other testing activities we get better at doing them consistently.

Session Keywords

🔑 Value
🔑 Future
🔑 Explore

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