A testing bottleneck in my Scrum Team


A testing bottleneck in my Scrum Team

By Mark Summers, Agile Coach

Recently I was working with a Scrum team who were struggling to get things to Done at the end of a Sprint, they already knew that they had a bottleneck getting things tested, but didn’t really know how to resolve it. They are certainly not unique in having had this struggle, and it was really costing them partially done work, tester working long hours at the end of the Sprint, a code freeze 3 days before the end of the Sprint. I also sensed frustration because they felt things couldn’t improve unless they changed the ratio of developers to testers (6 to 1). That wasn’t going to change immediately and I do like to focus the team on the art of the possible, so what could we do?

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