The 22nd Testing Retreat was awesome !

This weekend I spent my time in Hereford (UK), where 12 testers gathered  to share experiences and war stories, to benchmark opinions and discus trends in the testing Profession.  The Testing Retreat is a peer conference that aims to discuss relevant test topics and inspire its participants. During normal conferences there is mostly little time to have the in-dept sessions of the kind that the retreat hosts. Some of this year’s agenda topics were:

  • Quality embedded in SAFe
  • The role of the Chief Quality Officer (CQO)
  • Agile Testing Quick wins
  • DevOps
  • CI/CD
  • Robot testing
  • Exploratory testing.

But we discussed a lot of non-agenda topics during the breaks, dinner and time-of moments.

Of all the topics, I liked the “Quality embedded in SAFe” best. We took big piece of the day to discuss the SAFe framework and identified measures that we can take to improve the quality and discussed how current testers can contribute to quality (awareness) in scaled agile environments. We did a brainstorm by sticking post-its on a big SAFe poster and discussing what it would mean for the people involved.

We concluded that there are many hooks and events where quality is a relevant topic. Testers and Test managers will engage new territory and probably have to learn new skills. But we concluded we can help the current roles in the framework to become more quality focused as well. Some follow up is needed on this topic, since it relevant and t0o big to cover in a single session

It was a very nice, inspiring weekend, that I trust enables participant to improve their value as test professional and to see developments in right perspective. I am already looking forward for next year’s edition.

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