STAREAST 2019 Tutorial: Agile Test Team Leadership: From Concept to Product

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Agile Test Team Leadership: From Concept to Product

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Today, many agile organizations are making a terrible error. They are assuming there is no place for test management and leadership in agile, self-directed team contexts. Mary Thorn and Bob Galen beg to differ with this view and believe a strong need exists for testing leadership in agile organizations—just different from the way we’ve typically approached it. Join Mary and Bob as they explore what excellent test team leadership looks like in agile contexts. Explore the aspects of self-directed teams and the implications to your previous leadership styles. Look under the covers of Scrum and see where you should be engaging and, as importantly, where you should be giving the team space. Mary and Bob cover agile tools, planning, iterative execution, metrics, and reporting so you have a solid sense for day-to-day agile operational excellence. They share a well-rounded set of critical leadership patterns to help guide your personal transition to an agile mindset. And finally, they describe the Three Pillars framework as a baseline for assessing and continuously improving product quality.

Bob Galen

Bob Galen is an agile practitioner, trainer & coach based in Cary, NC. In this role, he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. He is a Principal Agile Coach at Vaco Agile, a leading business agility transformation company. He is also President and Head Coach at RGCG a boutique agile coaching firm. Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified Enterprise Coach (CEC), CAL I trainer, and an active member of the Agile & Scrum Alliances. He’s published three agile-centric books: Three Pillars of Agile Quality and Testing in 2012, Scrum Product Ownership, 3rd Edition in 2019, and Agile Reflections in 2012. He’s also a prolific writer, blogger, and podcasterBob may be reached directly at [email protected] or networking via LinkedIn


Chief storyteller of the book The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality, Mary Thorn is owner of Mary Thorn Consulting in Raleigh, NC. During her more than twenty years of experience with healthcare, financial, and HR SaaS-based products, Mary has held director, manager- and contributor-level positions in software development organizations. A seasoned leader and coach in agile and testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience building and leading teams through large scale agile transformations. Mary’s special expertise is a combination of testing, DevOps, and agile scaling skills that her clients find incredibly valuable. She is also a frequent speaker, teacher and author. You can connect with Mary via LinkedIn.