Agile + DevOps West 2019 Concurrent Session : Who Owns Quality in Agile?

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Who Owns Quality in Agile?

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What do you mean, who owns quality? The quality assurance team, of course—the kings and queens of quality, the masters of the tests, the lords of the sign-off. People often used to look down on quality assurance as less technical, the last to get their hands on the code, and the first to be blamed when things go wrong, but of course, agile adoption has changed the industry. These days we have cross-functional teams and develop test automation. But we also do "Scrummerfall" and have hardening sprints and stressful deadlines. Despite all of that planning, testing still often comes as an afterthought. We talk about teamwork, but generally, we see developers and testers as two different breeds. Join Katy Sherman in an exploration of quality as we try to imagine the future of our industry. What kinds of engineers will populate our teams, what skills will they have, and, most important of all, who will own quality?

Katy Sherman
Premier Inc.

Katy Sherman is director of software engineering at Premier Inc. She worked in several different agile environments with several companies, first as a developer and later as a manager. She has seen agile working and knows its benefits, but she has also seen its failures, things that did not work, and people who became angry and frustrated. She enjoys reading and talking about agile and writes an agile blog on LinkedIn. She is happy to share her experience and her thoughts on agile adoption from the standpoint of the engineering organization.