From a civil engineering background, I've been managing testers for the last 8 years. Both of those areas are biased towards good requirements, and... Read More
Team Leader at Mazda Motor Europe
Leverkusen, NRW 51371
November 2005-May 2012
Managing the Information Services Quality Assurance group, responsible for quality of all applications used to support 45 countries in Europe. Main task was to implement new practices. Mazda was moving gradually out of sequential into Agile/Scrum. I acted in an inofficial Scrum Master role, supporting Scrum practices like Product Backlog, test automation, and general test practices. The Product Backlog work was twofold: defining the format, and training. I trained a total of 120 internal staff in backlog refinement, focus was on the POs, and Mazda had a large number of those, simply because of the diversity of business processes to be supported (vehicle logistics, parts logistics, warranty, maintenance records etc.). The backlog was named 'BSM' internally. From my previous experience at Ramboll Informatik, I was able to introduce a high level of automation, using the HP suite of automation tools. By using HP BAC, we were able to monitor the ACTUAL use in production, of a released piece of new functionality, to get feedback on its value-creation.
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