Podcast Episode 75 – Strategies for Testing

Welcome to another episode of the Testing Peers. Regulars Chris, Simon, Russell and David this week talk all things strategies.

Before diving into the main topic, we talk about strategies in our home life. We then try our best to describe what is a strategy, we all have slight different yet similar definitions.

We share how context impacts strategies and we mention Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin agile testing books and a few things they share to consider. The discussion moves on discuss about strategies transcend testing and shifting into quality and teams. Claire Reckless “One Page Test Plan” comes up as it sometimes feels like it’s a strategy if you keep it high level, which highlights the blur between a strategy and a plan we often face.

Strategies can take people on journeys and it helps if you ensure the problem it’s solving is clear, we mention Simon Sinek and “Start with why”. We talk about motivation and seeing the results of the strategy empowering people and how ‘why’ helps us grasp and implement the strategy better.

We share a few examples of projects didn’t go well and some that do go well. Chris quotes himself from a previous talk “make it our strategy not your strategy” as we elaborate on how to make strategies that work by engaging others.

What are your experiences with building strategies, what has worked or failed for you?

We hope you found the discussion useful and would love to hear your feedback.


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