Quality – What is it, and what’s the cost?

Last night (Feb 1rsts) at the Scotsman’s pub in Oslo after the XP Meetup, I had an interesting philosophical discussion with Tom Gilb, Geir Amdal and Rune Sørensen. My definition of quality is pretty simple – A product has a sufficient level of quality if it meets or exceeds customer’s expectations. I know it’s pretty […]

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Reviews in Agile

A few weeks ago on the agile testing list, a developer in a tester role asked about reviews – Where do they fit in the agile process? Lisa (www.lisacrispin.com) and I didn’t directly answer this concern in our book, so here are my thoughts about this subject. Organizations handle reviews differently, but I like to […]

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Resolutions for 2010

Last year was a bit of a blur for me. The book, Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams, that Lisa Crispin and I wrote, far exceeded expectations in sales. The need for courses on the subject also came unexpectedly. I spent the year travelling, giving the course and consulting. It was […]

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What is the real problem?

I’ve been seeing a pattern lately with some of the teams I’ve been training or coaching. Some have been doing agile for a couple of years but have gotten stuck in a rut and don’t seem to be able to find a way out of it. The same problems keep cropping up in retrospective after […]

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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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