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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

The role of the agile coach in the 3rd wave of Agile

Bits & Chips published the first part of my new article on agile transformations. Analysing the various organizations I’ve worked with, I distinguish three separate waves, each with its own challenges and scope. Understand the three waves of agile enables … Continue reading

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Speaking at Agile Amsterdam

The 4th edition of Agile Amsterdam will be held in September 2020. The conference aims to nourish and cultivate the agile mindset. The conference program consists out of a warming-up evening, a full day of talks, workshops and open space … Continue reading

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Leading Quality – Review of the book by Ronald Cummings-John and Owais Peer

I recently obtained myself a copy of Leading Quality by Ronald Cummings-John and Owais Peer.  The black book cover contains five stars and a subtitle: “How great leaders deliver High Quality software and Accelerate Growth”.  Being extremely interested in agile … Continue reading

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Keynote at Tenesa fest Vienna

I am excited to announce that I will be keynote speaker at Tesena Fest Vienna on March 5th 2020. I’ll be talking about Built-in Quality, a topic that I am really enthusiastic about. I believe it is a topic that … Continue reading

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The Challenges Ahead- Keynote at the AgileTD 2019

This week Jan Jaap Cannegieter and I had the honour to present a keynote at the Agile Testing Days in Potsdam. In our keynote “The challenges ahead we discussed trends that we see around us and how these challenge us. … Continue reading

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EuroSTAR workshop: Planning and Testing your releases

The last year I became aware of a growing ‘flying shame’. Did you hear other people apologize that they take a flight or maybe you yourself searched for alternatives that are more environmentally friendly…. I used this setting for a … Continue reading

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Conference season

The conference season has definitely started, I realised as a was checking my schedule. Today I was, Uploading my slides for EuroSTAR Making slides Signing a speaker contract Reviewing proposals for the Agile Testing Days USA Preparing the hand-outs for … Continue reading

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The 24th Testing Retreat was Awesome

The Testing Retreat is an international peer conference that aims to discuss relevant test topics and inspire its participants. During this 24th edition we had 13 participants from the Netherlands, UK, Belgium, Poland, Denmark and even the USA. During normal … Continue reading

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New Job! A great opportunity that I love to embrace.

This week I started with Squerist. The last 9+ years I have worked at Valori and did many beautiful, interesting and fun things. Things that stand out among these are embedding the quality into development, setting up test strategies and … Continue reading

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The Relevance of Built in Quality

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 … Continue reading

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How to Incorporate Testing in a SAFe Development Process.

I stumbled on an interesting webinar by 321Gang.com on how to incorporate testing on the various levels in the SAFe framework. Wade Towles explains that Built-In quality is one of the Scaled Agile Framework’s (SAFe) four Core Values and a … Continue reading

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SIG on Quality in SAFe: Where should we put the quality responsibility?

Yesterday we had another of our Quality in SAFe meetings. The Special Interest Group is founded by TestNet and aims to define where quality and testing can be mounted into scaled agile organisations. Yesterday we had an interesting discussion on … Continue reading

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How do you unlock the power of Agile?

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 … Continue reading

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Full participation during the tutorial Test Management in Agile

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 … Continue reading

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State of Testing Report 2019

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 … Continue reading

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