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Tuesday, May 21 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Analysis for Agilists (continued) (Michael Bolton)

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  • How do we go about understanding something complex?
  • How do we move from confusion to clarity?
  • What strategies and approaches can we use to identify and reason about things that matter?
  • When we’re dropped into a development or testing situation, how do we make sense of it all?
  • How can we rapidly achieve a deeper understanding of things that we know little or nothing about?
  • How do we anticipate and manage product, project, and business risk?
  • How can we develop skills to make us more powerful analysts, developers, testers, and critics?
Analysis – the study of things and ideas by examining their elements and structures — is a way of developing answers to all of these questions. Analysis is central to development and testing, yet not always well studied, discussed, or understood. Analysis can be quick and shallow, slower and deeper, narrowly or broadly focused, formal or informal.

In this one-day workshop, we'll engage in exercises and discussions that highlight ways of analyzing
  • Products
  • Technologies
  • Systems
  • Language
  • Test conditions
  • Risk
  • Social groups
  • Problems
  • Strategies
  • Analysis itself!

Learning Outcomes:
  • Participants may develop insights into
  • Sensemaking; how and why we go about analysis
  • Factoring; identify elements and dimensions that might make a difference
  • Modeling; representing complex things with useful simplifications
  • Revealing and managing assumptions
  • Geometric analysis; patterns, groupings, intervals, boundaries, symmetries…
  • Linguistic analysis; structures of what’s there and what’s missing in the ways we speak
  • General Systems Thinking; the role of the observer; aggregation; decomposition
  • Critical thinking: how might we be fooling ourselves? How can we defend against that?

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Michael Bolton

Consulting Software Tester, DevelopSense
Michael Bolton is a consulting software tester and testing teacher who helps people to solve testing problems that they didn’t realize they could solve. He is the co-author (with senior author James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing, a methodology and mindset for testing software... Read More →

Tuesday May 21, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
E-2025 (2nd Floor)