Agility was not mentioned in the topic of the night, nevertheless, most of the presenters agreed on numerous notions that are central to Agile Testing :
– quality/tests are not handled at the end at the project (Eric Pierrel, Itris Automation)
– to have feedbacks very early in the project (Anne Pellegrin, Multicom). She explained the Wizard of Oz experiment ! Very interesting. Made me think about Pretotyping by Alberto Savoia.
– tests are driving the projects (Remy Dujardin, Hardis) and the whole project team should be involved in it.
So it is interesting to see how Agile was over-represented once we started to talk about quality in software. Agile is still a big topic in the area. A recent prove is the craze to get the tickets for Agile Grenoble 2012 conference. It sold out 2 weeks before the events. 500 tickets for a city like Grenoble is quite an indicator.
Slides and video of the presentations (all in french) are available online.
After the presentation, I had the chance to chat a bit with a local university teacher in software engineering. He was a bit skeptical about this “whole Agile thing” and was happy to outsource this part of the program to an external presenter… a guy from a local IT department. So, academic and business do talk together sometimes….(“please, help me present Agile !”)