Overcoming challenges and keeping relevant
Daryl SearleDelivery Director & Agile SME
Sogeti 2006-2010, and again since May 2013
UK Agile Subject Matter Expert (SME)
Over 15 years of software testing experience 6+ years experience delivering agile projects in
the finance sector.
Email email@example.com Phone 07850648026 Twitter - @obofdis
Suggested Discussion Topics
There isnt enough documentation in Agile
How can we incorporate regression testing into a sprint?
Changing role of testing, do we need testers?
Outsourcing & Global distribution, what are the costs & benefits?
How can retrospectives help us improve?
In theory agile is great, in practice all projects end in a death march!
How can we feed change requests and support issues into our sprint?
World Quality Report - agile
I think that a lot of the issue with agile and/or Scrum is the fact people are unsure of how best to approach it. People have run many waterfall projects so they understand the needs and when to perform testing. Scrum is more difficult
The most significant challenge is in the fact that there isn't an adequate testing approach that fits the agile development environment. We are trying to use traditional methods of testing designed for waterfall development
Agile growing in acceptance, still to fully mature:
Main challenges remain largely unchanged.
The number of UK respondents who state that their organisations use agile methods rose from 87% in 2013 to 93% in 2014.
Although a number of obstacles persist, one in five (20%) UK research participants report that they have no real challenges in testing agile compared to 14% worldwide, suggesting growing levels of maturity in applying testing processes in the context of agile development in the UK.
Top Global challenges in agile testing:
64% of research participants identified lack of good testing approach that fits with their agile development method as the main obstacle to agile testing success (up from 61% last year)
55% reported having difficulties with applying test automation to agile projects (down from 56%)
Difficulty in identifying the right areas of focus: 49% down from 51%
Lack of the right test tools to create reusable test sets: 39% down from 42%
Lack of professional test expertise in agile teams: 36% up from 35%
Difficulty in reusing and repeating tests across sprints: 35% (no change)
No real difficulties: 13% down from 14%
Main drivers for adopting agile principles
Though there may be others, the most popular reasons for companies
adopting agile are:
Decreased time to market,
attempting to gain competitive
Delivering products to protect or
enhance brand recognition /
Delivering to budget, reducing
costs through efficiency.
Why does agile fail?
What agile isn't
Do project stakeholders / sponsors understand the commitment required?
Are the team empowered?
Does the business have one voice?
Investment is required; its not just monetary, its people
Understanding the project roadmap
Importance of Product Owner commitment
Importance of having a roadmap with feature groups defined, to offer options to react to market conditions.
Importance of understanding the dependencies of release
Example of 2008 market crash
Keep the release train moving
Gain competitive advantage
Where does testing fit in?
Full and active part in game planning, promoting collaboration and questioning acceptance with the what if? statement
Does the role of the tester have to change?
Id see it as more of an expansion of role
Can offshore play a part?
The continued role of the tester, retrospectives and change
Implementing constant improvements
Learning from experience
Retrospective actions and improvements
Staying ahead of the trends, asset re-use and the multi-channel experience
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The sum of all parts..
Raising awareness with stakeholders with respect to investment in money and people
Reducing cost and time through innovating multi-purposed frameworks
Raising quality, through utilising domain experts on and offshore
Sustaining revenue growth, through predictability, flexibility and managing risk
Contact me - @obofdis
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