STAREAST 2021 Concurrent Session : Simplicity - The Path to Agile Testing Efficiency


Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Simplicity - The Path to Agile Testing Efficiency

The pace of an Agile project creates demands efficiency in all testing techniques and processes. Traditional approaches run counter to this efficiency and must be changed during the Agile transition. Join Paul as he applies the Agile Manifesto Principle #10: “Simplicity – the art of maximizing the amount of work not done - is essential” to distinguish what past testing practices work and don’t work to clean out the clutter of the non-working. He will identify common process traps when adopting Agile methodologies, suggest priorities that are most important to Agile testing, and present ways to remove testing inefficiencies. Determine how to include process evaluation in regular Sprint Retrospectives or other checkpoints and implement continuous improvement focused on simplicity.

1) Identify what has to be changed and change it before the Agile transition
2) Get rid of extraneous information that clutters the project and reduces efficiency
3) Motivate your team for continuous improvement and eliminate “that how we have always done it” syndrome

West Monroe Partners

Paul Herzog is a Principal Consultant at West Monroe Partners in Chicago. He has over 20 years of experience in testing technology leadership, software quality assurance, systems engineering and business analysis, and Agile planning as a Scrum Master. His engineering career has taken him through projects in a wide variety of industries, from telecom to dental scanners to slot machines. He is passionate about building out West Monroe’s internal teams and clients alike in adopting intelligent methods for Agile testing, automation, and test tool implementation. Paul holds a B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering, and lives in Lake Zurich, Illinois.