Planning Your Agile Testing: A Practical Guide

Janet Gregory, DragonFire Inc.

Traditional test plans are incompatible with agile software development because we don't know all the details about all the requirements up front. However, in an agile software release, you still must decide what types of testing activities will be required—and when you need to schedule them. Janet Gregory explains how to use the Agile Testing Quadrants, a model identifying the different purposes of testing, to help your team understand your testing needs as you plan the next release. Janet introduces you to alternative, lightweight test planning tools that allow you to plan and communicate your big picture testing needs and risks. Learn how to decide who does what testing—and when. Determine what types of testing to consider when planning an agile release, the infrastructure and environments needed for testing, what goes into an agile “test plan,” how to plan for acquiring test data, and lightweight approaches for documenting your tests and recording test results.

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