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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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Guna Petrova, my husband Bob Downing, Marianne Duijusst, Gitte Klitgaard, Jack Gregory, Janet Gregory, Stephan Kämper

Wrapping Up Agile Testing Days 2017

Eeek, 2017 is over soon and I have one more post about the Agile Testing Days 2017 conference! Yes, it has been quite a few weeks ago now, but like most of you, the combination of work, side projects and holiday merriment have meant a lack of blogging time. I’m just going to squeak this […]

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Transferring testing skills

My team currently has more than 20 programmers, and two testers. One of those testers is also the testing and support manager, and I also help with support. In terms of the quintessential “tester-developer ratio”, that sounds a bit dire. But we take a whole-team approach. The programmers pair all the time, they are excellent […]

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Linda Rising’s Stalwarts session at Agile 2015

The Agile 2015 Stalwarts session are a fishbowl type discussion with leading lights of agile. I learn so much from Linda Rising every time I hear her talk (and when I read her book with Mary Lynn Manns, More Fearless Change). Do go watch videos of Linda’s recent keynotes. Whether it’s about bonobos or the […]

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