Automated acceptance testing reduces time wasted in manual testing and bug fixing, and when combined with Behaviour-Driven Development, can guide development effort. But it requires skill, practice and discipline. The Screenplay Pattern helps teams address these difficulties and is where you may end up by mercilessly refactoring Page Objects using SOLID design principles.
In a team doing TDD (Test Driven Development) there is no need for testers that do manual checking. For testers this means that much of their traditional work disappears. Meanwhile modern testing solutions have become so technical that implementation requires specialists. For testers this presents a very interesting opportunity, but it requires solid technical skills.
James Grenning talks about why people are not doing technical practices sufficiently or well enough, TDD and unit tests, and on becoming better in discovering "bad code”.
There’s no reward for being a Scrum or kanban shop if we are not delivering value to customers. We need to change our mindset, and focus on the principles that people follow and values they share.
"BDD In Action" is a book that aims to cover the full spectrum of BDD practices from requirements through to the development of production code backed by executable specifications and automated tests. 4
Developers across the globe attend coderetreats to learn from each other and refine their software design skills, but how do they work? What do people say about them? How can we make them even better? 3
A mix of existing robust hardware development ideas, plus a few newly taken from Agile software are being used now by real teams, even to get around or through the challenge of doing fast iterations.
At then recent Agile Singapore conference James Grenning presented two technically focused talks - one on the importance of technical excellence and the other teaching test driven development. 3
Common System and Software Testing Pitfalls provides 92 pitfalls that make testing less efficient and effective. It aims to help you to avoid falling into pitfalls or dealing with the consequences.
Scott Ambler discusses a recent mini-survey designed to find out how TDD is being used in practice. He examines the state of practice and what techniques and tools are being used with TDD.