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  • Jan: Pim before we start tell me a bit how you got involved with agile?
  • Jan:
    Why Agile? Pim tell me what you see here?
    Why does waterfall not work?
    Pim’s perspective
  • SCRUM, XP, Kanban many organization implements what works best for them and that is also agile.
    Short iterations.
    Poll: biggest hurdle
  • Poll: biggest hurdle
  • Poll: difficulties
  • Jan: will ask pim to comment on the items on the right side of the slide
  • Jan: will ask pim to comment on the items on the right side of the slide
  • Jan: How to effectively communicate with people in different countries
    Jan: Issues you find in practice
  • Jan: Finding and hiring the right people. What makes someone suitable for Agile?
  • Agile Tools
    Get overview
    Work fast and effective
    Geen middel om iemand af te rekenen
    TFS / TM / Specflow / Selenium
    Jan: transparency, not use to control ….
  • Poll: automation
  • Poll: time is an issue
  • Werkt Agile in de praktijk echt sneller?
    Wordt de opleversnelheid verhoogd door het werken in meerdere tijdzones?
  • Hoe groot moet een bedrijf zijn om remote Agile te kunnen toepassen?
    Hoe belangrijk is vertrouwen?


  • 1. XBOSoft Presents Remote Agile Testing
  • 2. XBOSoft Info Founded in 2006 Dedicated to software quality Software QA Consulting Software Testing Offices in San Francisco, Beijing, Oslo, and Amsterdam
  • 3. Housekeeping • Everyone except the speakers are muted • Questions via the gotowebinar control on the right side of your screen • Questions can be asked throughout the webinar, we’ll try to fit them in when appropriate • General Q & A at the end of the webinar • You will receive info on recording and slides after the webinar
  • 4. Speakers Jan Princen, Board member XBOSoft, Founder of Grip QA. Pim Smeets, Project manager XBOSoft manages remotes agile test teams in China. Sabrina Gasson, Marketing at XBOSoft.
  • 5. Why agile?
  • 6. Agile Manifesto: • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools • Working software over comprehensive documentation • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation • Responding to change over following a plan Many Flavors What is agile?
  • 7. Pim’s Project • Financial Software • Dutch UI / specifications • Located in: – 3 countries – 2 times zones – 3 mother tongues – 6 scrum (-ish) teams
  • 8. Hard to work with teams in different locations? China and the Netherlands have a 6 hour time difference ‘A day in the life of a tester in China’ • 09:00 Review ‘to do’ tasks on TFS • 09:30 - 5 minutes - Internal standup: What will you do? How long do you need? Need help from colleagues? • 13:00: pre-grooming, if needed • 14:00-15:00 Netherlands gets to office • 15:00-16:00 standup meetings (Weekly Groomings / Bi Weekly retrospectives) • - 18:00+ Discuss with developers in Europe / wrap up.
  • 9. English is hard for everyone Dutch specs: • Dutch Lessons • Translation software • Pre groomings Certain personality type does well Commitment of both sides Cultural / language differences
  • 10. Communication Person A Person B Cultural framework of reference Language Proficiency Confidence Factors influencing communication
  • 11. Communication Important in agile – Especially with distributed teams Daily stand ups Weekly grooming Continuous - email, IM, video
  • 12. Agile is all about people • English language • Cultural sensitivity • Independent • Creative, strong logic Not everyone can work in an Agile team!
  • 13. Agile Tools
  • 14. SITs Self Improvement Teams • Short optimization projects (5-10 hours total) • Cross teams • Both local (Beijing) and distributed • One condition: provides future business value Past SITs: • POC CodedUI / Selenium • SQL / Bash scripting • Quality / code metrics • Risk analysis
  • 15. Automation • Essential in Agile • Daily automated regression tests • ‘Record and playback’ too fragile: built our own framework • Using Selenium / C# / Specflow
  • 16. Keeping Remote Teams Involved • How to keep remote teams involved? • Visit once a year • Involve everyone in all meetings (even if that can prove hard in practice) • Make jokes, build personal relationships • Three locations, one team
  • 17. Increase Velocity • 24/7 • “longer” work days • Continuous
  • 18. Q & A Follow us on twitter: @xbosoft
  • 19. Thanks! You can reach us at: