Wednesday 7th October, 2015
3:10pm to 3:40pm
In the past, many development projects had a schedule spanning years. As more companies adopt agile practices, timelines have shortened for many projects. In some areas and industries, projects may be completed in a few months, a few weeks, or even days!
As a practitioner, I blindly leapt into the deep end of the short project pool in 2011. For the last several years, juggling priorities across multiple short projects has become the new normal for our team. Many automation tools take longer than the entire project to learn to use and set up at a minimal level. Some agile sprints last 3 weeks, but when you have a 6 week project, that starting point is of little use. The lessons learned from testing at Adobe for a decade became habits to unlearn father than helpful experience.
What would you do if instead of an agile project, you are dealing with many short overlapping projects? Agile principles are still useful, but there are a few guiding truths beyond the Agile Manifesto that can help you stay productive and sane when working on more than one project at a time.
Software tester, writer, presenter.
Lanette Creamer likes software quality even more than Diet Coke and cats. After working for a decade at Adobe on InDesign and then the Creative Suite, she jumped into independent consulting. Since 2011, has worked on software for the grocery division of a large Seattle coffee purveyor, coached agile testing techniques at a large medical data company, started testing as a discipline from the ground up at a company with a twenty year history that included developer and user tests exclusively. She most recently worked on a new content management for a large US based television and radio broadcasting corporation. Lanette believes collaboration between skilled and experienced professionals is a powerful solution when facing complex technical challenges. When presenting, central themes are making quality more transparent and working joyfully across disciplines on lean/agile teams.
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