Overcoming test automation challenges

Janet Gregory and I enjoyed participating in the Quality in Agile conference in Vancouver April 20-21. We paired on a keynote: “Do testers need to code… to be useful?” Our opinion in a nutshell: testers need technical awareness to collaborate effectively with all their team members, but our software delivery teams already should have expert […]

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Pausing to reflect

In the past couple months I blogged about the spike that JoEllen Carter (@TestingMojo) and I have been doing on automating UI smoke tests for our team’s iOS app: Pairing on a Mission and Continuing the Mission… and continually improving. Today we did a tech talk for our team reporting on what we’ve done so […]

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The Future is Here

Agile Testing Days 2014’s theme was the future of agile testing. What challenges are ahead, and how will we address them? Janet Gregory and I facilitated a workshop with experienced agile practitioners designed to identify some of the biggest issues related to testing and quality, and come up with experiments we can try to help […]

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Teamwork for building in quality

I can’t say it enough: it takes the whole team to build quality into a software product, and testing is an integral part of software development along with coding, design and many other activities. I’d like to illustrate this yet again with my experience a couple days ago. Recently our team has been brainstorming and […]

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How to help developers grok testing

I presented a session called “Developers who grok testing: Why I love them and how they mitigate risk” at CodeMash. We did a mini workshop, dividing into groups to brainstorm what devs need to learn about testing in order to grow towards grokking it. How can testers and developers communicate and collaborate better? Take a […]

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Codemash: Advanced Topics in Agile Testing Workshop

Thanks to the participants in today’s workshop! We tackled quite a few tough testing-related issues that many agile teams encounter. The slides, pictures of all the outcomes such as topics, impact maps and brainwriting pages, are available here. After each table group identified their most burning testing issues, they created SMART goals for each one […]

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