Wave 2

Growing the Concept of a "Whole Team"

Session Leader Names: Lisa Crispin & Matt Barcomb


Audience Level: Novice/Practicing


Duration: 60min(lecture-style) or 90-120min(workshop-style)



By now, many organizations that have taken up the mantra of agile embrace the concept of "whole team". However this is often a truncated implementation of the concept, usually taking the form of a blended team of testers and coders sitting together. A progressive organization may have also included designers and maybe even DBAs into the mix. Normally though, this inclusion of other roles is often left out, and many believe the practice of "whole team" doesn't scale to enterprise organizational structures.


In this session, Lisa and Matt will discuss the concepts and patterns behind whole teams and suggest ways these may be applied to other roles teams typically need. Also addressed will be how to adjust for support or shared teams within a large department or project. Finally, the topic of "business agility" will be considered, applying the whole team concept to other business functions and organizational value streams.


Key Learnings:

- Underlying patterns and principles behind "whole team".

- Applying to other team-based roles

- Applying to intra-department/project shared teams

- Folding in other business units to align along value streams


Session Leader Backgrounds:

Matt Barcomb (@mattbarcomb) is passionate about building collaborative, cross-functional teams; enjoys being out-of-doors; loves punning; and thrives on guiding organizations towards holistic, sustainable, emergent improvement. Matt started programming as a wee lad and eventually wound up getting paid for it. It took him nearly 10 years before he realized that the "people problem" was the biggest issue facing most software development. Since then he has spent his time and energy trying to find interesting ways of making the business-software universe a better place to work, play and do business. Matt currently resides in Cleveland and is employed with LeanDog where he keeps especially busy with organizational transformations, and shares his insights on his blog http://blog.risingtideharbor.com/


Lisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009), co-author with Tip House of Extreme Testing (Addison-Wesley, 2002), and a contributor to Experiences of Test Automation by Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster (Addison-Wesley, 2011) and Beautiful Testing (O’Reilly, 2009). She enjoys sharing her experiences via writing, presenting, teaching and participating in agile testing communities around the world. Lisa was named one of the 13 Women of Influence in testing by Software Test & Performance magazine. For more about Lisa’s work, visit www.lisacrispin.com. @lisacrispin on Twitter, entaggle.com/lisacrispin


Session Leader Name(s) : Matt Barcomb, Lisa Crispin


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