Mette Bruhn-Pedersen


Mette Bruhn-Pedersen has a mission: Help testing professionals build the needed competencies and skills so they can continue to be valuable contributors in agile organisations and avoid being perceived as impediments or worst case as obsolete. Mette started on her mission in 2017 because she experienced first-hand some of the typical challenges which companies and testing professionals face when move from team agility to business agility. To bring attention to the challenge she wrote the eBook “Testing and Quality in the Scaled Agile Framework for Lean Enterprises” together with Derk-Jan de Grood. She also gave talks and tutorials on the topic at conferences in several countries. Today Mette leads the development of the new Agile Test Leadership at Scale (ATLaS) certification in ISTQB as the product owner in her spare time. People in the testing profession must be able to support their organisation innovate how they build and deliver quality products and services as the organisation moves towards business agility. The purpose of ATLaS is to help testing professionals and people in leader roles build some of the needed competencies and skills to do that. Mette works as an agile transformation leader and coach at Safe Journey. Since 2014 Mette has helped managers, QA & Test leads, technical and business teams on their journey from building agile teams to agile organisations and business agility.
Tutorial: Agile Test Leadership at Scale


Business agility and agile at scale have become the new normal in many companies. It impacts the way we think about and work with quality and testing. Unfortunately, the guidance for test managers and people in leading roles have been lacking for quite a while. As a response, ISTQB is now developing a new certification to help you build the competencies and skills to thrive in a value-driven organization. The focus is on the challenges that spans multiple teams and therefore need to be tackled on an organizational level.

First, to support agile transformation we need to adopt a mindset, culture, methods, etc. which supports business agility. This approach is called quality assistance and builds on principles from many different disciplines like lean, agile, devops, and systems thinking.

The role of a test manager or test leader changes and more effort should be spent on enabling others.

In this tutorial, you will learn:

  • how quality assistance differs from a traditional approach
  • what personal skills become crucial to strengthen quality and testing on an organizational level
  • value stream mapping as a technique to improve quality and testing on an organizational level


In this tutorial, you will get a taste of the coming certification “ISTQB Agile Test Leadership at Scale”.

The tutorial is aimed at people who have a leader role or who are interested in learning more about test leadership.

It is highly recommended that participants have some experience with agile at scale and are familiar with Scaled Agile Framework and LeSS.