Agile testing is not a methodology

This year at the EuroStar conference in Dublin, I was asked to do a 5 minute “Soap Box” talk. To me, that meant that I could do a little rant, so this is pretty much what I said, although perhaps not exactly. A while ago, someone came up to me and said “How should we […]

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Distributed Teams – my experience

Over the past decade or so, I’ve been working with teams that work in a distributed environment and giving advice about ways to make it work. Lisa Crispin (my co-author of Agile Testing) and I are a distributed / dispersed team of sorts. She lives in Denver, U.S. and I live in Calgary, Canada. While […]

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Janet Gregory at Agile 2013

Agile 2013 – Stalwart Session

In August, I was at the Agile 2013 conference in Nashville Tennessee along with ~1700 people. I attended talks, participated in open space sessions, Lean coffee sessions, and multiple hallway conversations and learned from all of them. This year I didn’t give a talk but participated in the Stalwart stage which was one of my […]

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Impact Mapping

Book Reviews: Discover to Deliver and Impact Mapping

I recently read two new books:  Impact Mapping by Gojko Adzic, and Discover to Deliver by Ellen Gottesdiener and  Mary Gorman. I have posted both my reviews below, but I wanted to add a few words about the synergy I felt between them.  I believe that if delivery teams use both techniques – Impact Mapping […]

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View into test planning at the release level

View into test planning at the release level One of the common pitfalls of agile teams is “Forgetting the big picture”.  Lisa Crispin and I wrote an  article for informIT in May 2012 http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1905881.  Teams tend to focus on individual stories, and often don’t think about the feature or the system until the end game when […]

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Upcoming public courses and talks

I’m getting ready to go on a 2 month road trip through Europe and South Africa. I thought I’d put my schedule up here so folks can join me at the place closest to them. Aug 14-15th: Webinar: Automation on agile projects     http://www.sqetraining.com/training/course/agile-test-automation Whole Team Approach to Agile Testing Course – Europe August 27–29: […]

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Testing the Big Picture

One of the top seven success factors that Lisa Crispin and I talk about in the summary chapter of our book Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams is “Look at the Big Picture”. We talk about using the agile testing quadrants to help think about all types of testing, and how […]

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