Valerie McLean


Valerie is an agile geek, she loves to learn and help others flourish. She gets a buzz from the small things, the little changes that make a positive impact on individuals and teams. She has knowledge and expertise in the area of organisational agility, helping organisations adapt to keep up with the fast-paced world we live in. Coming from a background in Scrummastery and Agile ways of working within software teams, Valerie is passionate about enabling organisations to find new and better ways of working to improve their flexibility, reaction to market changes and ultimately create the right solution, for the right people, at the right time.

Valerie is a consultant, working primarily in the Government sector for Sopra Steria and is an active member and organiser within the Lean Agile community in Glasgow.

Talk: Prevention or the cure?
We often view testing as a success when several bugs are found and (some of them) fixed before we go live. The job of the testing specialists in the team is to find the bugs, make sure the product does what it is supposed to – and often with insufficient time, with much of the bugs or issues found swept under the carpet so a deadline is met.

Why is this the norm in our organisations? Why is it acceptable to produce a product which is substandard and be left with a list of things to fix post go live? Why are the people in our teams with the skills to thoroughly test a piece of software so often undervalued and seen as the people who can have their time slashed again and again?

Often the testers on a team are the people who know the product as a whole the best out of everyone, they know all the nooks and crannies.

Let’s have a discussion around how our testers can become part of our attack against bugs by using their time preventing bugs occurring in the first place, not trying to cure a broken system.  Turn the ‘project plan’ on its head and give the testers more time, not less, right from the very start. Should this happen? Can it happen? Join us to be part of prevention, not the cure.

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