Gábor Kapros

Evosoft (HU)

Gábor Kapros, founding member of Hungarian Testing Board has 18 years test management and 9 years agile management experience. He is a team manager of both a scrum team and a QA team in a large project of 33 agile teams in healthcare domain. In addition, he makes quality-related coaching for other teams as well. Recently his focus has been more and more on personal-level – how to help and support people by different coaching techniques.

Agile testing – a job for introverts, or extroverts? 

When we speak about agile transition we start speaking about business drivers and agile processes. Then – in better cases – we recognize how important managementcommitment is, or even we start discussing how testing tasks and responsibilities couldbe shared within agile teams. All these are crucial – no question. I intend to extend these aspects with a new one: the person’s view. Or rather: how individuals and their personality, behavior, or attitude can be fruitful for any agile transition.

My focus is on the well-known extro-intro scaling. All of us have heard this – and we have some ideas, who we are, where are we on this scale. On the other hand we do not exactly know the details, what these terms mean.

My goal is to present the differences – appearing in the human brain that lead to different motivation and behavior. Since differences can be physically detected in human brain.How these brain differences turn into different behaviors and motivation? How individuals could be valuable for their teams – both extros or intros? What are the key factors how a test engineer adopts agile transition – as a risk, or rather
as an opportunity? Mostly we suppose, software development should be a job for intros. But the term “agile” suggest a way of working that should fit better to extros. But then…what about agile software development? …And for us even more exiting: what about software testing? Do you need rather intro, or extro strength for being a well-appreciated test engineer? Testing needs high-level business understanding, great communication skills, sometimes even some psychological sense. And what if a tester becomes a part of an agile team? Project deadline tracking, milestone and process adherence can be also expected to the test engineer. More and more test engineer need programming skills. And a high performant test engineer could act even as a quality evangelist within the team.
A wide range of expected skills – wider than in case of developers.

I would like to present how a test engineer can first survive and then live in an agile team – either as an extro, or intro. How could his/her intro and extro strength help the team’s quality attitude and delivery quality. Finally I offer some tips for daily work – when working closely together intro software developers.