Unit Testing and TDD from the tester perspective

25-minute Talk

Moving from confusion about unit testing to feeling comfortable talking about it


11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tuesday 16th


Room F3 - Track 3: Talks


Testers who want to learn more about unit testing


  • It's worth learning about unit testing as a tester
  • Examples of unit tests
  • How to practice

How to learn, practice and even contribute

For many years of my testing career, I was aware of Unit Testing and TDD – but it was definitely filed under “developers do that and it’s not really any of my business”. As I’ve become more of a proponent of whole team quality and comb shaping – and gained more experience of projects, my opinion has changed. I now think that testers can and should talk to developers about unit tests, and can definitely be good pairing partners for writing unit tests.

Obviously, for many of us, that involves a lot of learning and probably stepping out of our comfort zone (again!) in terms of technological knowledge and also team dynamics. In this talk I’d like to take you on the journey that I made: - what changed my mind - how I learned more about unit testing and TDD- including the example that finally clicked for me! - how I encouraged others to learn more - what experiences I’ve gathered and seen in projects since making these steps

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