Fern Cats

Telling stories together while practicing critical thinking with VTS

We use our story telling and critical thinking skills constantly as we test and develop software. How often do we practice those skills on something other than features we are going to release to production? Musicians practice their craft. Even coders can practice their craft with katas and code retreats. How can we practice telling […]

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A pairing journey

Pairing For Learning – Across the Team

I’ve written a lot about pairing over the years, most recently about strong-style pairing with others on my team. Pairing is an excellent way to transfer skills, it offers a lot of advantages for overcoming cognitive biases when testing, and it’s just plain fun. For most of the 4.5 years I’ve been on my current […]

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Exploring Features and Stories: Lisa & Janet’s Agile Testing Days Tutorial

We hope you’ll join us at Agile Testing Days in Potsdam this December, and we invite you to join our tutorial on Day One! Our tutorial title is “Exploring Features and Stories: How Testing Helps Build Shared Understanding”. Lots of words – what do we mean by that? What might you learn in our hands-on […]

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equine driving pair

More “Strong Style Pairing” Experiences

Following on to my previous post about strong style pairing for testing, I must say that this takes practice! And, I think maybe strong style pairing may not be the best way approach for all pairing situations, but I am learning more benefits of it. I had a golden opportunity to pair with my awesome […]

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Pair Testing

I’ve been meaning to write about pair testing for ages. It’s something I still don’t do enough of. Today I listened to an Agile Amped podcast about strong style pairing with Maaret Pyhäjärvi & Llewellyn Falco. I’ve learned about strong style pairing from Maaret and Llewellyn before, and even tried mob programming with them at various […]

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