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Wednesday, August 14 • 10:45am - 11:45am
It's Not Rocket Science, It's Far Trickier

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Popular culture leads us to believe that rocket science and brain surgery are the most complicated things out there. "It's not rocket science" is uttered when the business describe the new feature they want, or engineers explain the technical architecture or marketing want details of new features for the website announcement. This ex-rocket scientist thinks that most of what we do is far more complicated that rocketry (though admits she's completely unqualified to comment on the brain surgery comparison) and has been known to retort "rocket science is ok, it's recovery that's tricky".

In a 40 minute talk we will cover a number of known live rocketry failures due to undiscovered bugs, major test failures during construction, as well as missions enhanced by successful collaboration. These examples will be linked back to practices that the testing industry may replicate or may rail against, for instance full end-to-end regression tests after integration of individual components. The aim is for attendees to learn that taking inspiration from other industries can enhance their craft and increase the diversity of their test ideas.

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Nicola Sedgwick

Mindful Leader, Coach & Team Glue, Culturli
An avid enthusiast of agile ways of working, Nicola loves the way technology can enhance and transform the world around us. Nicola is often found working with a product and coaching focus to ensure agile teams collaborate between themselves, and with stakeholders, in order to eliminate... Read More →

Wednesday August 14, 2019 10:45am - 11:45am EDT
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