Ard Kramer
OrangeCrest Consultancy (NL)


Ard is a software tester from the Netherlands and works for OrangeCrest. He calls himself a Qualisopher which stands for someone ‘who loves truth and wisdom, and at the same time is decisive to improve man and his environment’. This means he is interested in the world around us, to see what he can learn and subsequently apply in software testing. That is one of the reasons why Ard tells stories in books and at (test) conferences such as EuroStar, Expo:QA, TestWarez, TestingCup, and the Romanian Testing Conference. Besides working in IT he is also active in sports (volleyball) as a board member of the Dutch Volleyball Association

About the Tutorial

Roll the Marbles! Not Only Good Architecture Helps us to Test Better!

Improving quality is much more than simply exploring the software, as we testers sometimes do. It is also about having a solid architecture to avoid product risks, rather than merely mitigate them. Are you aware of the impact of architecture?

To show you the impact of architecture, we use an interesting metaphor which is also a toy for (big) children! Design, build, and test a marble track while applying the SCRUM approach. You must plan, talk, cooperate, build, test, and think a few sprints ahead to anticipate future problems or risks. Besides that, you will change roles between sprints to determine if you are more critical as a tester about things you did not build.