34: Janet Gregory: Agile Testing

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Agile Testing

If you’ve resolved to start your Agile testing efforts off right in 2015, then this episode is for you. You’ll discover what foundational principles you’ll need for better Agile practices in the new year.

Janet shares with us a bunch of awesome Agile tips and tricks to help those who are trying to improve their current Agile Testing efforts, as well as anyone who wants to start their 2015 testing projects using good, solid Agile testing best practices.

About Janet Gregory

Janet Gregory Agile

Janet Gregory is a Calgary-based consultant, specializing building quality systems. Her passion is promoting agile quality processes in software development.

She is co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team

Janet has helped introduce agile practices into companies as tester or coach, and has successfully transitioned traditional test teams into the agile world. Her focus is working the business users and testers to understand their role in agile projects. She practices Lean principles, Extreme Programming, and SCRUM. Her experience as a QA Manager both in a traditional and in agile environments gives her an understanding of the issues faced by most teams. She has introduced lasting change into organizations.

Janet contributes articles to publications such as Better Software, Software Test & Performance Magazine and Agile Journal, and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences and user group meetings around the world. Janet was named one of the 13 Women of Influence in testing by Software Test & Performance magazine – January 2010 issue.

Janet has a degree in Computing Science from the University of Alberta, an Information Management Certificate from the University of Calgary, Scrum Master Certification, and took her Quality Management Certification from the ASQ (American Society for Quality).

Quotes & Insights from this Test Talk

  • Agile testing is a mindset. The whole team approach is when everyone on the team understands how much testing is involved.
  • Testing is not just testing software after its been delivered to the testers, but rather it’s about testing ideas, assumption and getting fast feedback all the way thru
  • Learn to think with layers
  • You don’t need to be a programmer to be a tester but you do need to have technical awareness. Testers have to be able to understand enough to be able to have conversations with developers.
  • Is Testing dead?
  • Learn the dangers of putting off automation
  • Automating regression tests and tedious manual tasks frees the team for more important work, such as exploratory testing.
  • As with many impediments that agile teams face, you can start cutting your team’s test technical debt down to a manageable level by first giving it visibility.
  • Discover the Legend of the Test Automation Volcano
  • How to avoid mini-waterfall
  • Much, much more!

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