Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Testing at the Architect Insight Conference

It has been a couple of weeks since I presented at Microsoft’s Architect Insight Conference and I thought it was about time I got round to writing up my thoughts around the session. For those who didn’t manage to get to the event, the session was PM day one, and it was titled, “Testing, why it should be fully integrated in the application lifecycle?”

We ended up running the session in one of the two main speaker rooms, and a spare seat was hard to find. In all I would guess we had around 50 people in the room! (nerves I hear you ask? Yes a healthy amount!) In any case, it was great to see so many people interested in a testing session at an architect’s conference.

I have put a copy of the slide deck up here for reference but I was pleased that the session provoked plenty of questions around architecting solutions in agile projects with a focus on testing. Much of the questions seemed to be around unit testing, test driven development and automated testing and it seemed that some people are still getting some resistance to performing unit testing even though this is, in my opinion, a cornerstone for agile projects.

I stayed at the end for the networking and was glad that I did, as there was plenty of people who sought me out to discuss some of the challenges that they were facing.

I am hoping to record a re-run of this session as a video blog article as soon as possible, although I can’t promise it will be up there in the next week because I simply can’t find the time- sorry guys. In the mean time check out the Microsoft page for further event information and watch this space.

As ever, if you have any questions, please feel free to comment or tweet me @dannycrone.

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