ASQ Section 0511 March 2023 Meeting Announcement

Wednesday, 8 March 2023

Quality Matters Round Table: Agile and Quality

Conducted by Charlotte Wild
ASQ Section 0511 Audit Chair and Welcome Lead

Charlotte Wild

Short Description:

The March 2023 ASQ Section Meeting is a Round Table Discussion within the Quality Matters Initiative launched in May 2021.

ASQ Section 0511 is a community of Quality Professionals of Northern Virginia, with tremendous cumulative experience across multiple industries, companies, and government agencies. Any single one of you in our ASQ Section is a formidable source of takes, opinions, and lessons on a number of Quality Matters.

Previous Round Table Discussions were:

The 8 March 2023 Section 0511 meeting is a Round Table Discussion on one of the 26 Quality Matters topics that you voted for in our June 2021 poll, namely: Agile and Quality.

Quality Matters: Questions on Agile and Quality:

Relevant to this Round Table Discussion, please find and review the Agile Manifesto (2001) here:

The following questions on the topic of Agile and Quality will be up for discussion at the 8 March 2023 Section 0511 Round Table:

  1. Agile Adoption. Let us define "Agile Adoption" as converting a non-Agile project into an Agile one or as launching a new project as Agile. Do Agile Adoption initiatives come from Client, from Staff, from Management, or from Quality Professionals? Are promises to improve Product or Service Quality one of the arguments that they give when they advocate to adopt Agile?
  2. Quality Professionals in Agile Adoption. What is the role of Quality Professionals in the adoption of Agile? Did you as a Quality Professional participate in the Agile adoption on your project? If yes, then in what role? If not, then why not?
  3. Agile Manifesto: Interactions vs. Processes and Tools. The Agile Manifesto values "individuals and interactions over processes and tools". What processes or tools can be de-emphasized on an Agile project in favor of individuals and interactions without degradation of product or service quality? Did your project reduce any processes or tools when it became Agile?
  4. Agile Manifesto: Documentation vs. Working Product. The Agile Manifesto values "working software over comprehensive documentation". What documentation can be de-emphasized on an Agile project in favor assuring that the product or service really works? Did your project reduce documentation as a result of this Agile initiative?
  5. Agile Manifesto: Customer Collaboration vs. Contract. The Agile Manifesto values "customer collaboration over contract negotiation". What aspects of customer relationship can be improved by de-emphasizing contract negotiations? Did your project improve customer collaboration as a result of adoption of Agile?
  6. Agile Manifesto: Change Management vs. Plan. The Agile Manifesto values "responding to change over following a plan". How can responding to change be improved by de-emphasizing the rigor of plans. Did your project improve responding to change by less insistence on plans when you adopted Agile?
  7. Quality Improvement. Does Agile, in full or in part, improve product or service quality? Or does Agile only expedite the delivery of products and services? How did the experience of your Agile project support your opinion in this?
  8. New in Agile. Comparing Scrum and CMMI, Sprint Planning in Scrum is Planning in CMMI, Daily Scrum and Sprint Reviews in Scrum are Monitoring and Control in CMMI, Product Backlog is Requirements. The situation is similar in other methodologies. In light of this, which elements, if any, did the Agile Movement bring that the traditional Quality Improvement Frameworks did not? Did any of those new Agile elements help your project improve quality?
  9. Retrospectives vs. Lessons Learned. Do Agile Retrospectives replace the traditional lessons learned? Or do retrospectives and lessons learned coexist on the same projects?
  10. Verification and Validation. Does Agile displace the traditional V&V activities such as inspections, tests, and user acceptance? Did your project eliminate independent requirements definition, tests, or inspections in favor of Agile cross-functional Team work? If yes, has this improved quality?
  11. Audits and Appraisals. Should projects abandon Quality Assurance Audits and Compliance Appraisals such as CMMI or ISO when they adopt Agile? What should Auditors and Appraisers do when teams say: "We don’t do such-and-so process or document anymore because we are Agile now!"?
  12. Agile and Quality Methodologies. Do Agile Methodologies such as Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, PMI Disciplined Agile, Crystal Agile, and other replace Process and Quality Improvement Methodologies such as CMMI, ISO, Baldridge, ITIL, TQM, Six Sigma DMAIC, PDCA, Quality Circles and other? Did your project abandon your Quality Methodology such as CMMI credentials when it became Agile?
  13. Quality Professionals on an Agile Project. What is the role of Quality Professionals on an Agile Project? Should the Quality Professional participate in Agile "ceremonies" such as Scrum’s Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Reviews, or Sprint Retrospectives?
  14. Future of Agile and Quality. Is Agile just a fad that Quality Improvement and Quality Management need to survive? Will the Quality Movement become obsolete because of Agile? Or do you believe they will continue hand in hand or merge?

Read these questions now and become familiar with them. The questions discussed at the 8 March 2023 Round Table may be slightly modified from the above in case good improvements to those questions are identified; however, they will not differ significantly from the above, if at all.

You Speak Up, I Moderate:

At the March 2023 meeting, YOU are the speaker:

Moderator Background:

Charlotte Wild is a Quality Professional with extensive experience in software development, cloud migration, process improvement, management, CMMI, and Agile. She is the Quality Manager and the Scrum Master for a large government contractor.

Her experience includes process auditing and product compliance, championing process improvement initiatives, and serving as Scrum Master to cloud migration and software development teams. She has also worked on and audited mature CMMI organizations and teams.

Charlotte is an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) and a Certified Scrum Master. She has served as the Section’s Audit Chair since 2015 and has additionally joined as one of the Welcome Leads on the Section’s Welcome Committee since 2023.

Meeting Information

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Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 at 6:00 pm EST
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Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 at 7:00 pm EST
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Next Meeting:

Member Meeting on 12 April 2023, topic TBD

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