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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Experiment with Example Mapping

At Agile 2015, I learned about example mapping from Matt Wynne. Linda Rising’s session reinforced my enthusiasm to continue doing small, frugal experiments.I came back to work the following week feeling like it would be pretty easy to try an experiment with example mapping. You can use example mapping in your specification workshops, Three Amigos […]

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Adventures in Retrospectives: Helping a large team focus!

I’m a tester on a (to me) relatively large team. Recently I was asked to facilitate an all-hands retro for our entire team. I’d like to share this interesting and rewarding experience. It’s not easy for a large team to enjoy a productive retrospective. I hope you’ll share your experiences, too. At the time of […]

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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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The Illusion of Control

Recently I listened to one of Amitai Schlair’s excellent Agile in 3 Minutes podcasts (also available on iTunes), about Control. We had a brief Twitter conversation about it with Karina B., aka @GertieGamer. Amitai tweeted, “We can’t control what happens to us, but we control how we’d like to feel about it next time + […]

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