Choosing Functional Test Tools for Large Organizations

In one of my tutorials at StarWest 2011, someone asked the question about choosing tools – specifically functional automation tools. I do believe teams should chose the tools that work best for their application, but sometimes we have to think beyond our immediate project team. As large organizations adopt agile, many are running into a […]

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I am a member of the Community of Thinkers

Jean Tabaka, Liz Keogh and others devised this statement and to me, it expresses the power behind a community of like thinkers. Patrick Wilson-Welsh mentions the idea of Network Weaving on his blog, and I like that idea as well; that also resonatated with me. Thank you Jean, Liz, Eric, and others for sharing. ——————————————————————————– A Community of […]

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Jigsaw Puzzles & Small Chunks – The Ending

I was not able to finish the puzzle I described in the previous blog during the week I was at the cabin, but I decided to finish the story. One of the reasons iterative & incremental development is so powerful is that we can deliver the highest priority items first. Although I didn’t finish the […]

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Jigsaw Puzzles & Small Chunks

One of the hardest things I find to get people to understand is how to think in small chunks when it comes to breaking up features and stories. One company I was recently talking to is still struggling on defining a release scope. They haven’t gotten the idea of thin slices, delivering small pieces and […]

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The Power of Personas in Exploratory Testing

There are many great articles and books on exploratory testing and I’m not going to try to explain what other people do better. What I do want concentrate on is the power of approaching your exploratory testing from different persona’s point of view. It occurred to me that I haven’t heard people talk much about […]

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Programmers as Testers?

There was an interesting and bit controversial thread on the agile testing yahoo group over the last couple of days. Some people thought that all agile testers should have programming skills. Others thought that programmers cannot possibly be good testers because they don’t consider overall quality. It raised a lot of thoughts in my mind, […]

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ATDD vs. BDD vs. Specification by Example vs ….

At Agile 2010, there were about 20 of us at the AA-FTT (Agile Alliance Functional Test Tools) workshop. The emphasis was on “the state of the practice” of Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD). In one of the breakout sessions, we had an interesting discussion on what we actually meant by ATDD, which made me think […]

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About Learning 2

We know about how people learn – auditory, visual, kinesthetically. But what about those things we can’t know – like people’s attitude, or how our brain perceives messages. This post comes about because of my reaction to a specific teaching style I experienced lately. Over the years, I have been exposed to ‘learning games’, the […]

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About Learning

There have been a number of discussions about certifications lately on some of the on-line groups. People seem to be either ‘for’ or ‘against’ testing certification. I am neither, but I am against advertising certification as a way to teach people how to test. The testing certification programs I am familiar with, only show that […]

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