How to Build a Virtual Office

T1     Start Time : 15:00     End Time : 15:45

Efficient collaboration and communication between testers and developers is essential for success of any project but due to the fact that testers and developers take contrarian approach to their work reaching consensus between them might be challenging. Putting developers and testers hundreds or thousands kilometers away from each other makes their cooperation even more difficult. When on top of the geographical distance we add cultural and time zone differences effective teamwork might seem just impossible.

Unfortunately very few people in corporate world are aware that open source projects developed tools and ways of working that enable successful cooperation of geographically distributed teams and even fewer know how to apply this knowledge in commercial environment.
The goal of this session is to make participants aware which of the open sources practices are beneficial for software testing. Information presented in this session is based on my personal experience that I build over the years in when contributing as a tester to geographically distributed open source and commercial projects.

The following topics are covered in this session:

  • Overview of open source practices beneficial for commercial companies
  • The culture of open source communities
  • Ways of working of open source communities
  • Infrastructure used by open source communities
  • Characteristics of open source tester
  • How to combine software testing in agile projects with open source ways of working
  • The cultural changes required to successfully adapt open source ways of working in commercial environment
  • Where are the pitfalls of this approach
  • How to introduce it in your organization
  • The benefits achieved

The three biggest takeaways from this talk are:

  • Geographical distances and cultural differences shall not be an obstacle for communication and collaboration testers and developers even for agile projects.
  • Open source infrastructure and ways of working are beneficial for cooperation and collaboration between testers and developers.
  • Addressing cultural aspects of communication and collaboration between testers and developers is equally important as processes and infrastructure.
  • Speaker

  • Andrzej Lisowski - , ASML, Netherlands

    Andrzej Lisowski is Principal Test Architect at ASML – a company which is a market leader in lithography systems for semiconductors industry. Until August 2013 he worked for many years as Senior Specialist for Integration and Verification at Ericsson.

    During his professional career he held various positions covering complete product development lifecycle starting from software development, through test up to deployment at the customer site. His main focus area is software testing for demanding environments.