Category Archives: Agile Testing

When is it Good Enough?

I’m a woodworker. I love to work with wood, and I truly enjoy the sense of satisfaction that comes from the work I do. I think this is why the software Craftsmanship movement rings true for me. I find many of the aspects … Continue reading

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QA: Now or Later? Now, duh!

Many of us have heard the phrase “Test Early, Test Often”. There are quite a few blogs and articles out there explaining how testing early (catching defects early) reduces costs in software development efforts.  It’s documented, and not many people … Continue reading

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Managing Technical Debt

Debt seems to be on every-one’s mind these days.  You can’t open a newspaper anywhere in the world without seeing some article about some country’s national debt.  As we all know, countries aren’t the only entities that have debt.  Most … Continue reading

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Continuous Integration and Testing: Mere Child’s Play

My youngest son loves to play the game “Mouse Trap”, and last Christmas vacation, I had the opportunity to play many rounds of it with him. The object of the game is to build the mouse trap contraption piece by … Continue reading

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Refactor Your PMP – Part 6: Quality Management

Okay… it has been a while since my last installment in this series. Aside from my general inability to stay focused on a single topic (what was I thinking committing to a nine part series) I got really swamped preparing … Continue reading

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Testers, Orgs, and the demand for Java jobs

In agile product development (or any responsible product development environment),  people don’t just talk about high quality, they are passionate about  it.  Think beyond software…companies build marketing strategies around  quality.  Fruit of the Loom, Zenith, Toyota…all have marketed solely  around … Continue reading

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Agile Developer-Testing Myths

This is not about agility, this is about acting responsibly. Developers – stop making excuses not to test. Managers / Product Owners – stop accepting myths about why testing isn’t happening. With that in mind, I present you the top … Continue reading

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Why so Agile?

I’ve said it before, and here I am saying it again – Change is hard.   The largest obstacle to any organization looking to adopt more agile development practices is that transition – we are creatures of habit and now we … Continue reading

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Why aren’t you unit testing yet?

Constant focus on quality and code health is critical for the long  term viability and maintainability of software.  This focus on quality  is a trademark of agile teams but you don’t have to be ‘doing the Agile’  to focus on … Continue reading

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But what about the testers?

I spent last week at Agilepalooza in Minneapolis. What a great event! We talked about Agile development processes and Agile mindsets. We learned about Dude’s Law from David Hussman, and why we need to concentrate on the actual product and … Continue reading

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