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Janet Gregory: Agile Consultant, Trainer, Advisor, Writer, Speaker

My first blog… I’ve been meaning to start this for a long time, but other things have kept me busy … things like writing a book. Now that it’s almost done, I can turn to other things I have been neglecting, like this.

Something that has captured my interest in the last few months is the impact of collaboration, or should I say lack of collaboration in a tester’s life. Trust plays such an important part of any team, and I believe that without trust, it is hard to have a truly collaborative team.

I have recently experienced what I think is lack of trust. I do a lot of questioning about stories so that I know I understand what is required for testing. I have one teammate who seems to resent my questioning, and becomes defensive. I believe the underlying problem is lack of trust. He thinks I question because I don’t believe he knows what he is doing. I question, partly because I haven’t heard the questions asked out loud, so not sure we are all on the same page.

Is this lack of trust? I think so, and it makes me realize how absolutely important it is for a team to have truly successful collaboration.


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