A Community of Practice is a group of people who come together to share an interest in a particular discipline, in this case Test Engineering as a integrated part of the SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle). This is the start of a series of blog posts on our Test Community of Practice within the Information Services Group at Napier highlighting good practice within Test Engineering.

Why do we need a Community of Practice?

“…They provide a concrete organizational infrastructure for realizing the dream of a learning organization..” Etienne Wenger

About Etienne – wenger-trayner

•It’s easy to get isolated in multi team environments, the usual communication points are others in your world

•Most of your focus is on your specialism, you work in a team inside this specialism

•Knowledge silos

•Good ideas take time to move across the organisation

•Its difficult to move outside your world, to learn new things

What is a Community of Practice?

  • A safe place to share areas of interest and concern
  • Are focused on a specific topic
  • Helps to support the organisations goals
  • Provides a support network for its members
  • A place to experiment and try out or discuss new ideas
  • Helps to break down organisational silos
  • Can help to build capability
  • BUT it only works if people contribute….
Building Successful Communities of Practice by Emily Webber