Competence Is About Sharing

I recently joined a core team that was asked to improve development and testing within a large organization. At first we did not know how to make it successful, predecessors failed despite good intentions.

We struggled against  the way deployments were done in the past: perceived as dictated without looking at the individual needs (brute force mentality). A Key part of our resolution was a network of local champions: they made us better aware of the individual needs and strengths. We finally received the input to tune the approach, catering to local variability. The core team now collects and shares knowledge across teams and integrates proven practices into the overall approach.

Essential for our success: common understanding of our goal – less issues at the customer; local champions with a clear mandate and time to support their co-workers; a hands-on workshop where engineers bring their own material; a support team that improves environments and frameworks; management commitment by continuously sharing good results and explaining that in this day and age, it’s unacceptable to deliver without proper quality.

I will share the trials, mistakes and good discussions that are leading to a successful approach for deliveries of better software.

  • Speaker

  • Ruud Teunissen - Test Architect, Polteq Test Services BV, The Netherlands

    Ruud is passionate about testing. Throughout his career he played almost any possible role in testing (tester, test manager, test trainer, coach, sales, manager, test consultant, …) in a variety of environments and at several companies. Ruud is coauthor of several books on structured testing, including Software Testing: A Guide to the TMap® Approach – the foundation of the TMap Next and TMap HD approach. He was Programme Chair of EuroSTR in 2015. Currently he is test architect at Polteq Test Services BV; he focuses on (test) improvement, test management, test automation, testing, … in any context.