An Evolutionary Journey: Creating a Lean and Agile Software Testing Organization
In 2008 Nationwide Insurance embarked on a journey to centralize part of its development portfolio and begin building software using lean and agile practices. The shift required new strategies for automated testing, tools, and hiring. In retrospect, it can be seen that there was a clearly defined evolution in reaching the end state quality assurance organization. Through this evolution, the team employed various behavior-driven development, test-driven development, and management tools like Cucumber, Ruby, Rational Team Concert, and Rational Requirements Composer.
Many struggle moving their testing organizations forward as softwaredevelopment practices move to lean and agile. This case study addresses specific concerns within the testing discipline. Attendees will hear about a first hand experience in moving a Quality Assurance organization within a Fortune 91 company from a pure waterfall methodology to an agile and lean methodology. Tools, techniques, and strategies will be discussed. In addition, we¹ll provide insights into the future of testing and the skill set that will be needed to address quality concerns.
Manager, IT Analysis - Nationwide - Application Development Center
Steven Coleman is CSTE certified and has over ten years of experience within the quality assurance field. Steven works for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, where he has led several Tier 1 testing projects and has spent the last eight years honing his abilities within the test automation space. During that time, Steven was influential inestablishing Ruby as a test automation standard within the Enterprise. Steven is an Agile, Lean, and Automation enthusiast and enjoys sharing his experiences with the industry