Testing in Agile – seperate or integrated?

I’ve been thinking about how to organise testing within an iteration. The challenge is that activities within an iteration are particularly related to a specific story. However, there are aspects of testing that are larger than a single story (e. g. integration testing). There are testing activitie…
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The power of the BA

I was doing some spring cleaning recently and I started reading some old material I was meant to be filing (I am not a very efficient spring cleaner). I came across some of my notes on power, politics and negotiation in organisations.  Some of the main sources of power were: Being the “locus of…
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Emergent requirements in Civil Engineering

I often talk about how requirements emerge in software projects – how we initially express what we think is needed and over time the real understanding comes to light.   This approach is so common because so much of what we do in software projects is exploration – we don’t know what we don’t know…
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Top 10 exam tips

As Knowledge Engineers who work with people who are aiming for certification we often find people asking how to best do exams. This is really interesting! As established professionals in a field, it can be years since people have done an exam, so sometimes the exam can seem daunting and scary. So…
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Some holiday reading – what happens to testers on Agile projects

Once again I was talking to a client about the wonders of Agile project management when they revealed that their biggest need was improve the effectiveness of testing. I am not sure if it is because testing is where the symptoms of many different problems are highlighted or if it is because testing…
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Don’t let your buglets escape!

I caught up with an Agile team this week and learned a new word: buglet.   We were discussing how the move to Agile methods has improved the quality of their products – the test lead pointed out that they have found and fixed a total of 8 defects so far in the project, previously there would have…
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Pair Testing

Pair testing isn’t new and in fact it has more well known cousin in Pair programming. What it does well is that it allows for two different sets of eyes testing the product. Essentially one is the *driver* and drives the keyboard whilst the other is the *observer* or *navigator* (I prefer navigator…
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Make all work visible!

I have recently been working with some Agile teams who were struggling to deliver their planned velocity.   Stories were identified and estimated, elaborated and planned and the  team started work only to discover that no matter how carefully they planned they were ubable to deliver value at the…
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Agile methods gaining ground

In Q1 this year Forrester Research conducted a survey of organisations to guage the uptake of Agile methods.   The results: approx 30% of organisations today say they are using Agile methods, up from 8-10% 2 years ago. Chris West from Forrester presented the results at the recent HP Virtual…
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After Alistair Cockburn’s opening keynote address at Agile 2009 “I’ve Come to Bury Agile”, I’ve been thinking even more about the evolution of organizational ideas. This topic piques my interest on a recurring basis, so this time I thought I’d see what I could find out about organizational…
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36 Testing Heuristics

I was able to see James Bach at STANZ  2009 and one of his slides REALLY stood out. He called it the Thirty-Six Testing Heuristics, and he uses it as checklist or reminder of the key things that need to be considered in testing anything. Sounds good huh? Well here we…
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More on Agile 2009

The conference theme was “Making Agile Real” and I came away with the strong feeling that Agile is THE way of working in Information Technology today.   The conference tackled some of the significant challenges facing the Agile movement as we move from “small teams in small rooms tackling small…
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