STARCANADA 2018 Concurrent Session : Employing "Testing as a Service" in Agile Transitions


Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Employing "Testing as a Service" in Agile Transitions

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Companies today must respond to the ever-increasing demand of delivering products in a fast-paced digital environment. As a result, many traditional system testing departments are being dismantled, teams are being split up, and individual testers are being distributed across multiple projects or functional teams. This transition can lead to workflows that are awkward and siloed, with team members trying to figure out what exactly to do with the testers. Noha Gomaa feels that there must be a better way to handle the transition. Noha champions "testing as a service" to many project teams, which helps them implement testing in different lifecycle models for major infrastructure transformations and highly custom, product-specific projects. She will share how service models can work in any organization, including having testers assigned to agile projects, measuring QA metrics, conducting root-cause analysis and problem-solving, data setup and test data management, system testing, nonfunctional testing, coaching, test training, and so on. You will learn the basic steps needed to establish a service-oriented testing team. You'll be able to model testing services and balance and prioritize the needs of diverse projects and product owners based on business, technical, and organizational factors.

Noha Gomaa
Aldo Group

Noha is currently head of the software Quality Assurance team for the ALDO Group. She leads cross-functional testing teams and various initiatives, including SAP ERP implementations, digital transformations, and e-commerce projects spanning across multiple channels and solutions platforms, all of which are powered by Hybris technology. Noha has thirteen years of IT experience in the financial, retail, telecom, cloud computing, marketing and software sectors. Her work focuses on agile transformation, quality management, and software testing. She is a quality fanatic and has been involved in a number of innovative initiatives, including the development and relaunch of the ALDO Group’s e-commerce website and award-winning mobile apps. She also successfully introduced agile processes to software development teams and has helped a number of companies implement testing in different lifecycle models for major infrastructure transformations and projects dealing with specific and custom products. When not working, she enjoys practicing yoga, hiking, and photography.