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Wednesday, August 14 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Coaching Your Team to Test

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As the sole tester on a team that’s moving towards continuous delivery and building a DevOps culture, how can your team release frequently, and with confidence?
Within my Agile team, the testing activity had become the bottleneck. The testing ‘To Do’ cards on the team’s Kanban board were piling up. As the sole test specialist within my team I felt as if I was preventing us from being able to deploy code to our live environment. Frustrated, we got together as a team to discuss how we could fix this problem.
Our solution? We decided to share my exploratory and automated testing knowledge with the team. My role as the test specialist evolved into a coaching role, which made me feel both excited and nervous. We found ways to test throughout the development process. We learned to design test plans and discuss technical challenges together. We collaborated on the testing effort.
In this talk I’m going to share how my team removed the testing bottleneck, built in quality to our product and started to become true cross-functional team members by increasing collaboration. If you face similar challenges with your own team, you can try similar experiments.

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Ali Hill

Continuous Delivery Consultant, ECS Digital
Ali is a Continuous Delivery Consultant currently working for digital transformation consultancy ECS. He began his career as a software tester and went on to spend five years in various software testing roles. Passionate about quality, he has always focused on how to improve his teams... Read More →

Wednesday August 14, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT
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