Shared experience

A while ago, I had an email question from Jennifer about logging defects, as her team was starting their first iteration. I asked her to let me know how it went, and here is her update. I loved it because I thought they accomplished some amazing things and had some great lessons learned so I […]

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Agile Testing Training Course

Lisa Crispin and I have created a course on Agile Testing with the focus on how testers transition from a traditional testing team to testing on an agile team. Over three days, we put theory into action through a variety of exercises. This course teaches testers how to fit into agile projects, contribute to the […]

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Titles, Roles and Leadership

A discussion on the agile testing list got me thinking about titles and authority and how they related to a culture in an organization, or on an agile team. To make it more real, let’s talk specifically about testers, although it could apply to any role. If a tester has a title of ‘Senior’, does […]

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Communication & Language Barriers

I’ve just finished speaking at a test conference (link to softwaretest) in Copenhagen, Denmark and came away with some incredible learnings and not all test related. First, I found out I still can’t understand a word of Danish, but that didn’t really matter because everyone spoke English to me (I envy people with fluent second […]

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Testers: The Hidden Resource

An article by Lisa Crispin and myslef just got posted on InformIT – “Testers: The Hidden Resource“. This was an idea that popped into Lisa’s head one day when she was driving to work, after we had just finished the book. We think testers have a lot more to offer than most development organizations realize. […]

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Traceability

At the beginning of February, there was a discussion on the agile testing yahoo group on traceability. The original question was “How do you know what piece of code affects what user stories and what documentation and what tests?” since agile values working code over documentation. In our book, Lisa and I have less than […]

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Review: The Gift of Time

I started reading “The Gift of Time” with certain expectations, but as I kept reading, I found those expectations challenged. I thought I would have a nice easy read about tributes to Jerry Weinberg. Instead, I found myself jotting down words and phrases as I was reading each of the essays. As a life long […]

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Is agile like eating pizza?

A few weeks ago I was talking to someone from the Netherlands who mentioned an analogy that Lee Copeland used when referring to agile development. It tweaked my interest so I emailed Lee to find out what he was really thinking. He used the analogy when the group was talking about all of the work […]

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First Posting – Trust

My first blog… I’ve been meaning to start this for a long time, but other things have kept me busy … things like writing a book. Now that it’s almost done, I can turn to other things I have been neglecting, like this. Something that has captured my interest in the last few months is […]

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