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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What skills help us build quality in?

Agile Testing Days 2015 is coming up November 9-12 in Potsdam, Germany. This year’s theme: “Embracing Agile for a Competitive Edge – Establish leadership by delivering early, rapid & iterative application releases”. To paraphrase Elisabeth Hendrickson, the ability to release business value frequently at a sustainable pace is the very definition of “agile”. That sustainable […]

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Weekend Testing Fun

I love Weekend Testing and the chance it gives to collaborate with and learn from testing practitioners around the world. However, weekends are my only time to play with my donkeys and catch up with friends and family, so I rarely have time. In past years, I was able to participate in Weeknight Testing Europe, […]

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(Some of) what I learned at Agile 2015

Warning – really long! I learned so much! It was a hectic week for me. I co-chaired the Testing & Quality Track with Markus Gärtner, which meant I went to a lot of sessions in our track – no hardship! I also did an Agile Boot Camp session on “Everyone Owns Quality” with Janet Gregory, […]

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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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