Jaco van der Merwe

Jaco van der Merwe

CEO, DVT

Why Opt For Agile Software Testing? The Answer May Surprise You

 

There is significant proof that software development and testing, using an agile approach, achieves better results. That said, one of the key reasons for agile’s success is not well understood or recognised. In this talk, you will hear how an unintended effect of agile is one of motivating teams to perform better, and in particular on addressing the key motivation factors of millennials. With an average agile software development team comprising more than 70% millennials, understanding how to motivate them and how agile achieves this, will significantly improve the success rate of your software development projects. In this case, the phrase “Without sufficient motivation, success is unlikely” strongly applies to software development teams.

Jaco heads DVT, a company with more than 600 staff that specialises in agile software development, testing and related services for clients in South Africa and the United Kingdom. He has more than 20 years IT experience in the field of software development and has been involved in the architecture, design and construction of various size software development projects, some of which were in the utilities, financial and insurance industries. Jaco holds a doctor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Johannesburg and has focused his PhD research on object-oriented software design and information security.