Mon 16th July - Tony Heap on Options Engineering and James Sheasby Thomas with QA and Testing - a Retrospective

Post date: Jul 10, 2018 10:20:8 AM

In a fight (for attention) between Agile Yorkshire and the England World Cup semi final match we expected Agile Yorkshire to come of worst. Obviously the Agile Yorkshire community is full of dedicated and passionate lean / agile practitioners but we figured we should move aside for this "once in a generation" moment and reschedule our meetup from the normal second Wednesday. Hopefully that's OK with most.

*** Attention (read carefully) - The Venue for this Month Has Changed ***

We're changing venue for this month because our home on Floor 10 of the Platform building above the station has been rented out and there isn't an alternate space that's appropriate. Therefore we're on the move and for this month it's going to be on the first floor of what was The White Cloth Gallery on Aire Street behind the station. Full details of the venue address are show at the bottom of this event page.

Tony Heap: Options Engineering

There are always options. But when making business and IT change, we often forget to consider them, to the detriment of the overall outcome. The reason for this is the way the human mind processes ideas, and dates back to the cognitive revolution around 70,000 years ago.

In this session you will learn:

- How humans have ideas and make decisions

- Why considering options is so powerful, and yet so hard

- How to overcome these difficulties - a structured, yet lightweight, approach that I like so much I decided to give it a name

Bio: Tony Heap is a freelance agile coach / trainer / scrum master / business analyst designer based in Yorkshire. He has worked for all sorts of clients including HMRC, YBS Group, ASDA, Morrisons, NHS, DoH, RWE nPower, Arcadia, BT, BarclayCard and Egg, in some cases partnering with consultancies such as Equal Experts, BJSS and Answer Consulting. In his spare time he likes to share his experiences and ideas on his blog He is particularly interested in agile approaches and how they apply to business analysis. He is a requirements denier.

Twitter: @tonyheapuk Website:

James Sheasby Thomas: QA and Testing - a Retrospective

The term 'Quality Assurance' has a controversial reputation within the testing community - quality is subjective, so it cannot be assured, although it can be assessed, analysed, advocated for, questioned or improved. However it's also arguable that 'Testing' does not fully describe what modern testers do and the impact they can have on project success. Could there be a better label for the role that QA/Testing professionals perform in an agile context?

In this talk, James will discuss the limitations of both 'QA' and 'Testing' as labels, as well as previous attempts to define them. He will also explore the many ways that QAs/Testers in agile teams use their time and skills to help ensure project success and meaningful quality, and situations where our role overlaps with others. Attendees will be invited to contribute to the discussion and suggest possible alternative labels to 'QA' and 'Testing'.

Bio: James Sheasby Thomas is currently a Test Analyst for Inviqa, an established technical partner company based in the UK and Germany. His most popular talk is `Accessibility Testing Crash Course', which he presented at TestBash Manchester 2017, Leeds Test Atelier, Leeds Tester Gathering and Liverpool Tester Gathering.

Twitter: @RightSaidJames

Venue for July

We've lost our space at Platform so we're trying our a new venue. For July Agile Yorkshire will take place on the 1st Floor of what was the White Cloth Gallery behind Leeds train station. The address is given below and there is a picture of the building and front door also.

Address1st floor, Aireside House

24-26 Aire Street


West Yorkshire


Travelling by Train

The venue is 1 minutes walk when exiting the station at the door next to Wetherspoons

Travelling by Car

There is parking very close by in the station or cheaper parking further down Whitehall Road.