Context of the Tester Role
The Tester role is a full partner in the Team, to help discover and eliminate errors and their causes. This is related to one of the most fundamental Lean principles: To aim for perfection and to improve constantly. To this end the Tester role uses techniques such as root-cause analysis, examination of processes and infrastructure, and gaining understanding of customer requirements. The Tester also helps set up a testing environment that is consistent with the Team’s quality and continuous test and integration objectives.
Begin by reviewing the resources in the Context of the Tester Role box to understand how the Tester role fits in the context of Lean-Agile. Then work through the Learning Path (guided readings) and library pages that pertain to the Tester role.
The Scrum learning path introduces essential concepts for Scrum in a Lean-Agile environment. Scrum is a conceptual framework for undertaking software engineering projects that embraces and promotes evolutionary change throughout the entire life-cycle of the project.
The Decomposing Requirements learning path describes the Lean-Agile process of understanding requirements “just in time,” adding “just enough” detail to keep the work progressing but never more than what we need at the time. Testers are involved in decomposing requirements, especially when requirements arrive at the team level: features/stories/tasks. Pay attention to the Activities section, especially Decomposing Features into Stories and Writing Tasks.
Here are additional resources to explore related to the Tester role.
The Disciplines and Practices page describes competencies at the team level to be mastered. Testers should pay special attention to the resources in these areas: ATDD, estimation, understanding requirements, continuous improvement, and quality.
The Resource Libraries for the Tester page lists the complete set of resources in the Lean-Agile Portal related to the Tester role. In particular, see the topics on Quality and on Acceptance Test-Driven Development.
The Lean-Agile Straight Talk podcast features interviews of experts in Lean-Agile. Subscribe to the podcast to receive updates. Here are sessions that apply to the Tester role:
Net Objectives routinely hosts webinar series to explore important topics in Lean-Agile. Here are sessions that apply to the Tester role:
The Technical Resources page offers a set of resources to equip you in learning essential technical practices of Lean-Agile at the team level.
The Tester Role in a Transformation
The transformation to Lean-Agile involves everyone. While the transformation is guided by leadership, everyone on the team routinely must make decisions about how to realize Lean-Agile in their own context. Lean-Agile Thinking guides these decisions so that everyone in the value stream is aligned.