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.
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
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
Providing Team Guidance
Agile Manifesto – principle-based coaching
Definition of Done; definition of Ready
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
3 Amigos within team; leadership team
Quality Champion / Agile Coach (walking the talk – behaviors)