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 WengerAbout 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
•Good ideas take time to move across the organisation
•Its difficult to move outside your world, to learn new things
- 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….