Whole Team Approach

Pairing station

Tips for tester-developer pairing

My article on pairing with developers is live on the Ministry of Testing. I love pairing with developers. It’s fun, and I learn so much. I feel we are really building quality in together, catching issues early, finding inconsistencies or questions to discuss with the product owner. Whether you’re a tester or a developer, I […]

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A Practical Guide to DevOps

Book Review: A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps by Katrina Clokie

Many of us have followed Katrina Clokie‘s blog posts and/or had the pleasure of hearing her present at conferences. Now she has compiled not only her broad experience but that of many other practitioners into this awesome book. I’ve just finished reading it and am sharing my thoughts on it here. This post is a […]

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Agile Testing Essentials video course

Agile Testing Essentials – LiveLessons video course

Janet Gregory and I offer our new five hour introduction to agile testing, based on our books, Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams, and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team. “Agile Testing Essentials” is for anyone working on or with a software delivery team who wants to learn the basic principles […]

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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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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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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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