Agile Testing: Key Points for Unlearning

When quality assurance teams and management who have adopted Agile practices first put the ideas to work, they face a significant impediment in unlearning the traditional mind-set and practices that experience in traditional practices has instilled in them. “He who knows to unlearn, learns best.” — Anonymous The following are some of the key aspects …

Proposal for an Open Work Space

Agile stresses instant and easy communication and is built on teams working efficiently together. This necessitates an open work space environment. A characteristic of an effective team is a high level of collaboration, making the physical work environment an important factor. Cubicles should be eliminated in favor of an open work space in an effort …

Spotlight Interview – Janet Gregory

Janet Gregory draws from her own experience in helping agile teams address alternative ways to cope with roadblocks including projects without clear documentation, testers with limited domain knowledge and dealing with either black box or white box testing. For testing on projects without clear documentation, is exploratory the only method? I often make “tester errors” …

Agile Retrospectives

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.