Providing Value to Agile Ceremonies as a Tester | Melissa Tondi

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After many years focusing on companies' implementation of Agile I've observed similarities far and wide. Many times, we assume there is a "one-size-fits-all" approach with Agile, but the reality is that each company has its own customs and culture that should be considered when implementing Agile for the first time, or when taking the journey towards continuous improvement. Once companies adopt the "Agile Way" there is little effort made to re-visit the original implementation and ensure it's making the right difference within the organization.

This Masterclass is designed to talk about the agile ceremonies we tend to focus on, show where their long-standing use may result in the wrong outcome, and then recommend ways to fix those tendencies.

In this session, we will talk about the following five areas that may be causing challenges in your overall approach, with the outcome of practical solutions that can be implemented quickly.

  • Demos - avoid the "one and done" effect
  • Not defining "Done" at the team level
  • How to get out of the Standup rut
  • Dealing with injections
  • How to check the health of the sprint real-time

Melissa Tondi
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Melissa Tondi has spent most of her career working within software testing teams. She is the founder of Denver Mobile and Quality (DMAQ), board member of Software Quality Association of Denver (SQuAD), and Director of Quality Engineering at Disrupt Testing, where she assists teams to continuously improve the pursuit of quality software—from design to delivery and everything in between. In her software test and quality engineering careers, Melissa has focused on building and organizing teams around three major tenets—efficiency, innovation, and culture – and has created the Greatest Common Denominator (GCD) approach for determining ways in which team members can assess, implement and report on day to day activities so the gap between need and value is as small as possible.