Transformation and Learning to Build the Test CoP

As teams transform to a more agile approach and the Dev Cells push for greater autonomy, how do we still ensure that the test discipline can continue to drive best practice and ensure alignment to an overarching strategy? In this new way of working people are looking to remove the ineffective line management style of ‘command and control’, and replace it with a more engaging model of coaching and mentoring. The problem with the hierarchal style of a centralized test function is that it cannot cope with an agile approach, where decisions need to be made quickly within the squad itself; there can be confused loyalty of squad versus function and the function may not see the needs of the squad member in relation to building necessary skills…Transformation and Learning to Build the Test CoP

Ensuring Engagement during Transformation


When travelling down the path of Transformation I found that a very important thing to consider was that of people engagement in the overall strategy. If people don’t feel engaged in this strategy then it is probably destined for failure and cynicism on any future improvement endeavours. As with any change program it can be quite easy to slip into the trap of providing information from ‘up-top’ and expect it to trickle down through the hierarchal management systems we have in place. But by definition Transformation is about building a strategy that will change that top down approach itself and so this form of broadcast is no longer sufficient  read on…