Here's an experience story from a tester who decided to move onward and become a Scrum master to help her team to become more agile, with learnings from their agile journey and pieces of advice for doing change in organizations.
Cucumber was created as a way to overcome ambiguous requirements and misunderstandings, targeting both non-technical and technical members of a project team, but if you think Cucumber is a testing tool you are wrong, Aslak Hellesøy, who created Cucumber in 2008, recently stated. Julien Biezemans and Liz Keogh recently expressed similar opinions.
There is an evolution going on in testing. It used to be that testing was about confirming to the specification. Testers were often brought in too late and had too little influence, but that is changing now as Cirilio Wortel explained in his talk on the evolution of software testing.
InfoQ did an interview with Gil Zilberfeld about managing the expectations that organizations have of agile and how to prevent misconceptions, valuable ideas and practices from agile and what the future will bring for agile.
At the Agile Singapore conference last year Steve Freeman spoke about the way TDD has been misinterpreted and frequently misapplied in many adoptions and how the SOLID architectural principles are still important, perhaps more important now than in the past.
Tester should go beyond their testing discipline and go into the organization. By asking questions they can start a movement that increases product quality and helps organizations to become more successful as Mike Sutton explained in his closing keynote at the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015 about test beyond quality – beyond software.
The Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015 conference devotes a full day track to talented Dutch agile youngsters to share their experiences. Tamara de Paus talked about how to organize your work and be more transparent. An interview about the changes that were done by the team to manage work and create transparency, what worked and what didn't, and the things they learned along the way.
At the Agile Testing Days 2014 in Potsdam Jan Jaap Cannegieter spoke about using different sides of our brain to optimize testing and he will redo this presentation during the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015. InfoQ interviewed Cannegieter about how agile has changed testing, creativity and thinking in testing, skills of agile testers, and how testers can make steps towards agile testing.
Software development in agile is based on testing says José Díaz. Agile has brought us real teams of development and testing without borders. Some of the currently relevant topics in agile testing are the transition from waterfall to agile methodologies, tester skills and Certified Agile Tester, DevOps and mobile testing.
Matt Wynne, founder at Cucumber Ltd spoke at QCon London 2015 on how BDD can leverage the benefits of Agile on teams struggling with common patterns like lack of predictability, communication and quality.
Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) is very much about conversations and examples but there is a software design part that can be used to bring BDD and Domain-Driven Design (DDD) practices together, combining the conversional bits with a domain-focused design activity, Konstantin Kudryashov explains in a presentation.
Marco Achtziger shared his experiences with deploying continuous testing in large scale agile project at Siemens Healthcare at the OOP conference. InfoQ interviewed Achtziger about continuous testing and continuous integration, infrastructural and social challenges with continuous testing, testing processes and tools, and improving continuous testing.
In February 2015 both Gartner and Software Advice released research and analysis into agile lifecycle management/project management tools. The Gartner Magic Quadrant identifies that the big players have a competitive advantage and the Software Advice study found which aspects of the tools projects managers find most useful.
Music can be used as a metaphor to illustrate learnings from agile and testing. Alexandra Schladebeck and Huib Schoots will do a live performance in their keynote “where words fail, music speaks” at the Agile Testing Day Netherlands 2015. An interview about artistic parallels between music and agile testing, what agile teams can learn from musicians, and feedback in agile software development.
Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) can help in overcoming the gap between the developer’s understanding of what needs to be built and the business’ understanding of the technical challenges caused by the requirements. The reason is improvement in communication between the two groups, Alistair Stead and Konstantin Kudryashov explains in their Beginner’s guide to BDD.