Belfast event: Avoiding the Availability Heuristic by Mary Walshe

BY : softtestireland - Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 3:20 pm

SoftTest in association with ISA Skillnet presents

Talk: ‘Avoiding the Availability Heuristic’
Speaker: Mary Walshe
Location: Holiday Inn, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast
Date and time: Thursday 23rd April 2015, 12 noon – 2pm

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In our agile world today we are all moving toward being leaner. Striving for lower cycle time, being effective in an efficient manor. As cross functional teams we are working on developing a devops culture from design through the development process to production support. This presents us with a few problems.

How can we create a lean consciousness in our teams?
How can we identify the waste that needs to be removed?
How can we avoid the availability heuristic?

In Mary’s team they have found an answer to these questions and as a consequence they have improved our approach to quality, testing and the way they work as a delivery team. Mary’s team have been addressing the availability heuristic through use of a visualization tool. They have been using this tool for over a year and as their is a Kaizen culture on the team this tool has evolved and presented many benefits in its evolution. Mary will discuss these benefits and how they helped to answer the questions above.


mary walsheMary Walshe helps teams deliver successful solutions to business problems and plays a major role in striving for a kaizen culture in these teams. She has been working in the industry for 4 years and currently she works on a cross functional team in Paddy Power as an agile tester. Her team uses Kanban to help them measure their experiments and in order to continually improve.  Mary has a degree in Social Science from UCC and spent some time teaching English before moving into testing. She is one of the contributors to Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory’s’ new book ‘More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team’. In her spare time Mary runs adventure races and mountain bikes.

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