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Wednesday, August 7 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Agile Quality Assurance: The Long Ugly Tale of How We Got Better (Tommy Norman, Fahed Sider) FULL

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Come hear the tale of a company's trek to adopt Scrum and other Agile practices and how they turned a culture of just get it done to one that put quality first. Listen to the woeful beginnings where developers outnumbered quality engineers 7 to 1 and could never keep up during each Sprint. Cringe as you are immersed into a culture where code was king and testing was often scuttled or entirely left out. Despair with us while hearing the agonizing accounts of team ripped asunder by vast distances, bristling attitudes, and disparate values. Follow along with our small band of heroes as they strive to bring the true values of Agile, starting with localized successes while continuously pounding against the walls of inertia around the company's management. Feel the hope as their movement gains hold and their number of converts increases until at last the walls of muscle memory collapse and a new era of collaborative teams delivering release ready, quality code at the end of each Sprint.

In all seriousness, this session is an account of our struggle with Agile with a focus on Quality Assurance. Presented from various view points of a developer turned QA manager turned Agile coach and the QA lead who helped him bring about a cultural focus on Quality that was 3 years in the making. We'll discuss our many missteps, our techniques to bring everyone into the fold from engineering up to management, and how we put practices in place to sustain that culture.

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Tommy Norman

Vice President of Agile Operations, Acklen Avenue
Tommy Norman is Vice President of Agile Operations for Acklen Avenue where he ensures they develop software based on the principles and practices of Agile. For the past 20 years he has been helping companies create valuable solutions as a CSM, CSP, CEC, PSM 1, SAFe Agilist, and 8... Read More →
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Fahed Sider

Consulting Engineer, Software Quality
Fahed Sider is a Software Quality Consulting Engineer. He is an agilest and software tester that loves to learn new concepts. Recognized throughout his career as an expert technical leader and trainer with in-depth experience in agile testing using scrum methodology. He is passionate... Read More →

Wednesday August 7, 2013 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
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