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Monday, August 7 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
How to Fail Your TDD Rollout: A Train Wreck Story (Chris Edwards)

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We dreamt of a future where our whole department embraced TDD. A future where the quality of our code and the product was elevated.
We had the best intentions, however, this story does NOT have a happy ending.
Learn from my experience working with the leaders of a department of 40 to attempt 100% TDD adoption. I will contrast this with our successful adoption and spread of SOLID design practices, and look at what we would have done differently with our TDD advocacy if we were to repeat it. Some of our lessons learned: Don't try to mandate TDD, bring in outside experts, and refactoring skills are key.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Pitfalls of a top-down approach to changing technical practices
  • Basic concepts of Lean-Change
  • How to grow technical skills across a larger group without micromanaging


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Chris Edwards

Software Development Manager, Solium
Chris is a software manager with Solium. Chris has had a variety of roles including developer, manager, Scrum Master and architect. He has a passion for how both technical excellence and transformational leadership can help drive agility.

Monday August 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT