Practice, Practice, Practice!

The latest issue of Agile Record is out, and includes some terrific articles by Gojko Adzic, Jurgen Appelo, Ellen Gottesdiener, Johanna Rothman, Linda Rising, Catherine Powell and several more – what an incredibly talented and diverse group of contributors! My “Agile Testing in Real Life” column is about practicing our software development (that includes testing) […]

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Belgium Testing Days: A Look at a European Conference

I wrote up my experiences at the excellent Belgium Testing Days conference which took place in February. In particular, I thought about what is different for me at conferences outside the U.S. compared with “domestic” conferences. They’re all great learning and networking opportunities, but culture makes for some nice differences. Overall it was a wonderful […]

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CodeRetreat Boulder: A Tester’s Experience

This past Saturday I was fortunate to be one of the 60 people enrolled for the largest Code Retreat ever, Code Retreat Boulder, facilitated by Corey Haines and Chad Fowler, organized by Prakash Murthy. This was my first Code Retreat, though I’ve worked on teams practicing TDD, pair programming, and good design practices for more […]

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Book Review: Managing Software Debt by Chris Sterling

When I read Earl Everett’s foreword to Managing Software Debt: Building for Inevitable Change, I knew I wanted to keep reading. He points out that “system architecture is a human activity”, and that Agile recognizes the humanness of systems development. That’s my experience, and this book affirmed that delivering valuable software frequently and consistently over […]

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My First Weeknight Tester Session!

I’ve been wanting to try Weekend Testing for ages, but I’m usually swamped on the weekends. The European chapter that does Weeknight Testing (@WNTesting on Twitter; hashtag #WNTesting) works great for me because the time ends up being during my lunchtime. I tried it for the first time today. Our mission was to do functional […]

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