Ministry of Testing Edinburgh: A Journey into the Modern Testing principles

The Modern Testing Principles - Part 1

Within the Software Testing industry, we are lucky that we have people who are looking ahead to where our industry is going, how we can add value now and will continue to in the years to come. Alan Page and Brent Jensen’s A&B Testing podcast is one of the best discussions that looks at this very question.

Anyone who has listened to the AB testing podcast will know of the “Modern Testing Principles” in April we are going to explore on what these are, what that means to us as a collective and individually.

To explore the principles we are going to host a round table discussion on the principles Alan and Brent have created.

Plan of Attack
18:00 - Doors Open
18:30 - Round Table Discussions (we will focus on principles 1-6)
20:30 - Pub

This is in preparation for May as we will be joined via a live Crowdcast by Alan (Sorry we could not afford a return flight from Seattle!) who will talk to us about the Modern Principles finalising in a Q&A.

As you might be aware this meetup is part of a wider Meetup community ( and for May we will be joining with our Glasgow and Newcastle meetups for this very special session.

Link to the AB Testing podcast

Alan Page
Alan Page has been a software tester for over 25 years, and is currently the Director of Quality for Services (and self proclaimed Community Leader) at Unity Technologies. Previous to Unity, Alan spent 22 years at Microsoft working on projects spanning the company – including a two year position as Microsoft’s Director of Test Excellence.
Alan 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”. His latest ebook (which may or may not be updated soon) is a collection of essays on test automation called “The A Word: Under the Covers of Test Automation”, and is available on leanpub .

This event is sponsored by Hays Recruitment. It's with thanks to Finley Hartsuiker for the Hosting and Sponsorship this event

The principles of Modern Testing are:

1. Our priority is improving the business.

2. We accelerate the team, and use models like Lean Thinking and the Theory of Constraints to help identify, prioritize and mitigate bottlenecks from the system.

3. We are a force for continuous improvement, helping the team adapt and optimize in order to succeed, rather than providing a safety net to catch failures.
4. We care deeply about the quality culture of our team, and we coach, lead, and nurture the team towards a more mature quality culture.

5. We believe that the customer is the only one capable to judge and evaluate the quality of our product

6. We use data extensively to deeply understand customer usage and then close the gaps between product hypotheses and business impact.

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