Scaled Agile Framework for Lean Enterprises (SAFe) is becoming the most popular framework used to help large programs and entire companies achieve business agility. It builds on well-known agile-lean principles and methodologies, and puts them together to address challenges not only on team level, but also on program, large solution and portfolio level. Although the framework is described in more details than other comparable frameworks it is not very elaborate on how testing and quality practices fit in. This raises new challenges for testers, Q&A and test managers, test architects, test specialists and people in similar roles together with the entire organisation.
In this eBook Derk-Jan de Grood and Mette Bruhn-Pedersen describe what guidance SAFe actually provides and suggest additional ways testers can contribute with their special knowledge and expertise.
The article is based on an expert session at the 22nd Testing Retreat (2017, Hereford UK). The Testing Retreat is a peer-conference where leaders in the testing and quality profession share their experiences and insights. The participants discussed quality measures and actions that test professionals could take in order to ensure quality when using SAFe throughout the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC). We thank all for their valuable contributions.
- Test and QA professionals can add value at all organisational levels in ways that are not described in SAFe.
- Defining a quality strategy is key to handle typical issues with test and QA activities spanning multiple teams and even multiple Release Trains.
- Getting quality and testing anchored on Portfolio Level ensures that quality can be built-in from top to bottom