learning

A pairing journey

Pairing For Learning – Across the Team

I’ve written a lot about pairing over the years, most recently about strong-style pairing with others on my team. Pairing is an excellent way to transfer skills, it offers a lot of advantages for overcoming cognitive biases when testing, and it’s just plain fun. For most of the 4.5 years I’ve been on my current […]

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Don't drink and test!

Wrapping up Agile Testing Days 2016

After being our delightful host and emcee all week, Mike Sutton finally got to do what he originally came to Potsdam to do – give his keynote on the power of Communities of Practice in testing. I’d never thought of what those words mean – a community, yes, but also practice. Where can we learn? […]

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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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