Michael Murphy, Professional Quality Assurance, Ltd.

Michael Murphy is an IT jack-of-all-trades who has worked in several challenging, fast-paced, and time-sensitive environments where his thoroughness and keen attention to detail were crucial to success. He has worked with large teams to develop their communications skills and coded websites for small businesses. It is as a software tester, though, that he feels most at home. His positive attitude and energy is an inspiration to everyone he works with and contributes to an atmosphere of trust and team spirit. After having explored software testing communities from the Canadian Maritimes to Sweden, Michael has joined PQA, Ltd. as a tester at their Vancouver, BC delivery center.

QUEST 2014 Conference and EXPO Sessions:

Presentation: Myth Busters Testing Edition: Can Distributed Agile Teams be Successful?

Wednesday, April 9: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The agile manifesto values individuals and interactions over processes and tools, but how do we build strong relationships within teams that are not collocated – is it even possible? Can a distributed agile team be successful, or is failure inevitable? In this presentation, Heidi and Michael will share their experience working as testers on a distributed agile team and explain how they made it successful. Regardless of project methodology, communication is the key, and it has never been more important than in the case of distributed teams. Not being able to casually stroll over to a colleague’s desk requires a different set of tactics though. Join Heidi and Michael for a walk-through of what they see as the key points in making a distributed agile team successful, covering everything from team building tips to communication tools. Learn to create trust and team spirit, adopt flexibility without losing structure and how to get the most out of some valuable communication tools.