Full Day Class: Leading Agile Testers: Successfully Making the Leap

There’s a terrible error being made today across many agile organizations. They’re assuming there is no place for test management and leadership in agile, self-directed team contexts. We beg to differ with this view and believe there is a strong need for testing leadership in agile organizations, just not the way we’ve always approached it.

In this class, join agile coach and trainer Bob Galen as we explore what excellent test team leadership look like in agile contexts. First we’ll explore the aspects of self-direction teams and the implications to your previous leadership styles.  Next we’ll look under the covers of Scrum and see where you should be engaging, and importantly, where you should give the team space. Then we’ll cover agile tools, planning & iterative execution, metrics, and reporting so that you have a solid sense for day-to-day agile operational excellence.

Next we share a well-rounded set of critical leadership patterns that to help guide your personal transition to an agile mindset.  And finally, we’ll use out 3-Pillars framework as a baseline for assessing and continuously improving your quality.

Learning Objectives:

  • A quick, intense view of how it “feels” to be in an agile team
  • How leadership and “leading” is different in agile contexts and how to transition your style
  • Explore a gamut of critical and useful test leadership patterns
  • Review “Traditional” vs. the shift to more Agile-centric metrics
  • Introduce the 3-Pillars model for guiding agile quality and testing transformations
  • Explore intricacies of agile testing at scale and within distributed teams

Class Outline:

  • Play the Pizza Game – Entry / Start-Up Strategy
    • Debrief, what were the key aspects of a self-directed, x-functional team?
    • Bring that around to leading agile team testers – what does it “look like”?
  • Scrum Quick Overview
    • Workshop: define leadership “engagement points”
    • Explore the how-to of engagement; emphasize influencing from “around” the team.
    • 5 ceremonies, 3 artifacts, 3 roles; interactions
    • ScrummerFall; ScrumButt
  • Providing Team Guidance
    • Agile Manifesto – principle-based coaching
    • Definition of Done; definition of Ready
    • Acceptance criteria
    • Testing practices: plans, documentation, test cases, tools, standards, etc.
  • Test Leadership “Patterns”
    • Mission & vision
    • Roadmaps & strategy
    • Test automation pyramid; emphasis on unit-level tests
    • Ask, don’t tell; leading by collaborating
    • Servant leadership
    • 3 Amigos within team; leadership team
    • Quality Champion / Agile Coach (walking the talk – behaviors)
    • Reflection / Retrospective; continuous improvement
    • Tester as a profession or can “anyone” test?
    • T-Shaped, soft skills vs. hard skills
    • POWER of the 1:1
    • 5 dysfunctions and other “models”
    • Partnering with the Product Owner
    • Impediments: organization, team, testing
  • Workshop/Breakout
    • Leverage Scrum Mastery coaching scenarios for some Coaching Dojo-style practices sessions.
  • Agile Metrics
    • Traditional vs. Agile: no longer “test-centric” metrics
    • Aggregated
    • Information radiators
    • All levels need to change: team, management, leadership, PMO, etc.
  • 3-Pillars Overview
    • Emphasis on the assessment tool as a means of guiding / coaching improvement
  • Agile Testing @Scale and Distributed Agile
    • Examine different teaming models for @Scale agile, focus on SAFe
    • Guidance around effectively operating within distributed agile teams
    • Generalize both discussions with agile basics

Note: all attendees will receive a copy of Bob’s book: The Three Pillars of Agile quality & Testing: Achieving Balanced Results in Your Journey Towards Agile Quality.

Location: Date: April 3, 2017 Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Bob Galen