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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

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. We beg to differ with this view and believe a strong need exists for testing leadership in agile organizations—just not the way we’ve typically approached it. Join Mary Thorn and Bob Galen 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 give 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 3-Pillars framework as a baseline for assessing and continuously improving your quality.

Bob Galen
Zenergy Technologies

An agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach, Bob Galen ([email protected]) helps guide companies in their adoption of Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. Bob is director, agile practices at Zenergy Technologies; president of RGCG; and frequent speaker on software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified Scrum Coach, Certified Scrum Product Owner, and an active member of the Agile and Scrum Alliances. Bob published The Three Pillars of Agile Quality and Testing in 2015.



Chief Storyteller of The Three Pillars of Agile Testing and Quality, Mary Thorn is Director of Agile Practices at Ipreo in Raleigh, NC. Mary has a broad testing background that spans automation, data warehouses, and web-based systems in a wide variety of technologies and testing techniques. During her more than nineteen years of experience in healthcare, HR, financial, and SaaS-based products, Mary has held manager- and contributor-level positions in software development organizations. A strong leader in agile testing methodologies, Mary has direct experience leading teams through agile adoption and beyond.