whole team approach

When the whole team owns testing: Building testing skills

The Twitterverse and other social media continue to host many discussions on topics such as “Do testers need to code?” As Pete Walen points out in his recent post, the “whole team” approach to delivering software, popularized with agile development, is often misunderstood as “everyone must write production code”. The “Whole Team Approach” in practice […]

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Transferring testing skills

My team currently has more than 20 programmers, and two testers. One of those testers is also the testing and support manager, and I also help with support. In terms of the quintessential “tester-developer ratio”, that sounds a bit dire. But we take a whole-team approach. The programmers pair all the time, they are excellent […]

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Teamwork for building in quality

I can’t say it enough: it takes the whole team to build quality into a software product, and testing is an integral part of software development along with coding, design and many other activities. I’d like to illustrate this yet again with my experience a couple days ago. Recently our team has been brainstorming and […]

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Applying the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition to the Whole-Team Approach

At San Francisco Agile 2012, I had the good fortune to pair up with Matt Barcomb for a session about growing the Whole-Team approach. Matt found ways to apply the Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition to help teams understand the various stages of growth as a team which commits to delivering high-quality software learns ways […]

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What I’ve been writing instead of blog posts!

I have been doing some writing in the past six weeks, in addition to rehabilitating my broken-and-now-healed ankle. But it’s all been published elsewhere. Here are some links: Software Quality Connection, “How to Improve Communication between QA and Development“ SearchSoftwareQuality.com, “Agile development: The whole-team approach” Also on SearchSoftwareQuality.com, “The whole-team approach to Agile development: Examples […]

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