November 10 – 12, 2020

Online Edition!

Turning the Quality of Your Pipeline into a Team Task

Areti Panou

Address the situation where “everybody is responsible for quality” turns into “nobody is responsible for quality”

Identify simple techniques to distribute quality responsibilities within the team

Establish a transparent process to keep the test steps of your deployment pipeline in a pristine state

EUROPE'S GREATEST AGILE SOFTWARE TESTING FESTIVAL!

Turning the Quality of Your Pipeline into a Team Task

The statement “everybody in an Agile team should be responsible for Quality”, sometimes leaves a gap in the personal responsibility that each individual has.

It is around 16:00 on a Friday afternoon and somebody from the other end of the office says out loud: “Who is working on fixing the API tests?” A silence, as thick as a morning fog, covers the entire floor. Nobody has done anything. Slowly, all eyes are turn towards the tester. How could she allow this to happen? When the API tests fail, the deployment pipeline is broken. When the pipeline is broken, there can be no deployment to production. The hope of a work-free weekend is slipping away…

This could be the beginning of a fictional, admittedly a bit corny, story. Unfortunately, in my experience, this is not something unheard of in an Agile software development team, where quality is a whole-team effort and not just the tester’s obligation.

So, how do we create a clear action plan to avoid such drama scenes?

In the first part of my presentation, we will identify some of the causes of such a situation, for example

•the “I thought the tester would inform me if something is wrong” misconception,

•the “I don’t trust the developers and I should always be responsible for alerting them” mentality, and

•the thorny problem of not having a unified team perception of the importance of each test.

In the second part, we will explore the solutions that can remove each of the causes and look into ways that they can be applied by an Agile team. Finally, we will discuss how we, as testers, can facilitate and monitor the implementation of the solutions and the benefits of turning the quality of the deployment pipeline indeed into a team task.


More Related Sessions


30-minute Talk

11:55-12:25 Room F2 - Track 2: Talks

Growing Adaptive Organizations

150-min Workshop

14:25-17:25 Room D1+D2 - Track 6: Workshops

Confident fast-pace delivery of microservices

Equipment required

120-minute Workshop

10:25-12:25 Room E2 + E3 - Track 5: Remote Talks

Designing a Continuous Delivery Pipeline

If you like AgileTD you might also be interested in :

Your privacy matters

We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it and accept our use of cookies, Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.