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CQAA November 2018 Speaker Program: Owning Quality in a Cross-Functional Agile Team

  • 15 Nov 2018
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Hosted by Morningstar Morningstar 22 W Washington St. Chicago, IL Conference Room: drum on 14th floor


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Owning Quality in a Cross-Functional Agile Team

Gary Pedretti, Sodoto Solutions

About the Topic

The idea that “everyone owns quality” is often an empty sentiment, but an effective, cross-functional Scrum team will deliver on that promise. Using a few simple techniques in Scrum – a shared and single definition of “done,” taking thin slices through the application architecture, delivery of truly shippable features, and immediate elimination of bugs, ensure that quality cannot fall out of scope and testing time cannot get pinched at the end of a development cycle. Agile techniques complementary to Scrum – Test-Driven Development, continuous integration, refactoring, and sustainable pace – also contribute to quality. Gary will talk about how these work in the real world and how they add up to more than the sum of their parts through the secret ingredient – an attitude of ownership. I will also cover how this attitude aligns perfectly with what we know about the innate drives of Knowledge Workers.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Defining "quality" in a Scrum environment
  • Techniques to achieve quality in Scrum
  • Attitudes of ownership and "owning quality"

About the Speaker

Gary Pedretti has over twenty years of experience in technology. He works closely with companies, from the Fortune 100 to small volunteer organizations, to help them achieve their goals in delivering business value through software. Gary is an agile software development trainer, coach, and practitioner, as well as a curriculum developer, application architect, and software craftsman. He sees agile software development as a natural outgrowth of the lessons learned in the software industry. Gary is a Professional Scrum Trainer for Ken Schwaber’s and has trained thousands of students on Scrum – coders, testers, UX specialists, BAs, DBAs, PMs, managers, and C-suite executives – using experiential, immersive courses. He has also mentored and trained four other trainers, who went on to teach hundreds of additional students over the past three years.


Hosted by Morningstar

22 W Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60056
Conference Room: drum on 14th floor


1:30 - 2:00 Sign-in and Networking
2:00 - 2:15 Announcements
2:15 - 4:00 Presentation (15 minute break at 2:45)


Please register by November 14, 2018, at If you have any questions, please contact

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