With Valori we published a new eBook in the series on Digital transformation.
This publication is a follow up on the trend report that was released earlier this year. In this previous ebook we described disruptive trends and explained why organisations need to become adaptive. In this second edition we focus on the development practises that companies embrace to do so. In the first part we describe how Agile, DevOps, CI/CD and Scaling contribute to business agility. I believe it is a nice introduction for managers, stakeholders and professionals that are not entirely familiar with these development practises.
The second part of the eBook deals with Built in Quality. We state that the concept of creating fast feedback loops crumbles when you cannot release frequently. Without confidence in system quality, we cannot make quick adjustments and receive no feedback on the impact of implemented improvements. Built in Quality provides the confidence in the quality of the systems so that we dare to change them frequently and take them into production. In the eBook we introduce the built in quality circle. It provides an overview of the steps in the development cycle and where errors can be prevented.
I am proud of my contribution to this eBook and hope you find it useful. You can download your free copy of Hoe word je wendbaar als organisatie? – Het belang van built in quality from the Valori site.
Posted in Agile, Books, Built-In quality, DevOps, Scaling Agile, SCRUM
Tagged AGILE, built in quality circle, Built-In quality, Business Agility, CI / CD, DevOps, Digital transformation, ebook, free download, SAFe 4.6
10 October the Agile Consortium will organise their annual conference in Doorn (the Netherlands). The theme of the conference is: Unleash! Balancing structure and Autonomy.
About the theme: Many organisations struggle with transforming into a flexible organisation. Some organisations have completely or partially reversed their Agile transformation and ask: Does the transformation to an agile organisation actually have the intended effects? The answer to this question can be confronting …On the other hand, we know of organisations where the transformation to an agile organisation is a success. Organizations where motivated employees and teams deliver the right value to a satisfied customer every day. How have these organisations succeeded? How do you unlock the power of Agile? This is the central question this year that the Agile Consortium’s annual congress wants to answer.
It promises to be a day full of interesting presentation and workshops. Mark 10 October in your calendar, and check the program. As the program is being made the website is updated in short iterations. Check out the preliminary program on the conference website.
On the 25 of May Jan Jaap Cannegieter (Squerist) and I hosted the Tutorial Test Management in Agile on the Agile Testing Days USA. It proved to be an interesting topic, with 40 people in the room it was the best visited tutorial of the conference.
During a full day we discussed the needs for agile test strategies and what role the test manager can take. During the day we collected and prioritized the activities that test managers do and compared them the needs of the stakeholders.
During our hands-on exercises the participants worked in small groups on single-team one-page test plans. We learned how to incorporate non-functional tests and how present the strategy in a visual way using a simple graphic of mind-map. Since we did this tutorial in Copenhagen last month, the quality in a scaled agile setting has become a valued topic on the agenda. So, we discussed how quality can be embedded in a multiple team setting.
In the last hour of the day, we looked at different roles that a test manager can take. We examined the benefits and activities for each role and shared our insights.
We were very pleased with the enthusiastic participation and the high level of discussions we had. We loved the feedback we got on the feedback form (nines and tens) and during the rest of the conference. Many come towards us to share how they valued the session.
See below an impression of the day:
If you are interested in our tutorial, feel free to contact me, of visit the Agile Testing Days in Potsdam later this year. We will host the training there as well.
The annual state of testing report is based on the contribution of about 1000 participants from 80 countries. They filled in the survey earlier this year and thus sharing how they perceived their work and the testing profession.
PractiTest and TeaTimeWithTesters are happy to present the report. It’s the 6th edition already. It brings you a lot of data and numbers, and also clarifies trends that are relevant to everyone seeking a future in the QA world.
- Have a look at page 13, and see how CI/CD is getting more adopted.
- See how the number of testers that don’t do automation goes down,
- or look for the team challenges on page 25.
- Check how people expect their career to evolve on page 31
Just a few of the highlights, Download it now and discover:
State of Testing Survey 2019
This weekend Innspire and Fincalabs host the Agile Coaching Summit – Digital Innovation Camp on the beatiful island of Ibiza. I was thrilled to participate and did the Valori DevOpsImprovement game. We had great fun playing it and had a fruitfull debate afterwards.
Wednesday the Dutch Test Association is hosting its spring-conference in the NBC. We have a full day ahead of us filled with interesting talks and workshops on testing and quality. From Valori we contribute with two sessions
In the morning we start with a tutorial called “Common sense or Agile Excellence?”. During this workshop Duco Geels, Feline Hermans and I will explore test strategies in a real life experiment: Agile Evangelists and purist have a very clear picture of how agile development should go. Opposite the purists is a group of pragmatic test professionals. They do not see agile as the ultimate goal and do not approach the problems from the theory, but from their gut feeling or common sense. Sometimes these groups face each other. This is also the case during this session, where we will learn the differences and similarities between both approaches.
In the evening, Linda Dekker, Gerhard Kruiger, Roy Vennik, Jurgen Woen Tjoen Soen and Eric van der Mark will host a session on how testing can be kept out of the crumple zone. If the planning supports testing, the project is helped because feedback is given early, the quality improves and early insight is gained on risks and the effectiveness of the
test approach. It is therefore only logical that testers interfere with the planning of development such that they can start testing as quickly as possible. But is this in daily live the case…. often it is not….!
See more details about the event on the testnet site.
Posted in Agile, Testing, testnet
Tagged Agile Excellence?, agile planning, crumple zone, Duco Geels, Eric van der Mark, Feline Hermans, Gerhard Kruiger, Jurgen Woen Tjoen Soen, Linda Dekker, Roy Vennik
The Eurostar Huddle is going on tour! This month is will show up in Copenhagen, where it will pop up at TestExpo on May 23rd! Jan Jaap and I will be hosting a tutorial on Test Management in Agile there and a session on test automation.
But together with the #eurostarconf crew and Isabel Evans will sit down for a relaxed and informal couch session during the break. Hope you drop by and to say hi!
DevOps teams have to balance their work between three types of tasks. Development, Operational tasks and Improvements. Many DevOps teams (and that includes the PO) are struggling with balancing between the three types of work. Often Ops work uses up much of the time reducing the adaptivity of the business, while other teams focus heavily on new features and create too much technical debt.
To get a feel about this challenge we created a serious game, called the DevOpsImprovement Game. In this game teams experience how to have a maximum of business value in a sustainable way without ignoring operational responsibilities.
I have posted some impressions of the game before, but I proudly present DevOpsImprovement- The Video.
Thanks Jana, Philip, Karlijn and Thomas for sharing your impression of the game
The line-up of keynote speakers for the Agile Testing Days in Potsdam gave been announced. The grin on my face in the picture above is sincere; I am really happy to give a keynote.
Jan Jaap looks happy as well. We are combining forces to make it a story worthwhile. More details will follow in time due.
Proud to present the first edition of three eBooks on the Digital Transformation: Title “Why your organization will not survive the next 5 years, and how to avoid that.” In this first eBook I describe trends that force organizations to adapt their business model and invest in a flexible and adaptive development process. In this eBook I give some examples of disruptive changes and explain how this could impact organizations like yours….
You can download the eBook for free (if you leave behind a few details) on the Valori Website. Currently the publication is in Dutch, I am sorry for that.
This first edition will be followed by two more eBooks….we are currently working on the 2nd edition that will describe what organizations do to become adaptive. To be Continued…
Together with Rene Ceelen I published an article in the AG Connect. Rene Ceelen is researcher on the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen op de faculteit Institute for Computing and Information Sciences. He also runs TestMonitor, a consultancy company on ERP Testmanagement.
For this article we sat together and discussed the value of the User Acceptance Test (UAT) and defined some tips to empower the user to do great tests. We also discussed ways to improve the value of the UAT. It can be so much more than just some users playing around with the system.
We wrote the article in dutch, but if we get enough requests we’ll translate it to English. You can read it here: Gebruikers acceptatie testen blijven belangrijk.