S11-204: Agile Testing: Facing the Challenges Beyond the Easy Contexts

Track: Agile Testing

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, Agile testing is hard! First you have to get over the misconception that you don’t need testers within Agile teams. Then you have to integrate with the developers and provide holistic quality services, while testing. And that’s the challenges when the going is easy! There are a whole set of other challenges associated with much more difficult contexts. In this session, Bob Galen will explore how to handle testing in some of those, including how to attack a total lack of test automation, how to remain Agile in highly regulated environments and still serve your PMO or Testing COE, and how to effectively test when your team is spread globally and interactions are nearly impossible. Bob will also explore contexts where you have to blend your traditional testing techniques “towards” Agile while still maintaining your balance. If you’re challenged in your testing contexts, expect examples and options.

Sample Challenging Contexts:

  • Large-scale environment, w/o any test automation
  • Highly distributed teams; testers separated from developers
  • Providing traceability data in a regulated environment
  • Dealing with the PMO; dealing with Testing Centers of Excellence on plans, processes and metrics reporting
  • At scale—tooling; At scale—maintaining consistency; At scale—processes

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Session Speaker:

Bob GalenBob Galen – Director, R&D, iContact
Bob Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other Agile methods and practices. He is currently the Director of R&D and Agile Coach at iContact, an email marketing SaaS provider. He is also President and Principal Consultant for RGCG, LLC. Bob has held director, manager and contributor level positions in both software development and quality assurance organizations. He has over 25 years of experience working in a wide variety of domains at companies including Bayer, Bowe–Bell & Howell Mail Processing, ChannelAdvisor, EMC, Lucent, Unisys and Thomson. Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing and team leadership. He is a Certified Scrum Master Practicing (CSP) since 2004, Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile Alliance & Scrum Alliance. In 2009 he published the book Scrum Product Ownership – Balancing Value from the Inside Out. The book addresses the gap in guidance towards effective agile product management. You can find the book here – http://tinyurl.com/cv8bsy Bob may be reached directly at – bob@rgalen.com or bob.galen@icontact.com and for more information – www.rgalen.com