Evolving an organization to use more agile techniques often means re-evaluating the role of dedicated QA teams common in waterfall development processes. In software organizations that develop a large platform with a group of agile development teams, there is still a need to ensure quality at a product and platform level. As one solution to this, this talk introduces the idea of Platform QA, a dedicated team of QA specialists with responsibility to the entire product, and the platform that delivers it. Platform QA is a feature team that works on a backlog of quality risks and has ultimate ownership of shared artifacts such as end to end (BDD) tests and QA environments. This talk discusses differences between waterfall QA, platform QA and embedded QA, examples shared from my own experience, and conditions where this solution may make sense as a transitional or target organizational structure.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Experience Report

  1. Agile and Large Scale Scrum ideas of Product
    1. Expansive product definition
    2. One product built by one team on a shared backlog
    3. Business Driven Development tests as product definitions
  2. Platform
    1. Bratton definition of platform (from The Stack)
    2. Platform as the system(s) that deliver the product
  3. Three team structures for quality
    1. Waterfall QA
    2. Embedded QA
    3. Platform QA and Tools relationship
  4. Platform QA as a transition or a destination
    1. Stealth or bottom-up transition

Learning Outcome

Recognize scale / co-ordination problems and some Large Scale Scrum solutions to that

Identify different QA structures, and understand the tradeoffs involved

Target Audience

Testers, Managers, Developers, anyone interested in team structure and quality

Prerequisites for Attendees

Familiarity with Agile techniques and terminology at an introductory or intermediate level. Working in a large organization. Testing software, their's or others'.

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