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Testing is a key component of agile development. The widespread adoption of agile methods has brought the need for effective testing into the limelight, and agile projects have transformed the role of testers. Much of a tester’s function, however, remains largely misunderstood. What is the true role of a tester? Do agile teams actually need members with QA backgrounds? What does it really mean to be an “agile tester?”

Two of the industry’s most experienced agile testing practitioners and consultants, Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory, have teamed up to bring you the definitive answers to these questions and many others. In Agile Testing, Crispin and Gregory define agile testing and illustrate the tester’s role with examples from real agile teams. They teach you how to use the agile testing quadrants to identify what testing is needed, who should do it, and what tools might help. The book chronicles an agile software development iteration from the viewpoint of a tester and explains the seven key success factors

of agile testing.

Readers will come away from this book understanding

  • How to get testers engaged in agile development
  • Where testers and QA managers fit on an agile team
  • What to look for when hiring an agile tester
  • How to transition from a traditional cycle to agile development
  • How to complete testing activities in short iterations
  • How to use tests to successfully guide development
  • How to overcome barriers to test automation
This book is a must for agile testers, agile teams, their managers, and their customers.

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For agile testers, quality assurance professionals, and teams, as well as managers and customers, this guide describes agile testing to help organizations make the transition to agile development for successfully delivering software. The authors define the concept and explain how it differs from traditional approaches to software quality and testing, summarize principles and values, and discuss organizational challenges, types, quadrants, and categories of testing, automation, and the activities of testers. Crispin is a tester and leads tutorials and workshops on the topic. Gregory is a coach and tester, and runs an agile quality process consultancy and training firm. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Testing is a key component of agile development. The widespread adoption of agile methods has brought the need for effective testing into the limelight, and agile projects have transformed the role of testers. Much of a tester's function, however, remains largely misunderstood. What is the true role of a tester? Do agile teams actually need members with QA backgrounds? What does it really mean to be an agile tester?

Two of the industry's most experienced agile testing practitioners and consultants, Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory, have teamed up to bring you the definitive answers to these questions and many others. In Agile Testing, Crispin and Gregory define agile testing and illustrate the tester's role with examples from real agile teams. They teach you how to use the agile testing quadrants to identify what testing is needed, who should do it, and what tools might help. The book chronicles an agile software development iteration from the viewpoint of a tester and explains the seven key success factors

of agile testing.

Readers will come away from this book understanding

  • How to get testers engaged in agile development
  • Where testers and QA managers fit on an agile team
  • What to look for when hiring an agile tester
  • How to transition from a traditional cycle to agile development
  • How to complete testing activities in short iterations
  • How to use tests to successfully guide development
  • How to overcome barriers to test automation
This book is a must for agile testers, agile teams, their managers, and their customers.

About the Author

Lisa Crispin is dedicated to helping agile teams and testers discover good ways to deliver the best possible product. She specializes in showing testers and agile teams how testers can add value and how to guide development with business-facing tests. Since 2003, she’s been a tester on a Scrum/XP team at ePlan Services, Inc., and frequently leads tutorials and workshops on agile testing at conferences. Lisa regularly contributes articles about agile testing to publications such as Better Software magazine, IEEE Software, and Methods and Tools. Lisa also coauthored Testing Extreme Programming (Addison-Wesley, 2002) with Tip House.

Janet Gregory is the founder of DragonFire, Inc., an agile quality process consultancy and training firm. Her passion is helping teams build quality systems. Since 1998, she has worked as a coach and tester introducing agile practices into both large and small companies. Her focus is working with business users and testers to understand their role in agile projects. Janet is a frequent speaker at agile and testing software conferences, and she is a major contributor to the North American agile testing community.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Mike Cohn      xxiii

Foreword by Brian Marick      xxv

Preface      xxvii

Acknowledgments      xxxvii

About the Authors      xli

Part I: Introduction      1

Chapter 1: What Is Agile Testing, Anyway?      3

Agile Values 3

What Do We Mean by “Agile Testing”? 4

A Little Context for Roles and Activities on an Agile Team 7

How Is Agile Testing Different? 9

Whole-Team Approach 15

Summary 17

Chapter 2: Ten Principles for Agile Testers      19

What’s an Agile Tester? 19

The Agile Testing Mind-Set 20

Applying Agile Principles and Values 21

Adding Value 31

Summary 33

Part II: Organizational Challenges      35

Chapter 3: Cultural Challenges      37

Organizational Culture 37

Barriers to Successful Agile Adoption by Test/QA Teams 44

Introducing Change 49

Management Expectations 52

Change Doesn’t Come Easy 56

Summary 58

Chapter 4: Team Logistics      59

Team Structure 59

Physical Logistics 65

Resources 66

Building a Team 69

Summary 71

Chapter 5: Transitioning Typical Processes      73

Seeking Lightweight Processes 73

Metrics 74

Defect Tracking 79

Test Planning 86

Existing Processes and Models 88

Summary 93

Part III: The Agile Testing Quadrants      95

Chapter 6: The Purpose of Testing      97

The Agile Testing Quadrants 97

Knowing When a Story Is Done 104

Managing Technical Debt 106

Testing in Context 106

Summary 108

Chapter 7: Technology-Facing Tests that Support the Team       109

An Agile Testing Foundation 109

Why Write and Execute These Tests? 112

Where Do Technology-Facing Tests Stop? 119

What If the Team Doesn’t Do These Tests? 121

Toolkit 123

Summary 127

Chapter 8: Business-Facing Tests that Support the Team      129

Driving Development with Business-Facing Tests 129

The Requirements Quandary 132

Thin Slices, Small Chunks 144

How Do We Know We’re Done? 146

Tests Mitigate Risk 147

Testability and Automation 149

Summary 150

Chapter 9: Toolkit for Business-Facing Tests that Support the Team       153

Business-Facing Test Tool Strategy 153

Tools to Elicit Examples and Requirements 155

Tools for Automating Tests Based on Examples 164

Strategies for Writing Tests 177

Testability 183

Test Management 186

Summary 186

Chapter 10: Business-Facing Tests that Critique the Product      189

Introduction to Quadrant 3 190

Demonstrations 191

Scenario Testing 192

Exploratory Testing 195

Usability Testing 202

Behind the GUI 204

Testing Documents and Documentation 207

Tools to Assist with Exploratory Testing 210

Summary 214

Chapter 11: Critiquing the Product Using Technology-Facing Tests       217

Introduction to Quadrant 4 217

Who Does It? 220

When Do You Do It? 222

“ility” Testing 223

Performance, Load, Stress, and Scalability Testing 233

Summary 238

Chapter 12: Summary of Testing Quadrants      241

Review of the Testing Quadrants 241

A System Test Example 242

Tests Driving Development 244

Automation 245

Critiquing the Product with Business-Facing Tests 248

Documentation 251

Using the Agile Testing Quadrants 252

Summary 253

Part IV: Automation      255

Chapter 13: Why We Want to Automate Tests and What Holds Us Back      257

Why Automate? 258

Barriers to Automation—Things that Get in the Way 264

Can We Overcome These Barriers? 270

Summary 271

Chapter 14: An Agile Test Automation Strategy        273

An Agile Approach to Test Automation 274

What Can We Automate? 279

What Shouldn’t We Automate? 285

What Might Be Hard to Automate? 287

Developing an Automation Strategy—Where Do We Start? 288

Applying Agile Principles to Test Automation 298

Supplying Data for Tests 304

Evaluating Automation Tools 311

Implementing Automation 316

Managing Automated Tests 319

Go Get Started 324

Summary 324

Part V: An Iteration in the Life of a Tester      327

Chapter 15: Tester Activities in Release or Theme Planning      329

The Purpose of Release Planning 330

Sizing 332

Prioritizing 338

What’s in Scope? 340

Test Planning 345

Test Plan Alternatives 350

Preparing for Visibility 354

Summary 366

Chapter 16: Hit the Ground Running       369

Be Proactive 369

Advance Clarity 373

Examples 378

Test Strategies 380

Prioritize Defects 381

Resources 381

Summary 382

Chapter 17: Iteration Kickoff      383

Iteration Planning 383

Testable Stories 393

Collaborate with Customers 396

High-Level Tests and Examples 397

Summary 403

Chapter 18: Coding and Testing      405

Driving Development 406

Tests that Critique the Product 412

Collaborate with Programmers 413

Talk to Customers 414

Completing Testing Tasks 415

Dealing with Bugs 416

It’s All about Choices 419

Facilitate Communication 429

Regression Tests 432

Resources 434

Iteration Metrics 435

Summary 440

Chapter 19: Wrap Up the Iteration       443

Iteration Demo 443

Retrospectives 444

Celebrate Successes 449

Summary 451

Chapter 20: Successful Delivery       453

What Makes a Product? 453

Planning Enough Time for Testing 455

The End Game 456

Customer Testing 464

Post-Development Testing Cycles 467

Deliverables 468

Releasing the Product 470

Customer Expectations 475

Summary 476

Part VI: Summary      479

Chapter 21: Key Success Factors       481

Success Factor 1: Use the Whole-Team Approach 482

Success Factor 2: Adopt an Agile Testing Mind-Set 482

Success Factor 3: Automate Regression Testing 484

Success Factor 4: Provide and Obtain Feedback 484

Success Factor 5: Build a Foundation of Core Practices 486

Success Factor 6: Collaborate with Customers 489

Success Factor 7: Look at the Big Picture 490

Summary 491

Glossary      493

Bibliography      501

Index      509

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780321534460
Author:
Crispin, Lisa
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley Professional
Foreword by:
Marick, Brian
Foreword:
Marick, Brian
Author:
Gregory, Janet
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Subject:
Computer software
Subject:
Testing
Subject:
Software Development & Engineering - General
Subject:
Programming - General
Subject:
Computer software -- Testing.
Subject:
agile software development
Subject:
Software Engineering-General
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Series:
Addison-Wesley Signature Series (Cohn)
Publication Date:
January 2009
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
576
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9.1 x 6.9 x 1.2 in 894 gr

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"Synopsis" by , Testing is a key component of agile development. The widespread adoption of agile methods has brought the need for effective testing into the limelight, and agile projects have transformed the role of testers. Much of a tester's function, however, remains largely misunderstood. What is the true role of a tester? Do agile teams actually need members with QA backgrounds? What does it really mean to be an agile tester?

Two of the industry's most experienced agile testing practitioners and consultants, Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory, have teamed up to bring you the definitive answers to these questions and many others. In Agile Testing, Crispin and Gregory define agile testing and illustrate the tester's role with examples from real agile teams. They teach you how to use the agile testing quadrants to identify what testing is needed, who should do it, and what tools might help. The book chronicles an agile software development iteration from the viewpoint of a tester and explains the seven key success factors

of agile testing.

Readers will come away from this book understanding

  • How to get testers engaged in agile development
  • Where testers and QA managers fit on an agile team
  • What to look for when hiring an agile tester
  • How to transition from a traditional cycle to agile development
  • How to complete testing activities in short iterations
  • How to use tests to successfully guide development
  • How to overcome barriers to test automation
This book is a must for agile testers, agile teams, their managers, and their customers.

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