TestFlix 2021 - Peter Walen - The Test Tribe

TestFlix 2021 – Peter Walen

'TestFlix 2021' - Esteemed Speaker​

Peter Walen

Quality Advocate & Agile Tester

Atomic Talk Title: The Problem With Testing

Testing positions tend to focus requirements on tools and languages. Most ignore the skills needed for good testing. Without good skills in software testing, the tools to help with testing are meaningless. To have any value, testing skills must be learned before learning automation skills.


  1. Skills needed for good testing must be learned first;
  2. Learn to learn;
  3. Share what you have learned with others;
  4. THEN learn automation.

Speaker Bio

Peter Walen is a strategist, technologist, and philosophical thinker who has spent the past 25 years focused on solving quality problems in complex organizations. His formal education included history, philosophy, music, and education. Using dialogical methodologies honed from years of teaching and technology experience, Pete works to help organizations, teams, and individuals enact positive change by changing the social relations in the organization. 

Pete’s dialogical methodology has proven effective in large, enterprise organizations as well as small startups. Pete has employed his methodology in full-time, contract, and consultative capacities. He understands the nuanced challenges that testers face in an ever-changing landscape and uses the depth of his knowledge and breadth of his experience to make changes in the organizations where he works, and to help other software professionals do the same. 

Pete enjoys making and teaching Irish and Scottish traditional and folk music. He also writes to share his experiences about the software industry. You can learn more about Pete’s philosophies of software testing and quality on his blog. 

He is a member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), the Scrum Alliance, the Agile Alliance, and a former Member of the Board of Directors of The Association for Software Testing (AST). 

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