Testing Small Stories

We like small stories. If we keep stories to a size we can finish in two or three days, there is less likelihood of a story “blowing up” because we vastly under-estimated it. Doing lots of small stories every iteration helps us get into a steady rhythm. We can manage our work in process more […]

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Please Review & Comment!

I’ve submitted three proposals to Agile 2010 and would love your feedback. Please review them – you will need to create a free account on the submission site if you don’t already have one. Workshop: Who Pays for All the Fun? Selling the Value of Testing in Agile Projects Tutorial: The Whole Team Approach to […]

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Writing About Testing

Chris McMahon has blogged about our Writing About Testing group. I’m so grateful to Chris for starting this group. We have a wonderful bunch of testers/writers. I really enjoy helping members who are new to writing get published for the first time. I also really appreciate the great help and advice I get about my […]

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When “Text Changes” Grow Crazy

Last sprint we had a half-point story, which in our world should be about a day of coding and testing, to do some “simple” text content changes on a wizard in our web application. It’s been a year since we had updated this part of the application (it mainly gets used from late January to […]

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Improving

It’s that time of year for resolutions. One important agile principle (to me, at least) is the idea of continuosly improving. We are always looking for experiments to try, ways to work better. (There’s discussion on Twitter right now about the label ‘agile’ – maybe it’s time to drop it and just let it be […]

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Grow Yourself with Rachel Davies and Liz Sedley

Agile Coaching, in my opinion, isn’t only for people who coach agile teams. If you’re in the software business, you’ll learn something valuable from this book. Start with the last chapter – “Growing You”. The only way to succeed in our industry is to continually learn and improve, and this chapter gives great suggestions how […]

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