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Slow Down to Speed Up – Leveraging Quality to Enable Productivity and Speed

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Despite extensive uptake in Agile and more recently Lean approaches, many teams and organisations still struggle to achieve a required level of software quality. To maintain sustained productivity and speed we need to achieve a sufficient level of quality in our software. This is a presentation which briefly explores the relationship between quality, speed and productivity in the context of value driven delivery.  It then highlights the real world mistakes being make by organisations and their agile teams in relation to quality and testing and suggest ways to improve.

Examples include issues with

•    agile testing strategy and product risk,
•    team competency,
•    test automation,
•    test design techniques,
•    requirements (including non-functional),
•    line management,
•    planning for quality,
•    use of the ‘Definition of Done’.

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Fran O'Hara

Fran O’Hara is Director and Principal Consultant of Inspire Quality Services. With almost 30 years’ experience in the software industry, he specialises in pragmatic approaches to lean/agile, software process improvement, quality/testing, and associated practices. For the last 5 years, his main focus has been providing agile/lean coaching, training and support to organisations transitioning to agile/lean particularly with Scrum/XP and Kanban.
Fran is a regular speaker at agile, process improvement and quality/testing conferences. He is a certified ScrumMaster, Professional ScrumMaster, an ISTQB testing tutor at advanced level, a trained lead assessor for CMMI and TMMi, a fellow of the Irish Computer Society, a director of the TMMi Foundation, and co-founder of the Irish SIG in Software Testing – SoftTest.

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