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The Fellowship of the Test: Building a Community Across Agile Teams - Christine McGarry

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Talk Description

Your company has grown and your development team is ready to divide into smaller, project-focused groups. Or your development team is already divided and the project teams have started to drift apart. How do you encourage the spark of collaboration and communication between multiple project teams within your organisation?

Join Christine McGarry as she shares the story of how she began The Fellowship of the Test: a gathering of testers to spark collaboration and communication across multiple project teams. Christine will share her experiences and learn about what went well, what was a struggle, and what she learned along the way.

Whether you are a leader of testing within your organisation who is ready to ignite the fire of collaboration or you are an individual tester looking to build a grassroots campaign of a community, you will leave with a series of actions you can take to begin your own journey. (Lord of the Rings references are optional).


  • How we identified project teams were not working as well as a mega-agile team.
  • Tactics to modify the mindset/culture from groups of agile project teams that didn't often communicate with other agile project teams towards a culture of testers as a bridge of communication.
  • Overcoming challenges with remote teams: how to craft the same experience for everyone involved.
  • General tips and suggestions for those who want to try something similar at their organisation.


What you’ll learn

By the end of this talk, you'll be able to:

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About Speaker

<p>I love working with clever and talented people to build better software. One of my favourite testing tasks is tracing the origin of a bug; problem solving and creativity at its best! I regularly read testing blogs and books and love to try new testing ideas to become a more effective tester. I've delivered talks at KWSQA Quality Conference and STARCanada. I've implemented several quality monitoring initiatives for both the technological side and people side of development teams and I'm currently helping to foster community at a fast-growing startup.</p> <p>I've been called an adrenaline junkie because I enjoy downhill skiing and rock climbing (not at the same time!). For me, though, it's not the thrill of going fast or being at a great height that I enjoy: it's the way those activities focus your mind while you are doing them. In order to be successful, you must give skiing (or climbing) your 100% attention and focus. It's a form of moving meditation for me.</p>

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