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Acceptance Testing in Agile – what does it mean to you?

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With sequential lifecycles like the V-model, the main interpretation of ‘Acceptance’ is usually User Acceptance Testing. In the more iterative/incremental approach of Agile, the word ‘acceptance’ has a different meaning. It typically relates to customer or user story based testing. However, many agile teams struggle to ensure they have an effective test strategy because of a lack of clarity in the scope of acceptance testing. This can lead to significant product risks being omitted in testing. This presentation will clarify the many forms of Acceptance testing and the roles involved. It will provide key lessons learnt and practical advice to help ensure your approach is as effective as possible in your context.

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Fran O’Hara

Fran O’Hara is Director and Principal Consultant of Inspire Quality Services. With almost 30 years’ experience in the software industry, he specialises in pragmatic approaches to lean/agile, software process improvement, quality/testing, and associated practices. For the last 5 years, his main focus has been providing agile/lean coaching, training and support to organisations transitioning to agile/lean particularly with Scrum/XP and Kanban.
Fran is a regular speaker at agile, process improvement and quality/testing conferences. He is a certified ScrumMaster, Professional ScrumMaster, an ISTQB testing tutor at advanced level, a trained lead assessor for CMMI and TMMi, a fellow of the Irish Computer Society, a director of the TMMi Foundation, and co-founder of the Irish SIG in Software Testing – SoftTest.

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