Category: Agile testing

How to write a test strategy

I’ve documented my overall approach to rapid, lightweight test strategy before but thought it might be helpful to post an example.  If you haven’t read the original post above, see that first. This is the a sanitised version of the first I ever did, and while there are some concessions to enterprise concerns, it mostly […]

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More haiku updates

I’ve added some new ones, need to take one out. At some point, there should probably be a bunch of Scaled Agile haiku. See the agile haiku page.

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Does cucumber suck?

I’ve been having a lot of rants about Cucumber of late, as it’s the new shiny thing for agile teams.  Does anyone else have issues with it?  I’ve asked all of my programmer friends to convince me of its worth, and they’ve all failed so far.  I’ve not seen it adding any value above building […]

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Even more agile Haiku

I’ve added a couple more agile haiku. The essence seems to be getting a bit less essential, so I think at some point a refactoring is going to be in order.

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Session tester – A tool for note-taking (for now)

I’ve been helping out testing Jonathan Kohl’s Session Tester over the last few months. While the second release was the first that appeared to meet my needs to a degree, it had a few critical problems that lead to data loss. If I’m taking notes, the most critical feature is that my notes be preserved. […]

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More agile and software-development Haiku

Time has passed, and I thought it was time to update my thoughts on what’s critical to successful software testing (and development). While originally, I started noting important ideas for agile teams, Increasingly, I find most of these apply no matter what environment I’m working in. Check them out on my Haiku page.

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Test automation models, dehumanising testers and Agile dysfunctions

This tweet was forwarded to me yesterday: martinfowler: Manual scripted testing should be a human rights violation It bothered me on a few levels. Firstly, the simplicity of phrasing around manual and scripted testing. Secondly, that agile developers might view themselves as the saviour of oppressed testers everywhere, and the perpetuation of the concept of […]

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Requirements and specifications: What's the difference and what's it to you?

There have been a number of threads I have followed in a few different forums recently where people have discussed requirements, what it means for requirements to be ‘good’, and what it might mean for requirements to be unambiguous. What usually follows is a long-winded back and forth, with no resolution. At the heart of […]

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Making user stories work (by writing use cases instead)

I’ve had a few common rants on most of the agile projects I have worked on. Developers bogged down in the detail of stories, while the critical goals of the system wound up ignored, or realising at the last minute that all of the stories built would do nothing useful. The ideas I came to […]

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