The Latest

The Myths of Rigor[presentation]

We hear that more rigor means good testing and, conversely, that less rigor means bad testing.

James Bach, Satisfice, Inc.
Lessons Learned from 20,000 Testers on the Open Source Mozilla Project[presentation]

Open source community-based software development can be extremely wild and woolly. Testing in this environment is even more so, given that it is often less structured than software design and coding activities.

Tim Riley, Mozilla
The Buccaneer Tester: Winning Your Reputation[presentation]

Who drives your career as a tester or test leader? Hopefully, not the company for which you work. It's you-you must be the driver.

James Bach, Satisfice, Inc.
Stop Guessing About How Customers Use Your Software[presentation]

What features of your software do customers use the most? What parts of the software do they find frustrating or completely useless? Wouldn't you like to target these critical areas in your testing?

Alan Page, Microsoft
Agile Testing: Uncertainty, Risk, and How It All Works[presentation]

Teams that succeed with agile methods reliably deliver releasable software at frequent intervals and at a sustainable pace. At the same time, they can readily adapt to the changing needs and requirements of the business.

Elisabeth Hendrickson, Quality Tree Software, Inc.
You Can't Test Quality into Your Systems[presentation]

Many organizations refer to their test teams and testers as QA departments and QA engineers.

Jeffery Payne, Coveros, Inc.
Amplifying Collaboration with Guerilla Facilitation[article]

Sometimes, an ineffective meeting can be more damaging than no meeting at all. But, if you're not the person in charge of facilitating the meeting, how can you help keep the group and the meeting in line? In this article, Ellen Gottesdiener offers some suggestions for both facilitators and non-facilitators that may help ease some of your meeting frustrations.

Ellen ellensqe's picture Ellen ellensqe
We're All In the Same Boat[article]

Lisa Crispin dives into the "we're all in the same boat" theory and explains how it can't be more true in the software development world. From the need for common goals to going beyond taking responsibility for the team's actions - each team must know that you're going to fail or succeed together.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
Agile Tips and Advice - Index Cards - Wave of the Past, Present and Future[article]

In a podcast that will surely get you thinking, we take a look at why the index card, yes, the simple index card could be the most valuable project management tool of all time. Take a listen and see if you agree that you simply cannot live without them on an agile project.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Transitioning to Agile Testing[article]

Your developers are already working feature-by-feature in iterations, but your testers are stuck with manual tests. How do you make the leap to agile testing when the nature of agile's iterative releases challenges testers to test working segments of a product instead of the complete package? In this column, Johanna Rothman explains that the key challenge resides in bringing the whole team together to work towards the completion of an iteration. Only then will the testers—and the entire team—know how to transition to agile.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Tips and Advice - The three basic things - Simple but not easy[article]

Tips and Advice - The three basic things - Simple but not easy

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
What Is a Good Project Manager?[article]

The definition of a "good project manager" varies depending on what skills you value most of this person. In this week's column, Payson Hall explores the root of the definition, highlighting the key characteristic he believes is the true hallmark of a good project manager.

Payson Hall's picture Payson Hall
Believe the Territory[magazine]

Test plans are seldom followed as written, project plans hardly ever fit the actual progress, and process models are rarely followed to the letter. Markus Gaertner examines why most of our documents become obsolete and gives advice about whether or not to continue to write and maintain them.

Markus Gärtner's picture Markus Gärtner
A Common Language[magazine]

Do your stakeholders use different terms to talk about the same concept or use the same term but in a different way? A domain model can clarify key concepts and the relationships between them, helping your team resolve ambiguous terms and leading to more productive discussions about project requirements.

Laura Brandenburg's picture Laura Brandenburg
Unintended Consequences[magazine]

Every action elicits a response, but sometimes that response is not what we expect. These anecdotes from industry experts are good examples of how our best intentions don't always match our plans.

Lee Copeland's picture Lee Copeland


AgileConnection is one of the growing communities of the TechWell network.

Featuring fresh, insightful stories, is the place to go for what is happening in software development and delivery.  Join the conversation now!