Bob Galen is an agile methodologist, practitioner, and coach based in Cary, NC. In this role, he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift toward Scrum and other agile methods and practices. Bob is currently president and principal consultant at RGCG, LLC. He is also director of agile solutions for Zenergy Technologies where he applies his experience helping clients accelerate their agile adoption.
Bob regularly speaks at international conferences and professional groups on topics related to software development, project management, software testing, and team leadership. He is a Certified Scrum Coach (CSC), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), and an active member of the Agile Alliance and Scrum Alliance. In 2009, Bob published the book Scrum Product Ownership—Balancing Value from the Inside Out. The book addresses the gap in guidance toward effective agile product management.
Culture drives performance, and agile leaders set a team's culture, so leaders should be measured at how effectively they’re doing just that. The challenge is, what might that look like? Here’s an idea for a four-quadrant measurement approach for leaders' organizational and personal effectiveness in agile contexts.
Being a leader of a software team comes with a lot of responsibility. You may be used to people looking to you for direction. But directing doesn't let your team truly use the skills and talents they were hired for. A good leader knows that sometimes, the best strategy is to step aside and let the team shine.
If you’ve been a tester on an agile team, you’ve probably experienced “Scrummerfall” behavior—a cross between Scrum and waterfall. There isn’t really any collaboration, and there's too much work in progress during each sprint. Bob Galen tells you how planning can help you avoid it.
The Three Pillars is a framework for establishing a balanced strategic plan for effective quality and testing. But beyond the individual pillars themselves, the real value resides in crosscutting concerns. It requires a balance across all three pillars to implement any one of the practices properly.
When adopting agile, organizations can be plagued with quality imbalance. Bob Galen found that all agile testing practices and activities can be grouped into three categories: development and test automation, software testing, and cross-functional team practices. He reviews these "pillars" of agile.
Bob Galen has noticed that when it comes to agile quality and testing practices, people tend to be either all in or under-practicing some techniques. But it is the interplay across practices that is most important for effectiveness. Here, he discusses his three pillars of agile quality and testing.