20th November 2015
etc.venues St Paul's, London, UK

Lateral and critical thinking skills to help with building a quality product

Dan Ashby Lab49

Session type: Tutorial
Session duration: 45 minutes

About this Tutorial

Thinking skills are important. The job of an agile team is to develop a high quality product or feature. To do this, we need to use our thinking skills to consider:

  • the ideas of the product
  • the processes and tools that we use to build the product
  • the product itself

We need to develop and test effectively - and to do this we need to think laterally and critically.

Lateral and critical thinking skills are probably the biggest attribute that agile teams can have. And guess what? They are something you can learn and get better at through practice!

In this very interactive session I will explain what lateral thinking and critical thinking are and the differences between them. The main focus of this session, however, is to teach HOW to think laterally and critically through discussions and activities.

I will help you to start enhancing your thinking skills through the use of interactive games and puzzles that involve everyone.

These activities will then be related to real life development and testing examples, where we will discuss the relationships between each puzzle and activity to the role of the team through things like '3 amigo' requirement discussions.

You'll gain a thorough understanding of lateral thinking and critical thinking and where they are applicable in our industry. You'll also learn how different challenges can be overcome using these thinking skills.

Finally, you'll get an insight into how to keep practising these vitally important thinking skills to keep on top of your game.

About the Speaker

Dan is the Deputy Practice Head within Lab49's Quality Practice in London (although he's originally from Glasgow). He's been testing for over a decade, working on a wide variety of products from printer software/hardware/firmware, to web and mobile apps and sites of all different sizes.

Dan is passionate about context-driven testing and is currently focused on testing web-based software while coaching/training people in software testing and agile.

Dan loves getting involved in the testing community and regularly speaks at conferences and meet-ups. He also blogs and is the co-host of the Testing in the Pub podcast series.