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How does QA fit in?

Liz! asked a question.  She and her team are starting agile and she can’t get much info on where QA fits into to Agile.

First, I want to reiterate Jeff Sutherland’s concern, that he biggest problem is that too many teams are not getting to wor…

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Agile Software Development Saves Lives!

Ahem. Actually that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I have to be honest with you. Agile software development probably doesn’t really save lives. There, you heard it from me first. I just felt like being melodramatic… Someone once joked with me that “agile is great, but you wouldn’t use it on an air traffic control system!” Actually, I would. In

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Agile Testing versus Waterfall Test Phases

I have recently been asked by a tester how agile testing compares to the various test phases in more traditional, waterfall development projects. For instance, after the code has been unit tested, are there several testing phases, such as system, integration and regression testing? Although these layers of testing do exist in agile projects, agile testing is integrated throughout the

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Advantages of Agile Software Development for Testers

This is a guest blog post from Ray Claridge, who writes a really interesting blog about agile testing caled Tester Troubles. Over to Ray… Moving into agile software development can be a daunting experience for any tester, and crawling the Internet for crumbs of comfort does little to ease the anxiety. I remember how I felt on my first day,

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Putting the *Analyst* into Test Analyst

For years, I’ve given Software Testers in my teams the official job title of Test Analyst, or something along those lines. Yet (informally) I’ve always referred to them as Testers. Only in more recent years – and especially since adopting Agile Software Development and User Stories – have I really discovered how to put the *Analyst* into Test Analyst. I’ve

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Agile Testing: The Changing Role of Testers

In my opinion, the most challenging role to adapt to agile development is the role of Tester. That’s because agile development contradicts so many things that many Testers have been taught is ‘best practice’. Testers might typically have gone through some recognised training such as ISEB certification. ISEB testing qualifications, for example, specifically acknowledge iterative-incremental development models, including agile methods.

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“One Team”

One of the key principles of agile development, and particularly Scrum, is the concept of “One Team”. The Scrum team should include all key roles for the product, wherever they report to, including Product Owner, Product Manager, Test Analyst, Developers, Business Analysts, and any others that might be appropriate such as SEO, Creative, User Research, etc. This is important for

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User Story Example

I recently described User Stories and the composition of a User Story Card – Card, Conversation and Confirmation. I’m not really sure if you would consider this user story example to be good, bad or indifferent – I guess it depends what you’re used to – but here is an example nevertheless! This is the front of the card. The

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Developers Can’t Test For Toffee!

In the more traditional world of managing software development projects, it is widely acknowledged that developers can’t test for toffee! Yet agile development methods increasingly seem to require or imply that all people in the project team should test, including developers. So, first of all, why is it that developers can’t test? Are we to believe that these highly intelligent

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Why Agile Testers Should Be In At The Start

In my experience, some people implement agile principles within the development team itself, but leave other key roles (for instance business users or testers) out of, or on the fringes, of the agile team. Earlier in my blog I wrote that active user involvement is imperative in agile development for a wide variety of reasons. It’s just as important for

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