Submitted by Viv Richards & Michal Poręba
Do you even need developers to build quality software? That’s a question nobody really asks. On the other hand, people often question when it is appropriate or necessary for testers, sysadmins, or dbas to get involved. “We don’t need testers, we do TDD”. “We don’t need sysadmins, we do DevOps”. “We don’t need DBAs, we do NoSQL”.
And so people with skills essential for delivery of good quality products are alienated from the process, added somewhere at the end to tick some boxes.
Join us, a tester and a DBA who went on a quest to find their own places in an agile team, and agile software development process. We have (re)discovered the value of early, cross-functional team collaboration. Let us show you how through cross-functional pairing we can increase the quality of both product and code.
Viv: Viv Richards is an independent QA consultant, a blogger and a community bumble bee. In his spare time he enjoys teaching children to code as a CodeClub volunteer as well as bringing communities together to share skills and knowledge by organising local meet-up’s as well as organising South Wales largest agile and developer conference.
He lives in Wales where he currently works as a Senior SQL Server DBA at Vizolution in Swansea. In his free time, he speaks obscure languages, plays music with code or dives in local caves trying to find places no human has ever been to before. An intermittent blogger at https://dbain.wales, and a once-in-a-while contributor to a few OSS projects.