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Fern Cats

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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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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