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Esther Derby Presents: Claiming Your Seat at the Retrospective Table

  • 13 Dec 2018
  • 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Arrowhead Conference Room, One Meridian Crossing, Richfield, MN 55423
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We are thrilled to have Esther Derby, an international expert in Agile, present to our TCQAA community, for our special December event! 

Esther is one of the three original founders of the Scrum Alliance and co-author of Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great!  Join us to discover the unique value quality assurance professionals can bring to a retrospective!

This event is SOLD OUT!!!


A Retrospective is a special meeting outside the normal rhythm of work where a team can consider the way they are working — their technical practices, collaboration within the team and with other groups, how work flows into the team, as well as obstacles and patterns.

Quality Assurance professionals are in a unique position to notice patterns.  Where do defects congregate?  What sorts of defects happen every single sprint? Which defects could have been discovered earlier?

All these data points provide important information not just about the product, but about the development process.

In this interactive session, Esther will share a flexible framework for retrospectives.  Then, we’ll explore together what testers can bring to the retrospective table that can help the entire team improve the quality of the product.

About the presenter:

Esther started her career as a programmer, and over the years she has worn many hats, including tester, business owner, internal consultant and manager. From all these perspectives, one thing became clear to her: our level of individual, team and company success was deeply impacted by our work environment and organizational dynamics. As a result, she has spent the last twenty-five years helping companies design their environment, culture, and human dynamics for optimum success.

She's a founder of the AYE Conference, and is serving her second term as a member of the Board of Directors for the Agile Alliance. She also was one of the three original founders of the Scrum Alliance. In 2006, she co-authored Agile Retrospectives:  Making Good Teams Great. Since then, she’s seen many teams reflect on their work and choose small changes that over time led to dramatic improvement. Esther has an MA in Organizational Leadership and a certificate in Human System Dynamics.

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