What do Leaders Need to Know to Succeed with Agile Testing - Janet Gregory

Janet Gregory
Janet Gregory
What do Leaders Need to Know to Succeed with Agile Testing - Janet Gregory

When organization transitions from using phased and gated methods to using agile, general training is usually provided for the teams, but very little information is provided to leadership about what that means for testing - to the team or to the organization. 
 

Teams often suffer the consequences because the leaders don’t understand their role. In this talk, the speaker shares their experiences in what leaders need to know about testing in agile to help their teams succeed and also how teams and individuals can help influence and share that message with their leaders.
 

For example, testers may struggle because they are treated as “plug and play” resources, assigned to more than one team while being expected to be equally valuable to all the teams. This sets them and their team up for failure since they cannot be in two places at once. 
 

Transitioning to agile is more than a process change, it is a mindset change – not only for the delivery teams but for everyone in the organization, especially the leaders who are expected to set the vision for the company. Learn how to influence your leaders as they shift their mindset to building quality in.

What You'll Learn

  • What leaders should know to help teams build quality into their products
  • Ideas about team members can influence leaders
  • Ideas about how individuals can influence their team

Janet Gregory

Agile Testing Coach

Janet Gregory is an agile testing coach and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009), and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley 2014), the Live Lessons Agile Testing Essentials video course, and “Agile Testing for the Whole Team” 3-day training course.

Janet specializes in showing agile teams how testing practices are necessary to develop good quality products. She works with teams to transition to agile development and teaches agile testing courses worldwide. She contributes articles to publications and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences and user group meetings around the world. For more about Janet’s work and her blog, visit www.janetgregory.ca or www.agiletester.ca.