But while I ponder whether I should be feeling more humbled or mostly energized … I want to share three things with you.
1) Something I noticed
2) Something I learned
1) Something I noticed at SAFE Summit 2016
Another way of expressing this perhaps (as the little guy here shows) is that SAFe embraces RESULTS. And that pretty much goes for all of us in the SAFe community I am inclined to think. Find something you think will work. Reaffirm or refute it. Then share it. A phrase repeated many teams about SAFe both during the many presentations and also during informal discourse …. “IT WORKS“.
2) Something I learned at SAFe Summit 2016
But V&V in combination with a tighter definition of compliance … I had just never really encountered it in use. Or maybe I did encounter it and I just shrugged. I don’t know. But either way … I have V&V tattooed on my consciousness now and I think its going to cause a change in how I think about a lot of things. In case you have been living and breathing in the same V&V depleted atmosphere that I have … I’ll share a brief definition of terms.
- Verification is intended to check that a product, service, or system (or portion thereof, or set thereof) meets a set of design specifications.
- Validation is intended to ensure a product, service, or system (or portion thereof, or set thereof) results in a product, service, or system (or portion thereof, or set thereof) that meets the operational needs of the user.
- Compliance is focusing on whether the system developed meets the organization’s prescribed standards or not.
So what’s the change then (for me at least)? Well, before I was oriented around a sequential model of testing an expression of testing which becomes progressively more stringent as we march towards production. And that’s fine … and I’m not saying that’s gone. But in many cases the answer to “who does that?” has been “QA”. But I think that’s problematic. The terms above are going to help drive a different type of conversation. When I instead consider the questions: “Who is best positioned to conduct Verification testing?”. “Who ought to be doing Validation testing?” “Who are the people best positioned to confirm Compliance with organizational standards?” … I think the problem space is positioned in a different way. One which leads to a better outcome I think.
So I learned some new terms and I learned that I need to start thinking about testing in a more disciplined way. See I did it again! Not testing … verification, validation and compliance.
3) Something I wish …
This was dawn in Colorado. It may look like a sunset but it was sunrise. A beautiful start to what turned out to be a very busy day. And you know what … that’s a perfect metaphor for how I’m feeling about work in the months and years ahead.