There is still need for test management in Agile but it is done differently

Jeffery Payne wrote a nice blog on agile test management. In this blog he states that agile opens up a lot of career opportunities as the test manager roles becomes more strategic in agile context.

“Unfortunately, many test managers try to keep their role the same. They attend every agile ceremony, insist their teams still attend a weekly status meeting and (…) want the authority to swap team members in and out of projects. (…) Time is very valuable when working in small increments, so any time spent providing status beyond the daily standup is a waste—as is time spent by test managers in sprint ceremonies. Still, there is a role for test managers in agile, and it’s much more strategic than it was before…”

Managers could focus on:

  • growing the capabilities and skills of their staff.
  • ensuring that agile teams have effective testing staff
  • starting and running a testing center of excellence (CoE).
  • Advocating the importance of testing  to senior management .

If you want to read more on the role of test management in agile context, read the full blog by Jeffery: The Role of the Test Manager in Agile

Additionally I selected some of the work I have done on this topic, You can:

About derkjandegrood

Derk-Jan de Grood, works for Squerist as senior test consultant and agile advisor. As Trainer, Consultant and Agile Coach, he is involved with improvements, operational test management and agile implementations. He is a well known name in the international testing community and participates in the organization of various test events. He is an enthusiastic keynote speaker at many national and international conferences. With his presentations he likes to inspire people and help the community to improve the test profession. He regularly publishes articles and Columns for leading magazines and is an experienced trainer and workshop/ serious game facilitator. The training sessions vary from the standard introduction into Agile and Software Testing to custom made workshops that tune in on specific needs of the client. Derk-Jan is the author of several successful books including TestGoal, Grip on IT and the Dutch Testers association’s jubilee book on future trends in testing. In 2016 he published “Agile in the Real World”, a book on SCRUM. Derk-Jan won several awards including the prestigious European Testing Excellence Award in 2014
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