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Balancing the Crusty and Old with the Shiny and New

Balancing the Crusty and Old with the Shiny and New

In his journeys, Bob Galen has discovered that testing takes on many forms. Some organizations have no automated tests and struggle to run massive manual regression tests within very short iterative releases. Other organizations are going “all in”―writing thousands of acceptance tests in Gherkin. The resulting imbalance in their testing approaches undermines an organization’s efficiency, effectiveness, and delivery nimbleness. Bob shares ideas to bring balance to testing. He explores the choices: manual vs. automated testing, designed and scripted test cases vs. exploratory tests, and thoroughly planned test projects vs. highly iterative reactive ones. Bob describes how to balance traditional test leadership with an iterative and whole team view to add value. And finally, he explores the balance of the gatekeeper vs. leading the collaboration with stakeholders to find the right requirements that solve their problems. Take away a strategic approach to structure your testing and a renewed understanding of how testing fits into a healthy and balanced culture.


About Bob Galen:

An agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach based in Cary, NC, Bob Galen helps guide companies in their adoption of Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. Bob is a principal agile evangelist at Velocity Partners, a leading agile nearshore development partner; president of RGCG; and frequent speaker on software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership at conferences and professional groups. He is a Certified Scrum Coach, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and an active member of the Agile and Scrum Alliances. In 2013 Bob published Scrum Product Ownership–Balancing Value from the Inside Out.


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  • Greg J.

    I too enjoyed the presentation, and always appreciate listening to Bob's perspective on ways to improve our teams and selves. Looking forward to next month's meeting!

    September 26, 2014

  • Marjie D.

    It was great that we were able to hear this presentation even before it went to StarWest. Bob is always an experienced and wonderful speaker.

    September 26, 2014

  • Cheryl K.

    For the folks asking for slides, I don't think we will be getting a copy. Sorry.

    September 26, 2014

  • Sue F.

    Entertaining and informative - great opportunity to hear Bob speak and assist with tweaking the conference presentation.

    September 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great and applicable. Enjoyed Bob's humor style.

    September 26, 2014

  • Devin B. H.

    Ugh. Going to miss.

    September 25, 2014

  • Andrew F.

    Wish I could also make it but, something came up for me as well I need to handle. I have the same question as Denise Odom. Will there be any videos or slides shared?

    September 25, 2014

  • Denise O.

    Wish I could make it. Will any videos or slides be shared?

    September 25, 2014

  • Linda

    Something has come up and I will not be able to attend tonight. So sorry - hope someone on the waitlist can attend. Good luck at StarWest Bob!!! I know you will do great!

    September 25, 2014

  • Cheryl K.

    Agenda for the 9/25 meeting is available on the Meetup site. (Under More > Files...)

    September 24, 2014

  • Bob G.

    Hi everyone, This is a dry-run of my upcoming StarWest Keynote I'm giving in October. While I think the content has value for all levels, please keep in mind that it's at a "keynote level". I'll be eager to gain your feedback. Thanks for helping!

    September 16, 2014

  • hemalpatel

    hi i like to take training in QA in raleigh area so please help me and if you any info please send me in my email id [masked]

    September 9, 2014

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