The Agile Revolution: Champion of an Era Gone By?

Posted by Jacob Stevens Has the impact that a development model makes been diminished by the advent of Web 2.0 and continuous integration technologies? We’ve had over a decade of results from the Agile Revolution, since the culture of anti-Waterfall doctrine rose up and liberated, in the minds of many, a generation of development teams…

Have you ever done acceptance testing?

In a previous post , I mentioned my role on the Microsoft Patternsand Practices team as they produce a guidance book on acceptance testing. We’re right in the thick of production and one of the ideas I’m helping them flush out is the notion of what acceptance might be in as many contexts as possible.…

Be Joe Schmoe

By Nat Burnett When a person heads to Best Buy and purchases a brand new software application they take it home and set it on the kitchen table, make some lunch, and then carefully open the box.They then spend 4 hours reading the documentation, making sure they know how to operate it most efficiently and…

Follow up on Bug Investigation

Earlier in this space, I wrote an entry about Bug Investigation. But there is an important component I did not even begin to talk about – bug advocacy. Bug advocacy means making stakeholders want to fix the bugs you find by finding effective ways to communicate. It might mean overcoming objections, motivating stakeholders with “salesmanship,”…

CAST 2008

For the third year, I’ve been an officer for the non-profit Association for Software Testing (http://www.associationforsoftwaretesting.org). Each year, we’ve staged a small conference of less than 200 people who gather to talk about innovative developments in software testing. What makes this gathering unique is that each session has a facilitator to encourage discussion. This year,…

Acceptance Testing Guidance

A few years ago, I met Grigori Melnik at a workshop for software professionals interested in learning new ways to teach testing. He was a programmer and a professor at the University of Calgary, and his presentation was titled “Test Infecting Your Developers.” I liked him even before I heard him speak because he seemed…

Bug Investigation

I’ve been to many testing conferences and workshops in my testing career (maybe you have, too), and I’ve noticed an interesting pattern. Speakers talk about all kinds of methods, techniques, approaches, technologies, tools, heuristics, mindsets, skill sets and even theories that will help you find bugs, but rarely what to do when you succeed in…