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Wed, 26 May 2004

Agile testing directions: the table of contents

Here is a set of links to my essays on agile testing directions. It's the same as the set on the right, but it's easier to link to.

Tests and examples
Technology-facing programmer support
Business-facing team support
Business-facing product critiques
Technology-facing product critiques
Testers on agile projects


## Posted at 12:47 in category /agile [permalink] [top]

When is an agile team working up to its potential? (continued)

(See the original.)

Some additional suggestions in email comments. (I know, I know, I should enable comments.)

  • Everyone on the team has an idea of what other people on the team are working on and can say why that is important work to do.

  • Add "overstressed" to "People should not feel unchallenged or frustrated or overworked."

  • Team are aggressive about adjusting to the changing environment. When things change the team are discussing how to address it in a positive way and not with head in hands crying "we're all doomed".

  • Team are constantly looking to continually optimise their performance and (to avoid local minima) are always looking for ways to make the end to end process more efficient.

  • If you look around the team you find most things are being built just in time, little is just sitting on a shelf waiting to be tested, read, commented on etc. e.g. little untested code lying around.

  • If you look at the end to end process you see a smooth flow of value add activities, all the way from ideas down to delivery. Queue and batch is used minimally, and only where needed.

Thanks to Jeffrey Fredrick, Dadi Ingolfsson, and Andy Schneider.

## Posted at 11:06 in category /agile [permalink] [top]

Update to Bang feature of ColumnFixture

Earlier, I described an update to the Fit ColumnFixture that lets you head a column with a name like "calc!", which means that "calc" is an operation that's not expected to produce any result. (Later columns check what the operation did.)

At Rick Mugridge's suggestion, I've updated it so that "error" tags can be used when the operation is expected to fail. That looks like this:

Normally, the column below the "bang" cell has nothing in it. However, the cells may use the "error" notation if the action is intended to fail. The next three columns show different options for what to do once a setter method fails as expected.

this will fail!
you can ignore()
you can check()
you can expect errors()

some ignored value that shows greyed out
an expected value

Source is at the same old place.

## Posted at 08:20 in category /fit [permalink] [top]

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Agile Testing Directions
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Technology-facing product critiques
Testers on agile projects

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