ZEN AND THE ART OF AGILE TEST MANAGEMENT – ROBERT SABOURIN – (ENGLISH)
Successfully leading teams to consistent on time, on quality and on budget projects – is a critical skill set of the – Test Manager. But when transitioning to agile the Test Manager often seems to be completely left out in the cold. Many advocates argue that in agile there is simply no need for a test manager. Those (few remaining) useful testers will naturally, or somehow magically, morph into great agile team members actively participating delivering value instead of naïve nay saying, perfunctory negativism and the general spreading of bad news.
So our company has gone to agile…
we’ve all taken a bunch seminars
many people have been given certifications and stickers – yeah we are official
some sage consultants have guided our stakeholders
we’ve built popsicle stick bridges
we’ve scrum masters to facilitate us
we’ve product owners to prioritize us
we’ve team members to actually do some real work
and we plan about planning
and we ALWAYS release ALWAYS
but it seems we’ve no need for testers
‘cause we can self-organize out of the picture …
Suddenly stakeholders expect individual contributors “testers” to perform magical risk analysis acting as contortionists, on the fly, in the heat of the sprint, with no information, to get software working software in just two weeks – or should I say working well enough to pass acceptance tests getting to DONE.
In this course we will share a critical role of the test manager in both agile transitions and agile team creation, development and evolution. We will show how the test manager can become an influential advocate and trusted advisor to product owners, to stakeholders and to agile team members.
This course provides methods and techniques to help test managers make a difference and actually drive success in agile product development efforts. Learn proven, effective, real world techniques becoming an influential agent of change. Identify critical skills. Implement transitional pathways. Mentor professional testers as they actively participate in agile projects.
This course is for anyone charged with managing or implementing software testing activities in any development environment, including business analysts, test engineers, test managers, developers, QA engineers, product owners, scrum masters and other software development professionals.
Delegates will be provided with electronic examples of all course materials including examples presented.
Zen and the Art of Agile Test Management
Guiding Harmony in Turbulent Times
Test Philosophy and Fundamental Thinking
Agile Testing Projects
Agile Team Members
Team oriented models
Who actually does what and when?
Blending Example Driven, Behaviour Driven & Acceptance Test Driven approaches
JIT – Just In Time
ASAP – As Soon As Possible
ALAP – As Late As Possible
Factors that influence decisions
Notions of quality?
Covey’s First Things First
Notion of building regression confidence
Humphrey’s Defect Injection Rates
Design trade offs
Elicitation of requirements & acceptance tests
Building libraries exemplars
Adopting new technologies
Context aware testing
Learn from stakeholders
Light effective mechanisms
Capture relevant metrics and data
PERT Estimation in the agile team
Decision making getting things done
Breaking traditional roles
Evolving the practice of testing
Scrum of Scrums
Service oriented teams
Hyper distributed Bohemian team structures
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Robert Sabourin, P.Eng. has more than 36 years management experience leading teams of software development professionals to consistently deliver projects on-time, on-quality and on-budget.
As a respected member of the software engineering community, Robert has trained and mentored literally hundreds of top professionals in the field.
Robert is an Adjunct Professor of Software Engineering at McGill University who often speaks to conferences around the world on software engineering, Software Quality Assurance, testing and management issues.
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