Unit Testing and TDD from the tester perspective: how to learn, practice and even contribute


Wednesday 14th,

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Talks (Track 1) – Main Stage at the Beach

Session Type

25-minute Talk,

Beginner session




  • Misconceptions testers have about TDD and unit testing
  • How TDD and unit testing look like
  • How to learn and practise TDD and unit testing as a tester

Get insights into TDD and unit testing to help yourself and your team

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