Hey testers, don’t say:
“yesterday I tested a story. Today I’m going to test another story. No impediments”
Per Scrum inventor, Jeff Sutherland, daily standups should not be “I did this…”, “I’ll do that…”. Instead, share things that affect others with an emphasis on impediments. The team should leave the meeting with a sense of energy and urgency to rally around the solutions of the day. When the meeting ends, the team should be saying, “Let’s go do this!”.
Here are some helpful things a tester might say in a daily standup:
- Let’s figure out the repro steps for production Bug40011 today, who can help me?
- I found three bugs yesterday, please fix the product screen bug first because it is blocking further testing.
- Sean, I know you’re waiting on my feedback on your new service, I’ll get that too you first thing today.
- Yesterday I executed all the tests we discussed for Story102, unless someone can think of more, I am done with that testing. Carl, please drop by to review the results.
- I’m getting out of memory errors on some test automation, can someone stop by to help?
- If I had a script to identify data corruption, it would save hours.
- Paul, I understand data models, I’ll test that for you and let you know something by noon.
- The QA data seems stale. Don’t investigate any errors yet. I’m going to refresh data and retest it today. I’ll let you know when I’m done.
- Jolie, if you can answer my question on expected behavior, I can finish testing that Story this afternoon.
Your role as a tester affects so many people. Think about what they might be interested in and where your service might be most valuable today.