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A Whole-Team (Dev+QA) Approach to Creating Your Successful Agile Project

Johanna Rothman, Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.

Everyone’s “Doing the Agile” these days. And, most supposedly-agile projects are disastrous: the dev “team” is separate from the “QA” team, management wants commitments, not estimates, the team can’t deliver what they want to and when. It feels like waterfall squished into short iterations. Welcome to waterfall dressed up to be “Capital-A-Agile.” An agile approach is a cultural change, not just a change in your practices. That means you’ll need to work via principle, not practice. Instead of starting with frameworks or tools, consider the fewest changes you might consider for your successful agile project. That could mean:

  • Work in flow efficiency, not resource efficiency. That means integrating testing and review in every single step of the project. Developers and QA work together, hand-in-hand from the start of the project.
  • Visualize your work (and what to do if you feel overwhelmed with qa/test).
  • Limit your work in progress (and how to do that when your project doesn’t have enough testers).
  • Allow the team to focus on their work.
  • Start with yourself.
You can create your successful agile project, integrating Dev and Test from the very first day.

About the Speaker:

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see problems and resolve risks and manage their product development.  A popular keynote speaker, she is widely-recognized in and published books and articles for QA/testing, project management, and Agile communities. 

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month from September through June, at the offices of RSA, 174 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA 01730.

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