Preview: Testing for business benefit

Just before the weekend I finished my slide-pack for the “Testing for business benefit” training. I will give this training as tutorial on the EXPO:QA conference in Madrid.  Slides are of course only a limited part of the training. A lot of cases and interaction will be build on top of it, but below a sneak preview …


The world of IT is changing rapidly. Developments like cloud, web Apps and Agile develop-ments make many testers and business managers rethink the role of testing. Traditional dogma’s are changing. This training provides test professionals guidelines to distinguish themselves and make their added value noticed.

In this exciting new seminar, author and consultant Derk-Jan de Grood takes a different approach. Together with the participants he’ll explore how testers can align with the business benefits. Testing aims to improve the quality of the product, reduce the time-to-market and provide comfort.

The training will explain how testers can contribute to all these benefits and make them-selves rewarded for it. It combines best practices with a people centered approach. We testers need commitment from our manager in order to be successful. However managers are busy people and we need to get their attention first. The seminar teaches you how to align the output of your work with the needs of the business and how to make the added value of your testing more visible


  1. Testing, Why Bother?
  2. The problem with traditional testing
  3. Fear in IT projects
    – McCelland ring toss experiment for testers
    – Flow theory
    – Consequences of fear
    – Comfort model
  4. The added value of testing
  5. Quality of the product
  6. Reducing the time-to-market
  7. Provide comfort
  8. Increasing efficiency
    – 9 causes of losing valuable testing time
  9. Involving stakeholders
    – Understanding their needs
  10. What makes your manager successful
    – A test strategy with benefits
    – Reporting against stakeholders needs
  11. Effective test execution
  12. Testing for business benefit and the trends in IT


About derkjandegrood

Derk-Jan de Grood, works for Squerist as senior test consultant and agile advisor. As Trainer, Consultant and Agile Coach, he is involved with improvements and agile implementations. Derk-Jan is the author of several successful books including TestGoal, Grip on IT and the Dutch Testers association’s jubilee book on future trends in testing. In 2016 he published “Agile in the Real World”, a book on SCRUM. Derk-Jan won several awards including the prestigious European Testing Excellence Award in 2014
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