New to agile? Remember the power of automation

digital-clock-400x400As this blog entry is published I am teaching an agile/scrum course to a client in Flanders, New Jersey.  You might want to ask “Bob, how can you do that?  Isn’t the client upset when you blogwhile they are paying for your time?”  Certainly they would

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Agile anti-pattern: Going to longer iterations

This is another common theme among teams just starting with agile.  It usually goes something like this:

  1. The team has an unsuccessful iteration.
  2. They determine all the unfinished work is testing.
  3. During the retrospective they resolve to give more help to the testers so they can finish in time.
  4. The next iteration is also

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Agile antipattern: Code freezes during each iteration

Over the past 18 months I’ve encountered a number of teams where it is standard practice to have a code freeze late in the iteration.  The reason given for this was “to allow QA to test what we created during the iteration.” I’m sorry, but I have to be blunt here – this isn’t agile!

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Agile antipattern: Using manual tests

testsperiterationIn an agile environment manual testing is fine – except for when it isn’t!  In particular, everyone recognizes manual regression testing takes time.  When using a traditional development process companies use it as an argument for longer release cycles saying something like “It takes 8 weeks of

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When in Doubt Ask “How Will I Know I’ve Done That?”

Tired of not knowing exactly what to create or test? Get in the habit of asking the magic question “How will I know I’ve done that?” In other words, ask the Product Owner (or whatever person you have filling that role on your team) to express some acceptance criteria!  Asking this question will make miserable days seem

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Real World Agile Testing with Fit and FitNesse

Another short blog entry.  This time it is to announce that we’ll be hosting Rob Myers teaching a great agile testing course using Fit and FitNesse on March 23 and 24.  The course will be held at the Denver PPA Event Center (right across from Invesco Field at Mile Hi).  This course was just given

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Agile Architecture and Agile Testing – New Courses on the horizon

Exciting news!  Some associates of mine are currently completing work on some new courses Agile For All will be able to offer.  The two courses are Agile Architecture and Agile Testing.  In fact, it is really three courses because Agile Testing has a version that is all about using FIT (Framework for Integrated Testing) and

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Testing to find defects is waste

Have you ever heard someone say that testing to find defects is waste?  I’ve heard it and I’ve said it when teaching courses. But people aren’t hearing the whole

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