Optimising Agile Testing to your Context

Tutorial G     Start Time : 09:00     End Time : 17:30

Talk Abstract:

There are a myriad of methods/frameworks and practices in use today in the agile/lean world. These include

  • Scrum
  • Extreme Programming
  • Lean & Kanban
  • DevOps

In addition, there are frameworks to help manage agile at scale such as Scrum of Scrums, Nexus and SAFe.

Many organisations are using more than one of these, for example Scrum with Kanban combined with DevOps. Hybridization can be useful. However, we are at risk of ineffective behaviours when the hybrid is poorly, inappropriately or partially implemented. Of particular concern is the test approach used by organisations and their teams in these situations. How can testing fit with conflicting demands of a hybrid?

This tutorial will shed light on the key elements of the main methods/frameworks with a particular emphasis on the quality and test related aspects. It will then cover common pitfalls and challenges encountered in their implementation and when used in combination with each other.  A key focus will be how to tailor your test approach to your context to achieve success and how you as a tester can maximise your contribution to deliver value. Examples include

  • Common Scrum issues impacting quality and test
  • How focusing on value flow in Lean/Kanban impacts test approach
  • Testing in a DevOps environment and how this is affected by Scrum and Kanban
  • Examples of test approach variations for the scenarios outlined above
  • Integrating testing into the development lifecycle
  • Defect prevention
  • Risk-based testing in agile
  • Testing at scale


Fran provides practical insights and concrete solutions from his real-world experiences of numerous organisations. Team exercises will be used to elicit participant experiences/stories and the challenges being experienced. These directly address practical challenges, and help you plan and improve your agile implementation. Workshop teams will feed back their key discussion points to enhance group understanding, leaving you prepared for the variety of issues you may face in practice when you return to work.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Understanding the key elements and practices with the most commonly used methods and frameworks in agile
  2. Developing insights into implementation challenges impacting quality and test when these are used individually or in combination with each other
  3. Developing suggested solutions to the real world issues being encountered by you and other participants

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      Fran O'Hara - Director/Principal Consultant/coach , Inspire Quality Services, Ireland

      Fran’s worked in the software industry for over 30 years. He’s worked in development, test, management and now quality/agile consulting. He specializes in pragmatic approaches to lean/agile, quality/testing, and associated practices. For the last 10 years, a key element of his work has been providing agile/lean coaching, training and advisory support to organisations transitioning to Agile/Lean with a particular emphasis on agile testing.

      Fran is a co-organiser of Agile Tour Ireland and a co-founder of the Irish SIG in Software Testing – SoftTest. His tutorial, ‘Metamorphosis – Moving to Agile and Staying Agile’, was voted best tutorial at EuroSTAR 2016 in Stockholm.

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