Bob Galen is an agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach who helps to guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile practices. He is currently Principal Agile Evangelist at Velocity Partners. He is also President and Agile Coach & Trainer for RGCG, LLC. Bob has over 25 years of experience working in a wide variety of companies. He is a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. He is the author of several books including Scrum Product Ownership and Agile Reflections.

QUEST 2015 Conference and EXPO Sessions:

One-Day Class: Transitioning from Traditional to Agile Testing: Lessons from the Trenches

Monday, April 20: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

What is solid testing all about within agile teams? What traditional practices are fine to continue, which ones need modification, and what totally new approaches are necessary. Moving from traditional to agile testing is often a high-wire balancing act to some degree with little clear direction.

In this class, experienced Agile Coach Bob Galen will share with you the critical lessons from teams he’s observed who’ve successfully made the transition. We’ll explore the requisite team skills, how to deal with agile requirements, the right strategies for developing agile automation, how to plan and test within your agile team, effective agile test metrics, and aspects of quality for agile teams. The lessons will be shared via real stories from real agile teams who have crossed this chasm—so no hypotheticals here.

Bob will share the Three Pillars of Agile Testing model to help you define and refine your agile transformation strategies.  You will walk away from this class knowing how to begin your agile transformation, or, if you’re already mired in agility, how to raise the bar for increased and sustained performance.

Course Objectives

By attending this course, you will understand:

  • The keys in building or transitioning your teams towards agile.
  • The level of planning, execution, and reporting that is relevant for agile testing.
  • The keys to building and maintaining a multi-tiered agile automation approach.
  • The central changes of test leadership and management needed to support the transformation.
  • The importance and strategies for a quality focus instead of a testing focus.

Course Outline

This course takes a “Myth” vs. “Reality” format where we explore specific topic areas that are relevant to a transition towards agile testing practices and techniques. These topics comprise the “Mindset of the Agile Tester”.

  • Transforming your Team
  • Automation & Developers
  • Test Planning & Scripts
  • Testing within the Sprint
  • Exploratory Testing
  • Role of Testers
  • Developer to Tester Workflow
  • Managing Agile Testers
  • Test Metrics
  • Retrospectives
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Agile Requirements, Backlogs, and the Customer

The final wrap-up is a deep dive into the 3-pillars framework for establishing a solid and balanced approach for transitioning to agile quality and testing.

Workshop: The Three Pillars Approach to Agile Testing Strategy

Wednesday, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The 3 Pillars framework facilitates effective agile transformation and establishes an agile quality/testing strategy that is balanced across various activities and tactics. Far too often agile adoptions focus just on the development teams, agile frameworks, or technical practices as a part of their adoption strategies without considering the quality and testing issues. Risk-based testing, exploratory testing, paired collaboration around agile requirements, agile test design, and TDD-BDD-Functional testing automation are explored as tactics within a balanced Three Pillars framework.

Join experienced agile coach Bob Galen as he shares the Three Pillars focus on development and test automation, testing practices, and collaboration activities. Discover how to create a more balanced approach for adopting agile testing strategies across your organization Learn tactics to support an effective and balanced agile testing strategy via Case Studies and stories.  Finish with the tools to immediately initiate or re-tool a much more effective and balanced agile testing strategy.