More Agile Testing Learning Journeys for the Whole Team

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  • Copyright: 10/6/2014
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Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin pioneered the agile testing discipline with their previous work, Agile Testing. Now, in More Agile Testing, they reflect on all they’ve learned since. They address crucial emerging issues, share evolved agile practices, and cover key issues agile testers have asked to learn more about.


Packed with new examples from real teams, this insightful guide offers detailed information about adapting agile testing for your environment; learning from experience and continually improving your test processes; scaling agile testing across teams; and overcoming the pitfalls of automated testing. You’ll find brand-new coverage of agile testing for the enterprise, distributed teams, mobile/embedded systems, regulated environments, data warehouse/BI systems, and DevOps practices.


You’ll come away understanding


• How to clarify testing activities within the team

• Ways to collaborate with business experts to identify valuable features and deliver the right capabilities

• How to design automated tests for superior reliability and easier maintenance

• How agile team members can improve and expand their testing skills

• How to plan “just enough,” balancing small increments with larger feature sets and the entire system

• How to use testing to identify and mitigate risks associated with your current agile processes and to prevent defects

• How to address challenges within your product or organizational context

• How to perform exploratory testing using “personas” and “tours”

• Exploratory testing approaches that engage the whole team, using test charters with session- and thread-based techniques

• How to bring new agile testers up to speed quickly–without overwhelming them


The eBook edition of More Agile Testing also is available as part of a two-eBook collection, The Agile Testing Collection (9780134190624).

Author Biography

An agile testing coach and practitioner, Janet Gregory (@janetgregoryca) is the co-author of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009) and a contributor to 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know (O’Reilly, 2010).  Janet specializes in showing agile teams how testers can add value in areas beyond critiquing the product; for example, guiding development with business-facing tests. For the past thirteen years, Janet has been working with teams to transition to agile development, and teaches agile testing courses and tutorials worldwide. Janet contributes articles to publications such as Better Software, Software Test & Performance Magazine and Agile Journal, and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences and user group meetings around the world. For more about Janet’s work, visit www.janetgregory.ca where you can also view her blog.


Lisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009), and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team. She also co-authored Extreme Testing (Addison-Wesley, 2002) with Tip House, and contributed to Experiences of Test Automation by Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster (Addison-Wesley, 2011) and Beautiful Testing (O’Reilly, 2009). Lisa works as a tester on the Pivotal Tracker team in Denver. She enjoys sharing her experiences via writing, presenting, teaching and participating in agile testing communities around the world. For more about Lisa’s work, visit www.lisacrispin.com or @lisacrispin on Twitter.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Elisabeth Hendrickson

Foreword by Johanna Rothman


About the Authors

About the Contributors


Part I: Introduction


Chapter 1: How Agile Testing Has Evolved

Chapter 2: The Importance of Organizational Culture


Part II: Learning for Better Testing


Chapter 3: Roles and Competencies

Chapter 4: Thinking Skills for Testing

Chapter 5: Technical Awareness

Chapter 6: How to Learn


Part III: Planning—So You Don’t Forget the Big Picture


Chapter 7: Levels of Precision for Planning

Chapter 8: Using Models to Help Plan


Part IV  Testing Business Value


Chapter 9: Are We Building the Right Thing?

Chapter 10: The Expanding Tester’s Mindset: Is this My Job?

Chapter 11: Getting Examples


Part V: Investigative Testing


Chapter 12: Exploratory Testing

Chapter 13: Other Types of Testing


Part VI: Test Automation


Chapter 14: Technical Debt in Testing

Chapter 15: Pyramids of Automation

Chapter 16: Test Automation Design Patterns and Approaches

Chapter 17: Selecting Test Automation Solutions


Part VII: What Is Your Context?


Chapter 18: Agile Testing in the Enterprise

Chapter 19: Agile Testing on Distributed Teams

Chapter 20: Agile Testing for Mobile and Embedded Systems

Chapter 21: Agile Testing in Regulated Environments

Chapter 22: Agile Testing for Data Warehouses and Business Intelligence Systems

Chapter 23: Testing and DevOps


Part VIII: Agile Testing in Practice


Chapter 24: Visualize Your Testing

Chapter 25: Putting It All Together


Appendix A: Page Objects in Practice: Examples
Appendix B: Provocation Starters


Bibliography by Parts and Media



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