Maik Nogens

Senior Test Consultant, Trending - Hamburg, Germany

    Maik works as a senior test consultant, where he focuses on the agile aspects of software testing. His 20+ years of work experience include working in the German Navy HQ, being a project leader in the Middle East as well as working in software development companies as a tester in different industries. He finished projects in the banking industry, in medical software companies and various agile adaptations. These range from Kanban implementation and conducting of Testing Dojos to the more traditional roles in test management, test infrastructure planning and tool support. As part of his passion to support the profession of testers and testing, he is very active in many peer and community setups. Maik is a co-founder of two international peer networks, GATE (German Agile Testing and Exploratory Workshop) and PotsLightning (the pre- Agile Testing Days event held in Potsdam). He runs several testing communities (STUGHH, ASQF SIG “Agility”) and established an English speaking testing community in his hometown Hamburg, Germany. In 2014 he designed and implemented the Software Testing World Cup (STWC). This global event is run like the Olympics and happens every two years. He is a black belt in the Miagi-Do School of Software Testing, attended the BBST course, is a practicing testing trainer, conducts Testing Dojos and runs workshops for Kanban, SCRUM and other agile areas. He is experienced with agile and testing concepts and holds several certificates (CAT, CABA, IREB, ISTQB Full Advanced Level, CSM, etc.).

    About his talk

    How the XING Team Created a Successful Content Platform from Scratch

    As a tester in a big head count team with a complex application supporting three platforms, one must become very agile to stay on top or drown. How the XING News team created a successful content platform from scratch in less than two years in an established product environment.

    ———– XING consists of over 30 DST (dedicated standing teams), organized in several business units. Most of them are feature teams, meaning they have the people and skills to develop a “full stack” feature on web, Android and IOS. XING is “Mobile Unleashed” and most often “Mobile First”. The XING News team was created with a management bet that a content platform within the existing XING ecosystem will be of value to the customers. In 2014 the development started with their first product; curated industry news send as email newsletters in a team of circa 12 people, one tester included. In mid-2017 the same team consists of ca. 45 people. 15 editors, 12 developer, 5 UX/Design, 5 product owners, 1 director, 1 agile coach, 1 team lead, 3 tester and an office dog. We explored, developed and delivered 6 separate product lines and still have enough ideas for a few more. We iterate on existing features and create new ones. 2017 is the year of “Video” for XING. How does the tester (and the remaining team) handle this pace? —————

    This talk will give an overview, how testers are involved in XING, how a strong tester community was build and how we handle the balance of continuous delivery in web versus the constraints in submitting to App Stores. The talk also gives a glimpse into a typical iteration for a tester in an agile development team and what (maybe) non-typical tasks are done.