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Book Excerpt: The Agile Samurai

Jonathan Rasmusson

Author Jonathan Rasmusson explains in his latest book how to successfully set-up, execute and deliver Agile projects. Download the excerpt below for “Chapter 7: Estimation The Fine Art of Guessing.” To read his interview in last month’s issue, please click on “Spotlight Interview: Jonathan Rasmusson” to read his views on the best practices for test automation in Agile projects.

Same or Different? Retrospectives and Post-mortems

Michael Hackett

Let’s look at a few distinctions between the two process improvement practices that make all the difference in their usefulness for making projects and job situations better! An extreme way to look at the goals of these practices is: what makes your work easier (retrospective) versus what did someone else decide is best practice (post-mortem)?

First, look elsewhere for a “how-to.” There are many published materials on how to do a sprint retrospective and a post-mortem. We are looking at the differences in the mindset. To look at how post-mortems and retrospectives are different, let’s go back to the approach and foundation for these meetings. The following distinctions between the Agile and traditional software development mindset loom large in the mindset entering retrospectives and post-mortems.

Get High Performance Out of Your Testing Team

Michael Hackett

Testing is often looked upon by many as an unmanageable, unpredictable, unorganized practice with little structure. It is common to hear questions or complaints from development including:

  • What are test teams doing?
  • Testing takes too long
  • Testers have negative attitudes

Hans Buwalda: Agile Test Development

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Agile Test Development

Hans Buwalda – CTO, LogiGear Corporation

VISTACON 2010


McAfee Visits Ho Chi Minh City

Lolita Guevarra

McAfee representatives from India and Japan visited LogiGear Viet Nam from Feb 21 – 25. Their week-long stay entailed debriefing LogiGear staff on McAfee MX Logic and Mobile Security for the team to begin testing. Project manager Tien Nguyen and project lead Hung Le oversaw the sessions between LogiGear and McAfee.

As a good hostess, Nguyen made sure between meetings that Masaki Sumida of Japan and Gargeya Doddaiah of India maneuvered throughout Viet Nam’s infamous traffic to expand their palette at local eateries and awaken their senses within the country’s vibrant culture.

Do Testers Have to Write Code?

Elisabeth Hendrickson

Do testers have to write code?

For years, whenever someone asked me if I thought testers had to know how to write code, I’ve responded: “Of course not.”

The way I see it, test automation is inherently a programming activity. Anyone tasked with automating tests should know how to program.

But not all testers are doing test automation.

Automation Testing Tools in Full View

Bogdan Bereza-Jarocinski

A trainer, quality specialist and owner of VictO (2004), Bereza-Jarocinski co-founded Swedish SAST (1995), Polish SJSI (2003), and Polish SPIN (2006). He is also founder and secretary general of ADPQB (2008). For more information on his academy, visit www.victo.eu.

In  order to make the right choices among tools, you must be able to classify them. Otherwise, any choice would be at best haphazard. Without functioning classification, you would not be able to understand new tools fast, nor come up with ideas of using, or creating new tools.

Spotlight Interview with Jonathan Rasmusson

Author of The Agile Warrior, Rasmusson answers questions from LogiGear’s testing staff about test automation in agile projects.

Action Based Testing: The Solution for Agile Test Automation

Hans Buwalda, CTO, LogiGear

To address the challenges and fears of implementing automation in agile projects,  LogiGear CTO Hans Buwalda presents Action Based Testing as the answer.

2010 Global Testing Survey Results: Automation Testing

Data was compiled and analyzed by Michael Hackett, LogiGear Senior Vice President. This is the first analysis of the 2010 Global Testing Survey. More survey results will be included in subsequent magazine issues. To read the overview, visit www.logigear.com/survey-response-overview.html

The target audience of the survey were black box testers. Please note that to these respondents, test automation is mainly about UI level automation, not unit, performance or load testing.