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Creating a Culture of Quality in Scrum

Everyone wants to deliver quality work, from children in grade school to adults working all sorts of jobs because the results of our work is a reflection of ourselves. Unfortunately sometimes quality takes a back seat when time constraints or other factors come into play. How can we satisfy the drive to deliver quality when it feels like the deck is stacked against you?


The Scrum framework gives us a strong foundation to begin exploring the issue of quality when it comes to delivered products. Scrum is more than a just development process, it encompass the entire SDLC including testing. So how do we integrate a testing process within a Sprint? How do QA Subject Matter Experts integrate with a new or existing Scrum Team? Who owns the testing process?
During this meetup, open two-way dialogue is encouraged as we explore the above questions and how they impact all aspects of a company, from new development to maintaining existing products. We'll examine several examples of Testing/QA integration into Scrum and take away from them action plans that anyone can begin implementing at their own company. By the end of this session, participants will have a clear understanding of their role in driving and ensuring ongoing quality, the steps to start implementing these positive changes and how to communicate the value to skeptics.


Bio:
Eric Nusbaum provides Technical Leadership throughout the DFW Metroplex. He started his technical career fourteen years ago in software development working on projects for sports franchises and Fortune 500 companies. Over time, he decided to join the ranks of management in order to provide his style of leadership to build positive cultures based on fun, openness and trust.

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  • Eric P. N.

    Let's ruffle some feathers and tackle one of the toughest topics I feel that faces a lot of Agile/Scrum development teams! :)

    April 29, 2013

    • Ron H.

      Outstanding job Eric! You nailed this one. Besides dealing with the culture of quality, I think a couple of worthy topics might be: 1) Middle Management. 2) PMOs

      1 · May 23, 2013

    • Tim N.

      Please move PMOs to #1 :-)

      May 24, 2013

  • TTCrockeTT

    Eric is an awesome voice from our community. DFWScrum is an awesome gathering of our community.

    May 24, 2013

  • Rajalakshmi L.

    Great Presentation! Provides guidance to most of the underlying challenges in Agile Environment.

    May 23, 2013

  • Bryan E.

    A great presentation! I took away several things to try and it reaffirmed that I am headed in the right direction.

    May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Quality is designed in; not a test after the fact. Eric did a fine job of providing a context for designing quality into all of the roles. I especially appreciate the Agile Testing Quadrant model with a focus on Business, Product, Technology, and Team facing.

    May 22, 2013

  • Lance D.

    I hear Eric did a great job, so sorry I missed it, but I am sure he will be back at some point :-)

    May 22, 2013

  • Eric P. N.

    Forgot two more links about core concepts:

    http://stevenmsmith.com/ar-satir-change-model/ - Steven Smith's blog has a really great article talking about the Satir Change Process Model with a more in-depth look at the five stages.

    http://www.exampler.com/old-blog/2003/08/21/#agile-testing-project-1 -- Brian Marick's original (WAAAY BACK) post about the Four Quadrants of Agile Testing and his plan on how to approach them.

    May 22, 2013

  • Paul G.

    Fantastic presentation and presenter. I'm glad he used the word culture in the title because that's really what he was advocating: changing the culture around how we think about quality.

    May 22, 2013

  • Justice L.

    Liked the presenter's perspective from allowing the team to fail in order to inspect and adapt and continuously improve themselves as well as the product.

    May 22, 2013

  • Roger M.

    This has to be one of the best, if not the best DFW Scrum meetings I have attended. Eric did a great job presenting the "how" to improve quality and at the same time engaging the very large group in active discussions. I personally had several eye opening take-a-ways. Great job Eric!

    May 22, 2013

  • Eric P. N.

    Additionally, here are some great links that can give you even more in depth information when it comes to testing methodology in an agile team:

    http://www.satisfice.com - James Bach's site that really talks a lot about Exploratory Testing and how to approach it.

    http://kaner.com/?cat=8 - Cem Kaner literally wrote the book on software testing (or at least the best selling one of all time).

    http://weblogs.asp.net/rosherove/ - Roy Osherove's blog on MSDN with really great information on Unit Test Theory and Methodology.

    http://testobsessed.com/ - Elisabeth Hendrickson great author who has some fantastic blog posts about TDD and Agile Testing methodologies.

    Hope this helps get people jump started! :)

    May 21, 2013

  • Eric P. N.

    Hey Everyone! Thanks for braving the weather and coming out tonight, I really enjoyed the discussion we had as a group and hopefully we all left with something :)

    Here's a copy of the slide deck I used tonight for those interested.

    Cheers!

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/6t35wrf9heeu48b/Culture%20Of%20Quality.pdf

    May 21, 2013

  • Tim N.

    Loved it. Lookin forward to heading back to work and improve our testing.

    May 21, 2013

  • Rosalind

    Informative and entertaining.

    May 21, 2013

  • Scott M.

    Conflicting event arose that is not optional for me.

    May 20, 2013

  • John G.

    We need to have a topic on the need for quality and continual improvement brought on by the forced evolution of economic misadventures.

    May 20, 2013

  • Kayla W.

    Great topic!

    May 16, 2013

  • Brent B.

    Looking forward to it!

    May 15, 2013

  • Keri S.

    I enjoy all of the meetups but am really looking forward to this one! I wish these meetups were broadcast so my teams everywhere could watch.

    May 1, 2013

    • Rob W.

      See you there! You know if Mike is going too?

      May 9, 2013

  • Chris P.

    It's a bit far for me, but would love to attend. If you ever do a similar one closer to Mid-Cities or Fort Worth. I'm a lock to be there!

    May 6, 2013

  • Brian B.

    Justin and I will be attending from RealPage. We have Amy and Janalyn attending one of your Training classes during that time as well

    May 2, 2013

  • Umamahesh I.

    Thanks

    May 2, 2013

  • Rajalakshmi L.

    It is my first meeting. I am looking forward to attend this as the topic really interests me.

    May 1, 2013

  • Tony P.

    This is an awesome topic. I think this is an extremely challenging aspect of Scrum adoption. Pushing the larger organization toward quality is a key to success, and perhaps the hardest aspect to actually accomplish.

    April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope to make the most of it.

    April 29, 2013

  • Conrado M.

    Another interesting topic

    April 29, 2013

  • Rick S.

    Looking forward to another great presentation from OUR community

    April 29, 2013

  • Ray H.

    Should be an interesting meeting.

    April 29, 2013

  • Krishna Reddy J.

    I am interested to know setting up QA team for Agile practices

    April 29, 2013

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