Agile Testing – Testing from Day 1 Presentation
Acceptance Test Driven Development

Agile Testing – Testing from Day 1 Presentation

At the 2019 Global Scrum Gathering in Austin, TX, I presented on Agile Testing. Below is the abstract of the talk, along with links to the Agile Testing blog series and the presentation slides. 2019 Austin Global Scrum Gathering Abstract: Many teams struggle with fitting in testing activities inside of a Sprint. They end up doing…

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Top 8 Things to Consider for Your Agile Testing Strategy
Top 8 Things to Consider For Your Agile Testing Strategy

Top 8 Things to Consider for Your Agile Testing Strategy

To summarize, here are the top 8 things to consider when developing your Agile testing strategy to enable you to continuously deliver a quality working product increment at the end of every Sprint Testing in not a phase 2. Testing is everyone’s responsibility 3. Testing starts on day 1 4. Do automate all scripted tests 5.…

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What is Exploratory Testing?
Exploratory Testing

What is Exploratory Testing?

Most manual testing should be spent on Usability and Exploratory Testing. These types of tests are non-scripted and thus cannot be automated. These tests need human interaction, observation, and analysis. With usability testing, a human needs to verify that the design, layout, and user interface of a business feature is intuitive, easy to understand, easy to…

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Testing Green Field Applications vs. Legacy Applications
Legacy Code

Testing Green Field Applications vs. Legacy Applications

When you are coming up with a testing strategy for green field applications, you should follow the testing triangle or pyramid. For legacy application, a different strategy is needed. Writing tons and tons of unit tests when working with a very large application with zero tests is very costly and results in very little benefits. A…

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What is Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATTD)?
Acceptance Test Driven Development

What is Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATTD)?

Acceptance test driven development takes the TDD practice and applies it to acceptance tests. On day 1 of the Sprint, before we begin coding a particular user story, we start by reviewing the acceptance criteria and thinking about how we will verify via tests that this story is complete. Typically, a single acceptance criteria might map…

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What are Executable Specifications or Specifications by Example?
Use Executable Specification Instead of Long Testing Spreadsheets

What are Executable Specifications or Specifications by Example?

Requirements and tests are just two sides of the same coin. You can’t have a user story or requirement without an acceptance criteria (test). These two meld into executable specification. Using gherkin syntax (given,when,then) we can represent requirements using examples and create specifications by example. As a potential customer I want to collect books in a…

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Why You Shouldn’t Do Functional Testing From the UI?
Focused Testing

Why You Shouldn’t Do Functional Testing From the UI?

In many situations, there are a lot of business rules that need to be tested. Say we want to test that the correct discounts get applied based on a certain number of items that are in a shopping cart. To test these rules, most testers will go through the UI and hop through several steps to…

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What is Test Driven Development (TDD)?
Test Driven Development

What is Test Driven Development (TDD)?

Test driven development or test driven design is a programming approach where before the developer writes any code, she first writes an automated test. This test will fail at first because no code exists. Then she write enough code to make the test pass. After that she might want to clean up or refactor her approach,…

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Who Is Responsible for Testing in Scrum?
Who Is Responsible For Testing?

Who Is Responsible for Testing in Scrum?

Testing is everyone’s responsibility. The entire team works collectively to develop a quality product. Most of the automation is done by the people writing the code using an approach known as Test Driven Development or Test Driven Design (TDD). This includes unit, integration, component, and system tests. These tests verify that the application works as intended.…

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When Do We Start Testing in Scrum?
Task Board Indicating Quality Is an After Thought

When Do We Start Testing in Scrum?

What does your task board say about your team? Many teams have a separate testing column. This indicates that we are still doing hand-offs from development to testing and that testing is an afterthought. Testing is not a phase that happens at the end of a project and it’s not a phase that happens at the…

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