In the ever-evolving landscape of software development, test automation has emerged as a pivotal element in driving quality and efficiency. This presentation, titled “Total Quality Management for Organizational Success” aims to bridge the gap between technical execution and strategic vision by illustrating the critical role of test automation in achieving Total Quality Management (TQM), enhancing customer-centric products, and accelerating the flow of value to customers.

The talk will leverage the Lean Canvas model, a strategic tool for developing and presenting business ideas, to facilitate an interactive and comprehensive exploration of test automation’s multifaceted impact. The discussion will commence with an overview of TQM principles and their seamless integration into the product management lifecycle, emphasizing the importance of quality at every stage, from conception to delivery.

A significant focus will be on the cost impacts of neglecting test automation. We’ll delve into how manual testing processes, while traditional, are increasingly inadequate in today’s fast-paced development environments, leading to inefficiencies, increased costs, and delayed time-to-market.

The conversation will then pivot to demonstrating how test automation enables a customer-centric approach to product development. By ensuring consistent and thorough testing, businesses can significantly enhance product quality and reliability, directly contributing to heightened customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Finally, the talk will highlight the profound impact of test automation on the flow of value to customers. We’ll explore how embedding automated testing practices within the software development lifecycle, especially when aligned with Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) and integrated into Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) pipelines, leads to faster, more reliable software delivery, and a stronger competitive edge in the market.

Throughout the session, the Lean Canvas model, hosted interactively on Mural, will be employed to facilitate audience engagement and provide a visual framework for understanding the strategic importance of test automation. This innovative approach not only aids in conceptualizing the benefits but also enables real-time audience interaction, fostering a dynamic and collaborative learning environment.

Takeaways from the talk:

  • A Comprehensive Understanding of TQM in Software Development: Insights into how Total Quality Management principles can be effectively applied in the realm of software development, particularly through test automation.
  • Awareness of Cost Implications: An appreciation of the financial impacts associated with neglecting test automation, including increased costs due to inefficiencies and the potential for lost revenue due to delayed releases and lower product quality.
  • Strategies for Customer-Centric Development: Knowledge of how test automation facilitates a customer-centric approach, ensuring product reliability and fostering customer loyalty.
  • Insights into Value Flow Enhancement: A clear understanding of how test automation accelerates the flow of value to customers, enhancing the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the software development process.
  • Interactive Experience with Lean Canvas: Practical experience in using the Lean Canvas model to map out the strategic importance of test automation, encouraging a holistic and structured approach to decision-making and communication with leadership.

May 8 @ 09:45
09:45 — 10:30 (45′)

James Gifford