Monthly Archives: May 2011

LogiGear Magazine – May 2011 – The Test Process Improvement Issue

LogiGear Magazine – May 2011 – The Test Process Improvement Issue


Get High Performance Out of Your Testing Team

Michael Hackett

Testing is often looked upon by many as an unmanageable, unpredictable, unorganized practice with little structure. It is common to hear questions or complaints from development including:

  • What are test teams doing?
  • Testing takes too long
  • Testers have negative attitudes

Agile Retrospectives

Mark Levison

Continuous Improvement and Short Feedback loops (think: Test Driven Development; Sprint Demo/Review; …) are at the core of any Agile process. Without a structured improvement process it can be difficult for teams to improve and without improvement we stagnate. For methods like Scrum, XP and et al., Retrospectives are that tool.


Letter From The Editor – May 2011

On the whole, everyone wants to do a great job, have a better work environment, happy clients and customers, and to be employed by a company earning lots of money. All great goals!

But this is not always the case. When it is not, you can suggest process improvements, better tool use, different estimating techniques, etc. Suggestions are generally evaluated based upon whether they are opinions, complaints, thoughtful, useful, possible or even mean-spirited.


Rob Lambert: The Social Tester

Creative Director at the Software Testing Club, Rob Lambert always has something to say about testing. Lambert regularly blogs at TheSocialTester where he engages his readers with test cases, perspectives and trends.

“Because It’s Always Been Done This Way”

Study the following (badly drawn) image and see if there is anything obvious popping in to your head.


Agile Retrospectives: The Preventative Medicine


One of the features of using Agile methods is the opportunity for continuous improvement within a project. There are a number of improvement opportunities throughout a typical iteration or sprint─over the next few weeks I’m going to walk through a few, starting this week with the Retrospective. Retrospectives are one of the many tools in Scrum and other Agile methods that are absolute must-haves for continuous improvement.


Timeout with Evangeline Mitchell

Following highly sought out native-English speakers for teachers in Asia, are Filipinos. They’re strong presence in the US medical profession as hardworking and professional employees stand in equal measure within English teaching courses in developing countries. In the Philippines, English is the medium in which all courses are taught from the sciences to the humanities. It is only appropriate that they have the closest accent to an American.

Filipino teacher Evangeline Mitchell has taught English not only in Viet Nam but also in Thailand, Burma, Myanmar and for the United Nations for over twenty years with her American husband, who is also a teacher. Her background is based heavily with international schools and universities but enjoys her switch to a more business environment with LogiGear VN. Mitchell takes time between classes to answer a few questions:


Book Review: How We Test at Microsoft

Bryan Pendleton

I’ve been intending to write a book review of How We Test Software At Microsoft, by Alan Page, Ken Johnston, and Bj Rollison, but for whatever reason I just never found the time, until now.

In general, I like this book a lot. It’s a nice blend of the tactical and the strategic, of the pragmatic and the theoretic, and it covers a lot of ground in a very readable fashion. It’s hard to imagine anybody who is seriously interested in software testing who wouldn’t find something that interested them in the book.


Spotlight Interview with Mark Levison

Mark Levison has over twenty years experience in the IT industry, working as a developer, manager, technical lead, architect, and consultant. He  discovered Agile in 2001 and is now a Certified Scrum Trainer and Agile Coach with Agile Pain Relief Consulting.


Levison has introduced Scrum, Lean and other Agile methods to a number of organizations and coaches from executive level to the individual developer and tester. Levison is also an Agile editor at InfoQ and has written dozens of articles on Agile topics and publishes a blog – Notes from a Tool User. Mark’s training benefits from his study and writing on the neuroscience of learning: Learning Best Approaches for Your Brain. To contact Mark Levison, please email him at


Book Excerpt: The Agile Samurai

Jonathan Rasmusson

Author Jonathan Rasmusson explains in his latest book how to successfully set-up, execute and deliver Agile projects. Download the excerpt below for “Chapter 7: Estimation The Fine Art of Guessing.” To read his interview in last month’s issue, please click on “Spotlight Interview: Jonathan Rasmusson” to read his views on the best practices for test automation in Agile projects.




Jonathan Rasmusson

As an experienced entrepreneur and former agile coach for ThoughtWorks, Rasmusson has consulted internationally, helping others find better ways to work and play together. When not coaching his sons’ hockey teams or cycling to work in the throes of a Canadian winter, Jonathan can be found sharing his experiences with agile delivery methods at his blog, The Agile Warrior. Developer by trade, Jonathan Rasmusson engages with LogiGear’s inquisitive staff to give us insight on how he addresses various agile test automation challenges. An excerpt from chapter seven of his book, titled “Planning Agile Projects’ Estimation – The Fine Art of Guessing” will be included in next month’s issue focused on Test Process Improvement. More excerpts can be found at The Pragmatic Bookshelf.