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Test Beyond Quality
Beyond Software
Agile Testing Day
Netherlands 2015
Mike Sutton
Mike
9
years as a
coach
150
+teams
coached
1500
+people
supported
Mike Sutton
Agile Coach and Improvement Partner
“I help ...
I want to poke, provoke, tease and inspire.
“Work has an enormous impact
on my personal growth and
my overall Joy.
Show of hands, how many agree with this statement?
Every business is searching
For a repeatable business model, product-market
fit, next revenue ceiling, greater profit, next ...
The search is complex
It is uncertain, risky and requires all of our skills
and passion - intelligently applied - to succe...
How does the
search impact…
Leaders and leadership
Roles and accountability?
How we collaborate?
Our environment?
How we
c...
Most business decisions are guesses.
Some are even educated.
Who has the mindset and skills to design
experiments to test ...
Agile teams are a place to
cultivate behaviours and
cultures for a new reality
Skills, mindsets and values that are valuab...
We operate in an
uncertainty-riddled landscape
Effective agile teams are all about managing uncertainty, risk and
emergenc...
So, you are in a happy, agile team.
You might not all get along, but you have complementary
edges and you mostly don’t wan...
Many agile software teams today
Regular cadence, given just enough to produce but not
enough to thrive.
But the rest of your organisation is in chaos
And some might even know they are!
Our collective success is too
important to be left to a few
dudes in suits
It is time for agile teams and the testing
discipline to go beyond software, beyond
testing and into the organisation
Start?
What do you bring to the search?
Intelligently
discovering what to
test
Designing safe-to-
fail experiments
The passion to...
Assume you are invited
Forgiveness beats permission
Ask questions.
Go where they lead
About Value, Flow, Quality and Joy
What value do we
deliver as an
organisation?
Why does...
Don’t do it alone
One person is a “lone nut”, two are a movement.
Celebrate.
Reflect. Improve
3 things just happened
What’s in it for me
What’s in it for us
A choice to make.
Thank you.
Do good work.
Be good to work with.
Seek Joy.
(no animals were hurt in the
production of this keynote)
@mhsutton
PLEASE EVALUATE MY PRESENTATION
BY USING THE RATING FUNCTION WHICH
YOU CAN FIND AT MY SESSION DETAILS
ON:
www.agiletesting...
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Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015 Keynote

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My keynote at Agile Testing Day Netherdlands 2015.
Challenging agile testing professionals to go beyond software and quality testing of products and to bring their skills to a far bigger and more urgent situation - their personal growth and Joy and the survival of their organisation as it searches for it's next business model.

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Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015 Keynote

  1. 1. Test Beyond Quality Beyond Software Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015 Mike Sutton
  2. 2. Mike 9 years as a coach 150 +teams coached 1500 +people supported Mike Sutton Agile Coach and Improvement Partner “I help technology organisations become more effective in meeting their business goals by applying simple and effective tools - that reduce risk, increase value and create knowledge - and by nurturing a culture of open and joyful collaboration. 21 years as a developer Mentor agile teams and their members Helping teams develop resilience and the tools to help them self organise effectively and own their working process responsibly. Advise management teams and executives Providing wide multi-industry and multi-disciplinary experience and expertise to help executives and management teams develop modern strategies Coach organisational effectiveness with everybody Sharing a framework and support to help the entire organisation develop and sustain continuous improvement and effectiveness
  3. 3. I want to poke, provoke, tease and inspire.
  4. 4. “Work has an enormous impact on my personal growth and my overall Joy. Show of hands, how many agree with this statement?
  5. 5. Every business is searching For a repeatable business model, product-market fit, next revenue ceiling, greater profit, next best- thing-since-sliced-bread, great culture… For survival
  6. 6. The search is complex It is uncertain, risky and requires all of our skills and passion - intelligently applied - to succeed
  7. 7. How does the search impact… Leaders and leadership Roles and accountability? How we collaborate? Our environment? How we choose tools What we care about? Risk and mitigation? How we treat each other?
  8. 8. Most business decisions are guesses. Some are even educated. Who has the mindset and skills to design experiments to test and validate assumptions?
  9. 9. Agile teams are a place to cultivate behaviours and cultures for a new reality Skills, mindsets and values that are valuable beyond your team.
  10. 10. We operate in an uncertainty-riddled landscape Effective agile teams are all about managing uncertainty, risk and emergence.
  11. 11. So, you are in a happy, agile team. You might not all get along, but you have complementary edges and you mostly don’t want to kill each other.
  12. 12. Many agile software teams today Regular cadence, given just enough to produce but not enough to thrive.
  13. 13. But the rest of your organisation is in chaos And some might even know they are!
  14. 14. Our collective success is too important to be left to a few dudes in suits
  15. 15. It is time for agile teams and the testing discipline to go beyond software, beyond testing and into the organisation
  16. 16. Start?
  17. 17. What do you bring to the search? Intelligently discovering what to test Designing safe-to- fail experiments The passion to collaborate The love of exploration The desire to to make things better Monitoring Checking
  18. 18. Assume you are invited Forgiveness beats permission
  19. 19. Ask questions. Go where they lead About Value, Flow, Quality and Joy What value do we deliver as an organisation? Why does it take so long to…? How do we know we are delivering the value we think we are delivering? What happens if we….? What kind of organisation do we want and how will we know we are getting it? Do we know how good something needs to be? What does Joy mean for every single person in my organisation? What are we searching for, where should we look?
  20. 20. Don’t do it alone One person is a “lone nut”, two are a movement.
  21. 21. Celebrate. Reflect. Improve
  22. 22. 3 things just happened What’s in it for me What’s in it for us A choice to make.
  23. 23. Thank you. Do good work. Be good to work with. Seek Joy. (no animals were hurt in the production of this keynote) @mhsutton
  24. 24. PLEASE EVALUATE MY PRESENTATION BY USING THE RATING FUNCTION WHICH YOU CAN FIND AT MY SESSION DETAILS ON: www.agiletestingday.nl 
 
 THANK YOU!

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