Agile Testing

by Stan Taylor

Agile reading list

by Stan on 2008/03/26, no comments

I’m not sure The Definitive Agile Reading List lives up to its name, but it is very good. I know I’m going to seek out some of entries that I haven’t read yet.

Agile FUD: Frequent deliveries of working code

by Stan on 2008/03/26, no comments

This post is part of a series in which I address Bill Miller’s criticisms of agile. Please read the original post for context. In this post I take on his criticism of the role of documentation in the agile process. Mr. Miller offers two criticisms of frequent deliveries.

Agile self-righteousness

by Stan on 2008/03/24, no comments

I posted a question to an agile testing group and one of the replies implied that if we were doing agile correctly, I wouldn’t face the problem that I asked about. The mildly holier-than-thou tone of the reply really sounded familiar to me–I realized that I often have the same attitude. But now I see […]

Agile FUD: management oversight

by Stan on 2008/03/22, no comments

This post is part of a series in which I address Bill Miller’s criticisms of agile. Please read the original post for context. In this post I take on his criticism of the role of documentation in the agile process.

The Quality Assurance Mindset

by Stan on 2008/03/21, no comments

Bruce Schneier has a new commentary at Wired, Inside the Twisted Mind of the Security Professional, in which he notes that “Security requires a particluar mindset”: Security professionals — at least the good ones — see the world differently. They can’t walk into a store without noticing how they might shoplift. They can’t use a […]

Automated GUI testing in agile

by Stan on 2008/03/19, 3 comments

Recently, I’ve had several conversations at work about the cost/benefit analysis of performing automated GUI testing (in our case, using Borland SilkTest, of course) in our agile environment. In general, automated GUI testing is most useful in the following situations: when the UI of the application under test (AUT) does not change much, and when […]

Agile Testing Talk

by Stan on 2008/03/18, no comments

This is a good talk by Elisabeth Hendrickson from December, 2005 at Google. She has lots of insights into testing in an agile environment and she’s an entertaining speaker.

Agile FUD: Frequent refactoring

by Stan on 2008/03/18, one comment

This post is part of a series in which I address Bill Miller’s criticisms of agile. Please read the original post for context. In this post I take on his criticism of the role of documentation in the agile process. Bill Miller says of refactoring: The mantra in the Agile community is constantly refactor. This […]

Agile FUD: Documentation

by Stan on 2008/03/17, no comments

This post is part of a series in which I address Bill Miller’s criticisms of agile. Please read the original post for context. In this post I take on his criticism of the role of documentation in the agile process.

Agile FUD: Armchair quarterback

by Stan on 2008/03/17, no comments

I recently ran across Bill Miller’s blog You Want IT When?. Bill has a lot of experience in managing software development, but in my opinion, he is way off the mark in his opinions on agile. Unfortunately, he makes a lot of claims that I’ve heard repeatedly from people who haven’t actually experienced agile or […]