Patterns for Collaboration: Toward Whole-Team Quality

Janet Gregory, DragonFire Inc. & Matt Barcomb, odbox

A lot of talk goes on in agile about how collaboration among team members helps drive a shared responsibility for quality—and more. However, most teams don't do much more than just hold stand-up meetings and have programmers and testers sit together. Although these practices improve communications, they are not collaboration! Most teams simply don't understand how to collaborate. Janet Gregory and Matt Barcomb guide you through hands-on activities that illustrate collaboration patterns for programmers and testers, working together. They briefly review the acceptance test-driven development process, then illustrate what programmers should know about testing—and what testers should know about programming—to effectively create whole-team quality. Janet and Matt conclude with visual management techniques for joint quality activities and discuss the shift in the product owner role regarding release quality. Leave with new ideas about collaboration to take back to your organization and make whole-team responsibility for quality a reality.

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