Category Archives: Agile Testing

Topics or discussions for improving testing practices that are agreeable with Agile Principles

It’s Always Risky Business with Web Applications

There is a sign on the front door of our office building. It’s been there all winter. It says something like this: “Would the last person leaving the building please make sure the doors are locked? They sometimes stick”. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Did Sesame Street Impact the Adoption of Agile Methodology?

History of Sesame Street The first episode of Sesame Street aired in November 1969. It was aimed at preschoolers and was based on any number of research studies. ‘It wanted to be an educational program due to the common thought … Continue reading

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Creating Success in a Distributed Agile Team

Agile development methodologies focus on highly collaborative team environments that are continuously planning, developing, testing, integrating and delivering functional software. In such environments, constant feedback and communication are critical and there are small margins for errors and delays. In the … Continue reading

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When To Get Serious About Testing

Some years back, I taught a course on software configuration management. In that course, we discussed the benefits and drawbacks to integrating change control within the software development process considering that the software is being actively developed or matured during … Continue reading

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Exploratory Testing on Agile Projects

Exploratory testing provides both flexibility and speed, characteristics that have become increasingly important with the quick pace of short agile iterations. But, how do you retain traceability without losing your creativity? The answer is xBTM – a combination of session-based … Continue reading

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xBTM: Harnessing the Power of Exploratory Testing

Exploratory testing provides both flexibility and speed, characteristics that have become increasingly important, especially with the quick pace of short agile iterations.  But, how do you retain traceability in exploratory testing without losing your creativity? How do you, as a … Continue reading

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Follow-up on xBTM

Background At STARWest 2011, I gave a talk about xBTM together with Michael Albrecht. Jon Bach was in the audience, and he gave us some very valuable feedback on our idea and how we presented it. This blog post is … Continue reading

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UAT as a Lean Startup

User acceptance testing (UAT) – that misunderstood human activity that is squeezed from front to back by late delivery and set-in-stone go-live dates – is an opportunity to use lean tactics. The user acceptance team is a cross-functional team. An … Continue reading

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Feature Advocacy

Take everything you know about bug advocacy – the art of maximizing the likelihood that any given bug is fixed as per its impact on those who care about it – and direct it towards feature advocacy – the art … Continue reading

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Going To The Extreme – xBTM

Now that the project has finished it is time to sum up my experiences of adapting Thread-Based Test Management (TBTM). Since I generally do not believe in rigorously adhering to a protocol, I ended up not using TBTM strictly, but … Continue reading

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