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Wrapping up Agile Testing Days 2016

After being our delightful host and emcee all week, Mike Sutton finally got to do what he originally came to Potsdam to do – give his keynote on the power of Communities of Practice in testing. I’d never thought of what those words mean – a community, yes, but also practice. Where can we learn? […]

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When the whole team owns testing: Building testing skills

The Twitterverse and other social media continue to host many discussions on topics such as “Do testers need to code?” As Pete Walen points out in his recent post, the “whole team” approach to delivering software, popularized with agile development, is often misunderstood as “everyone must write production code”. The “Whole Team Approach” in practice […]

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Agile Requirements Exploration: How Testers Add Value – ExpoQA 2016

Raji Bhamidipati and I co-facilitated a day-long workshop at ExpoQA Madrid in June. We shared techniques testers can use with their teams to build shared understanding at the product, release, feature, iteration and story levels. Participants worked in teams to try out the various techniques and contribute their own experiences with ways to enable shared […]

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What I Learned Pairing on a Workshop

I pair on all my conference sessions. It’s more fun, participants get a better learning opportunity, and if my pairs are less experienced at presenting, they get to practice their skills. Big bonus: I learn a lot too! I’ve paired with quite a few awesome people. Janet Gregory and I have, of course, been pairing […]

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What skills help us build quality in?

Agile Testing Days 2015 is coming up November 9-12 in Potsdam, Germany. This year’s theme: “Embracing Agile for a Competitive Edge – Establish leadership by delivering early, rapid & iterative application releases”. To paraphrase Elisabeth Hendrickson, the ability to release business value frequently at a sustainable pace is the very definition of “agile”. That sustainable […]

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