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.