Testing-related articles and publications:
Success Factors for Distributed Teams, SearchSoftwareQuality, March 2013
And another article on Software Testing in Distributed Teams in Methods and Tools, March 2013
I regularly publish Ask the Expert Q&As and Agile testing-related tips on SearchSoftwareQuality.com, please click that link to see a list.
“Story Mapping the Wrong Way” on Techwell/Stickyminds December 12, 2011
Interview with Mary Gorman about her upcoming Agile 2011 session and the Agile BA book she’s writing with Ellen Gottesdiener on Search Software Quality
The June issue of Tea Time for Testers includes an article I wrote on learning to communicate better with programmers.
I wrote about a recent experiment my team tried to motivate the business to have all user story requirements ready by our sprint planning meeting in my new Techwell blog.
Read about my experiences at ACCU 2011 at TechTarget.
Here is the article on test automation design for my tutorial session May 2 at StarEast. I had intended it as a handout but it got lost in the shuffle somehow.
Janet Gregory and I co-wrote a two-part series for Better Software Magazine called Learning for Testers. We have some more related information that wouldn’t fit in the print magazine on Techwell. We’d love to hear your ideas and feedback.
I have a new article on TechTarget’s SearchSoftwareQuality.com site, “Getting on the Same Page: How Testers Can Help Clarify Requirements”. I’d love to hear of your own experiences in this area.
Agile Documentation on StickyMinds – I get lots of questions about documentation in agile projects, and attempt to answer them here by sharing how my teams have approached documentation.
Automated test scripts: The Smartphones of testing: How to use automated tests to take the tedium out of manual exploratory testing and make more time for the serious exploration.
Selling Agile to the CFO, on Software Quality Connection: Are you a developer who’s trying to be a change agent, getting your company to try agile development? Surprisingly, it can be fairly easy to get the CFO on your side.
Estimation Roller Coaster, in StickyMinds.com: Estimating is hard. How do we do it right? Why do we have to do it, anyway?
Agile Record Column:
I was asked to write a column in Agile Record. I call it “Agile Testing in Real Life”, and the first installment is on setting our learning objectives for 2011. Please check out the latest issue, which has lots of great content, including a fascinating interview with James Bach and Michael Bolton, and an article on Three Improvement Strategies with Jurgen Appelo.
“What Donkeys Taught Me About Agile Development“, Agile Record, October 2010. If you’ve met me or attended one of my presentations, you know about my miniature donkeys, Ernest and Chester. Driving my donkeys is my avocation, but working with them has given me insights that have helped me succeed with agile software development. Read the article to learn what donkeys teach about trust, donkey energy, enjoyment and more.
An Introduction to Test Automation Design, The Testing Planet, July 2010. One of the leading causes of failure of test automation is poor test design. Learn how you can get on the right road to maintainable automated tests.
Here is an updated version of the Test Automation Design article with updated links to the newer Robot Framework pages.
FitNesse – a Tester’s Perspective tool review in the Summer 2010 issue of Methods and Tools magazine
A Testers’s Learning Journey, InfoQ, June 2010. I share stories of my own learning journey, and how it has translated into career grown and job satisfaction. I hope it will inspire others on their own learning journeys.
What’s a Tester Without a QA Team with Janet Gregory, published in the March issue of Agile Journal.
The “One Right Way“, a Stickyminds Blog post that’s gotten a lot of good comments.
“We’re All in the Same Boat“, another Stickyminds Blog post inspired by Jeff Patton.
Be the Worst by Dawn Cannan, with a sidebar by me, published in Agile Record, January 2010. Dawn explains how and why to surround yourself with the best people!
Testers: The Hidden Resource, with Janet Gregory, InformIT, February 2009 – Testers are an underutilized resource – read how software development organizations could get much more by leveraging their talents.
The Tester Who Came In from the Cold, Better Software, October 2008 – How agile development is helping to integrate testers into the development and customer teams
To Track or Not to Track, Better Software, June 2007 – Should we “fix and forget” bugs, or log them for posterity?
Driving Software Quality: How Test-Driven Development Impacts Software Quality, IEEE Software, November 2006
The Democratization of Test Tools, Better Software, July 2006
Hiring an Agile Tester, Better Software, March 2006
Tool Look – Canoo WebTest, Better Software, November 2006
An oldie but a goodie – XP Testing without XP (substitute “agile” for “XP” and it’s still relevant), in Methods and Tools, 2003
Testing Extreme Programming, with Tip House, Addison-Wesley, 2002
Women in Agile Project
In 2010, I helped Mike Sutton with the program he headed up, the Agile Alliance-sponsored Diversity in Agile program. For our first project, we asked people around the globe to introduce us to awesome women in agile software development, and we interviewed several of them. The interviews were shown at Agile 2010 and are also available online. We’re working on a new project for 2011 – stay tuned for more information!
Non-Testing Articles (But Still Could Be Relevant!)
I have a sidebar in a wonderful article by my friend and Feldenkrais practitioner Pamela Beeets about a lesson she gave to me and my donkey Chester. The bond between human and animal and how it affects their work together is not so different than the bond between humans and humans!