Episode 433: Excessive Testing and Sensor Integration with Scrum Master and Agile Coach Greg Mester

The rocket launch adventure made me think about over testing and over censoring in agile and scrum. Sometimes we put so much testing that nothing would ever get off the planet. We need to focus on getting value to the customer and not making everything 100% perfect. Over testing and over censoring can create more probability of failure. Let’s focus on getting things in the customer’s hands! πŸš€ #AgileInsights

In Show #433, Scrum Master and Agile Coach Greg Mester discusses the importance of agile and scrum in a practical and tactical way, sharing insights from a recent rocket launch adventure with his kids. He highlights the need to balance testing and sensor use in the rocket industry and parallels it to over testing in software code.

Importance of Testing and Sensor Balance in the Rocket Industry πŸš€

Greg Master shares his recent adventure of driving to witness a rocket launch with his kids. He discusses the significant amount of testing and sensor use in the rocket industry and emphasizes the need to find a balance to ensure commercial viability and consumer confidence.

The Need to Overcome Over Testing in Agile and Scrum βœ…

Drawing insights from his experience, Greg explains the concept of over testing and the negative impact it can have on software code. He highlights the importance of embracing an agile perspective and focusing on delivering value to the customer rather than aiming for perfection.

The Perils of Over Sensoring and Its Implications πŸ› 

Greg uses the example of excessive sensoring in the rocket industry to illustrate the potential downsides of over reliance on sensors. He discusses the probability of failure due to an abundance of sensors and how this parallels to testing in agile and scrum methodologies.

Striking a Balance Between Testing and Agility πŸš€βœ¨

In a thought-provoking analysis, Greg delves into the nuances of balancing testing practices with the need for agility in both the rocket industry and software development. He emphasizes the significance of delivering products to customers while maintaining a pragmatic approach to testing.

Rethinking Testing Strategies for Better Results πŸ”„

Greg encourages a shift in mindset when it comes to testing strategies, advocating for a customer-centric approach that prioritizes functionality over excessive testing. He challenges the notion of perfection in testing and advocates for a more streamlined and efficient process.

Leveraging Agile Principles to Improve Testing Practices 🌟

Greg emphasizes the need to align testing practices with agile principles, focusing on delivering value to customers through incremental improvements. He underlines the importance of creating a balance between thorough testing and the timely delivery of functional products.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Greg’s insights shed light on the significance of recalibrating testing and sensoring practices in both the rocket industry and software development. His experiences provide valuable lessons for embracing agility and delivering value to customers.

Key Takeaways

  • Finding a balance between testing and agility is crucial for the commercial success of industries like rocket transportation.
  • Over-reliance on sensors and excessive testing can lead to increased failure probabilities and hinder the timely delivery of functional products.
  • Embracing agile principles can help recalibrate testing practices and prioritize the delivery of value to customers.

FAQ

  • How can businesses shift towards a more customer-centric approach in testing and development?
  • What are the potential downsides of over testing and over sensoring in industries like rocket transportation?

Conclusion

In conclusion, Greg’s insights shed light on the significance of recalibrating testing and sensoring practices in both the rocket industry and software development. His experiences provide valuable lessons for embracing agility and delivering value to customers.

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Sharing the Practical and Tactical on Scrum & Agile, w/ the Mission of Getting People Home to Family & Friends, Growing Business Value, while Balancing Work & Life w/ Less Stress & More Fun.#5amMesterScrum is about real life practicing #agile and #scrum. We talk about maybe 2 micro Scrum or Agile topics for anyone to use in their day. This is a big experiment. #5amMesterScrum Why 5am, well I work with many off-shore people and it turns out that 5am is their lunch time so the can watch it live. Plus the house is quite at 5am.The content here should have the Creative Commons – Attribution, so you can do with it any way you like. Hopefully nothing too bad, if you want to embed in a presentation or instructional material please free to do so. It would be great if you could link back.Greg Mester’s certifications Scrum@Scale, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSP, CSM, CSPO, CAL I, ICP-ICP, ICP-ACC, ICP-ATF, SAFe SA, SPC, CSSGB, ITIL, PA EIT , Authorized Instructor for ICAgile ICP-ICP and ICP-ATF
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