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Using Testing Specialists to Grow Testing Skills in Agile Teams

Steve Berczuk

The Scrum Guide says that a Scrum team is cross functional -- having all the resources it needs to deliver what it commits to. Yet there are often skills the team needs to deliver the right product with the right quality which no one on the team has. One approach to addressing this situation is to have "component" teams to support the "feature teams". Test Automation is often a missing skill and some organizations create "testing teams" to fill the gaps. This creates all sorts of problems, but saying that separate teams don't work doesn't solve the underlying problem. During this session I'll talk about experience with an approach using "Specialist Teams" to bridge the skills gap in short term, develop common frameworks in the medium term, and enhance the skill set of all the feature teams long term.

About the Speaker:

Steve Berczuk is a software developer who is passionate about helping teams deliver effectively by helping to solve technical, process, and people management problems. A Scrum Master, and agile software configuration management expert, Steve is a frequent contributor to Techwell, and the author of a book on Software Configuration Management Patterns. Steve is an Principal Engineer at OUTFRONT Media team which builds tools and provides coaching to help teams deliver features effectively. Steve's articles and his blog can be found at, and you can follow him in twitter @sberczuk.

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