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Testing the Manifesto

  • 14 May 2020
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Online via Zoom
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Topic Abstract:

Agile principles and associated approaches to software development have been in existence for nearly the entire 21st Century. And yet, teams are still unsure of how to integrate testing as not only specific tasks, but as an extension of the philosophies and mindset which produces the Agile Manifesto in the first place.  As a result, teams either ignore testing, test less than is necessary by staying on the “happy path”, or in some cases, dramatically over-test through 20th Century behaviors and attitudes toward software quality. 

In this session, Paul will take a trip back to the very beginning by walking us through the values and principles behind the Agile Manifesto and provide recommendations for each of them to ensure testing has a balanced voice in Agile organizations. 

By connecting specific actions to the general principles, you will come away from this session with a fresh understanding of how to test and deliver quality on your current and future projects.


  1. A deeper understanding of the goals and principles of the Agile Manifesto
  2. Recommendations for how to work within the 12 Principles as a software test professional
  3. Specific “do’s and don’ts” real-world examples which will be important actions to try within your teams.


Paul Herzog is a Principal Consultant at West Monroe Partners in Chicago.  He has over 20 years of experience in testing technology leadership, software quality assurance, systems engineering and business analysis, and Agile planning as a Scrum Master.  His engineering career has taken him through projects in a wide variety of industries, from telecom to dental scanners to slot machines.  He is passionate about building out West Monroe’s internal teams and clients alike in adopting intelligent methods for Agile testing, automation, and test tool implementation.  Paul holds a B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering, and lives in Lake Zurich, Illinois.

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