Please Open the Door!  (Removing Project Barriers)

Have you ever locked yourself out of your house or locked the keys in your car? If so, you can surely recall the feeling of helplessness that you experience when this happens. You’re able to see everything through the windows, but there is no easy way to get inside. You find yourself searching for creative ways to get inside - whether it’s searching for a backup key, using alternative methods to open a window or door, or giving up completely and resorting to breaking a window to climb inside.

Too many times, we find a similar situation with the engagement between our test teams and the rest of the organization. We are told “the team will let you know when the product is ready for testing” and asked to “wait outside” while the development lifecycle takes its course. All of the work involved from initiation through development complete takes place without testing involvement. Testing needs a seat at the table and when they are “locked out” from being at the table, we find many risks to the delivery of the products we support.

As the Director of two teams (Testing and Project Management), Mike Lyles drove the inclusion of his test team to be part of the software development lifecycle (SDLC) as early as possible. By using mindmaps, the teams worked more collaboratively and spoke the same language. Mapping testing to all phases of the SDLC is critical to the success of projects and it enables the test team to identify issues, report findings, and call out risks and defects earlier in the process. Ultimately, products shipped to production have a better chance of good quality.

In this highly interactive presentation, Mike will share with you his experience in mapping testing throughout the SDLC, the obstacles that had to be overcome, and the lessons learned from the activity. We will walk through the role of testing at each phase of the SDLC, how that value can be added at each stage, and what YOU can do to unlock the doors in your organization and become part of the overall SDLC process.

Key Takeaways:

  • Documenting lessons learned from the experience of attendees in testing vs. SDLC
  • How to use mindmaps to bridge the gaps between project teams
  • Hands-On exercises to experience the role of testing at each phase of the SDLC
  • Checklist of actions that every test team can take to “open the door”
  • Tactics you need to “sell testing” to the leadership team if they’re not bought in
 
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Outline/Structure of the Workshop

The course will take the following steps:

  • Review the constraints today with project teams
  • Discuss and document roadblocks to project success
  • Overview of mindmapping and how effective teams use mindmaps
  • Hands on scenario with a sample project
  • Review the role of project team members at each phase of the SDLC
  • Review, update, and document a checklist that project team members need for success
  • Define and document how testing can get a seat at the table & work effectively
  • Selling testing and alternative project approaches to the executive leadership team

Learning Outcome

Key Takeaways:

  • Documenting lessons learned from the experience of attendees in testing vs. SDLC
  • How to use mindmaps to bridge the gaps between project teams
  • Hands-On exercises to experience the role of testing at each phase of the SDLC
  • Checklist of actions that every test team can take to “open the door”
  • Tactics you need to “sell testing” to the leadership team if they’re not bought in

Target Audience

All testers - new and experienced - and anyone that struggles to get a testing seat at the table

Prerequisites for Attendees

** NOTE: I can do this as a half day, a talk, a tutorial, or a workshop **

No prerequisite required

The course will resonate with testers but will appeal to all members of the team

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