What is The Testing Pyramid?
Agile Testing Pyramid

What is The Testing Pyramid?

Most teams today use an inverted pyramid where most of the tests are manual User Acceptance Tests and System tests and are manually executed via the UI. Unit tests are non-existent or are too few to be beneficial. In order to have a maintainable test suite, as explained in this post, the base of our pyramid…

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How Many Tests Are Enough?
How Many Tests Are Enough?

How Many Tests Are Enough?

When trying to decide how to distribute our testing efforts and how many tests to write for each different type, it’s important to consider: Test coverage: How much of the code has a test that verifies its behaviorTest execution time: How long does it take to run the test and get a result backTest feedback: How…

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Which Tests Should We Automate?
Which Tests Can We Automate?

Which Tests Should We Automate?

When we look at the different types of tests and the Agile Testing Quadrant, which tests in which quadrant can we automate? In general, any tests that can be scripted can and should be automated. If we can map out a series of preparatory steps, followed by an action that results in an expected value or…

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What is The Agile Testing Quadrant?
The Agile Testing Quadrant

What is The Agile Testing Quadrant?

Brian Marick came up with a way to categorize the different types by 2 dimensions: Tests that support programming or the team and tests that critique the productTests that are technology facing and tests that are business facing Test that support the team: These are tests that help the team build and change the application with…

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What are the Different Types of Tests?
Types of Tests

What are the Different Types of Tests?

Test definitions vary. Sometimes they are categorized by type, level and approach. Below is my take on the different types of testing. Unit Testing: Verifies that a single unit of code (a specific behavior in a method) behaves as intended. Integration Testing: Verifies that two or more units communicating with each other behave as intended. Component…

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The Most Common Misunderstanding of Agile Software Development
Iterating Only On Development

The Most Common Misunderstanding of Agile Software Development

Many organizations believe Agile is just about development and focus solely on an iterative or incremental approach to development, ignoring other aspects like requirements, designs, tests, and deployments. Agile is not just about development. It is not about maintaining your SDLC phased approach and iterating just over the development phase and keeping a long big upfront…

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4 Typical Transitions Teams Go Through When They First Start Adopting Scrum
Transitions Steps in Scrum Adoption

4 Typical Transitions Teams Go Through When They First Start Adopting Scrum

Over many consulting engagements, I’ve come to see 4 stages that organizations and teams go through as they try to learn and implement Scrum on their own. Typically, these engagements start when an organization reaches out asking for help as they are not seeing the benefits they expected after adopting Scrum. I usually find the organization…

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