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‚Agile Testing Condensed‘ — A Review

Agile Testing Condensed‘ is the 3rd book by Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin. As the title already indicates, it’s a short book – the print version has about 100 pages. Luckily, I got a printed version at the Agile Testing Days 2019 in Potsdam and had it signed.

The book covers the important topics of testing in an agile context on a high level. For details it regularly refers to the other books ‘Agile Testing‘ and ‘More Agile Testing‘ (to which I contributed a section). One topic the book returns to regularly is the ‘Whole Team Approach’. I like this first of all, because to me this is the core part of agile testing. In my experience, it is this aspect that troubles teams. And second of all, I this is great, because the details described in the other books, can, at times, make it hard to see this overarching relation.

If I had to name one thing that might be improved, that would be the size of the images. To me, they came out a bit too small to be easy to read. Since I also bought the ebook (where I can zoom the images), that’s not a big deal.

I highly recommend reading ‘Agile Testing Condensed’ to everybody who is looking for an overview of the topic or who likes to have a reference at hand to quickly look up a certain aspect.

Calling Me Names — New Labels

After a one year break, I was back to the Agile Testing Days this year (2019). Damian Synadinos gave a great keynote “More Than That“, where he explained, that we are more than ‘just’ testers. We can also be: parents, programmers, trainers, musicians, comedians… The list is long. This got me thinking about labels and titles I’ve put on (or used) myself.

In another talk Tobias Geyer shared his thoughts about wizards & witches (from Terry Pratchett’s series of novels about the disc world) in “Wizards, Witches and Testing” and in it he compared the witches and wizards of the disc world to testers and programmers. Given this input, I clearly identify myself as a witch.

During the breaks, I kept thinking about which labels I could put on myself, especially some that may be a tad bit far-fetched: Since I have some bits of high-tech implanted in my body I could be labeled as a cyborg, technically.

Following a similar thought: If one consumed blood of other people, that make one a vampire. And I did, during an operation last year, I thankfully received a transfusion.

Hmm, a vampire cyborg. There must be more positive sounding labels!

Then, there was a “AgileTD Late Night Talk Show” hosted by Daniël Maslyn. I was invited as a guest to speak about my cancer treatment I went through during the last year and a half. Daniël labeled me as a Jedi Knight, for having gone through this. Thank you! “Jedi Knight” — that’s a label that sounds much more positive! 🥳

"IT DEPENDS" Certified Practitioner

Also during the conference, I became a certified practitioner of “It Depends”, thanks to the exam by Gitte Klitgaard. Very nice, too!

And just after the Agile Testing Days, I took and passed the exam to become an  Agile Testing Fellow

Other than that, since 2013 I occasionally become SuperAgilePerson.

A tiny part of @Stuartliveart‘s sketch note from Agile Testing Days 2015

Let’s combine all those labels:

Cyborg Vampire Agile Testing Fellow
It-Depends Practitioner SuperAgilePerson Jedi Knight Witch

Oh, what a title! I won’t use all of those labels all the time, certainly not on a business card. 😉

What are your labels and titles?

Agile Testing Days 2019: A Keynote

I’ll be giving a Keynote at the Agile Testing Days 2019 in Potsdam, Germany: “Being Lucky”.

Stehpan's Keynote at ATD: Being Lucky

Here’s the abstract:

Good fortune can be influenced, so let’s do it.
Do you think a little more luck in your life could help?
Someone at the Agile Testing Days once noticed that I seem to be a particularly lucky person. This made me ponder: Am I lucky? When? How often? Where? I also asked myself, whether it’s possible to influence luck.
Episodes, some from this very conference right from the beginning in 2009, illustrate how luck can strike. However, it doesn’t necessarily feel like a lucky moment at the time it happens. It may actually feel embarrassing and stressful. These stories also provide some heuristics to help you become more lucky.
Lesson learned: While luck can’t entirely be controlled, it might in fact be shaped in our favour.

Agile Testing Days 2016 — Part 6: Conference Day 3

For the 3rd conference day, I’d like to mention two highlights: Ida Karine Bohlin‘s “The Tinder Project—How To Test The Right Swipes” and Gojko Adzic‘s keynote “Snow White and the 777.777.777 Dwarfs“.

Ida introduced Tinder, an online service to meet people. It can be used to find someone to have a chat at an airport or meet a lifetime partner. She described how she applied her testing knowledge to search for a partner on Tinder. The compilation of acceptance criteria  was hilarious already, including a good dozen aspects from handsome (but not weak) to strong enough so he could help with heavy luggage at airports. She presented the testing quadrant for identifying test approaches she applied and a testing pyramid to be used. To me, the topic of agile testing was very well presented, the talk was very funny and entertaining. Well done, Ida! I believe it would make a great keynote to introduce the topic of agile testing at a conference!

Gojko presented some aspects, that he believes will change the world of testing in dramatic ways. Two of the reasons for these changes are the ever decreasing cost of computation in general (e.g. by  services such as AWS Lambda), and the decreasing time needed to fix issues after production defects are found.

When applying a micro service architecture, the single service can be tiny — Gojko talks about a few dozen lines of code. With so little code, finding the cause of a bug is typically easy. (At least a lot easier than in a code base containing hundreds or thousands of lines.)

Let me finish with just one tweet about this talk (there are many more on Twitter):

Due to Gojko’s presentation there was a whole new session dedicated to “Gojko’s Future” during the unconference day that followed this 3rd day of Agile Testing Days 2016. But since that’s another day, I will cover it in the next blog post.

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