More Agile Testing > Test Automation

This is digitalised collection of testing resources created and published by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory in their book More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team“. For more details on their work, visit http://agiletester.ca.

Already digitalised and checked parts: Introduction, Learning For Better Testing, Planning, Testing Business Value, Investigative Testing. Comming soon:  What Is Your Context?, Agile Testing in Practice.

Part VI: Test Automation

Books

Articles, Blog Posts, Courses, Videos, Code Examples

MORE AGILE TESTING > INVESTIGATIVE TESTING

This is digitalised collection of testing resources created and published by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory in their book More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team“. For more details on their work, visit http://agiletester.ca.

Already digitalised and checked parts: Introduction, Learning For Better Testing, Planning, Testing Business Value. Comming soon: Test Automation, What Is Your Context?, Agile Testing in Practice.

Part V: Investigative Testing

Books

Articles, Blog Posts, Slide Decks, and Websites

More Agile Testing > Testing Business Value

This is digitalised collection of testing resources created and published by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory in their book More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team“. For more details on their work, visit http://agiletester.ca.

Already digitalised and checked parts: Introduction, Learning For Better Testing, Planning. Comming soon: Investigative Testing, Test Automation, What Is Your Context?, Agile Testing in Practice.

Part IV: Testing Business Value

Books

Articles, Blog Posts, Slide Decks, and Websites

More Agile Testing > Planning

This is digitalised collection of testing resources created and published by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory in their book More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team“. For more details on their work, visit http://agiletester.ca.

Already digitalised and checked parts: Introduction, Learning For Better Testing. Comming soon: Testing Business Value, Investigative Testing, Test Automation, What Is Your Context?, Agile Testing in Practice.

Part III: Planning—So You Don’t Forget the Big Picture

Books

Freeman, Steve, and Nat Pryce, Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests, Addison-Wesley, 2009.
Galen, Robert, Software Endgames: Eliminating Defects, Controlling Change, and the Countdown to On-Time Delivery, Dorset House, 2005.
Gottesdiener, Ellen, and Mary Gorman, Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis, 2012.
Hendrickson, Elisabeth, Explore It! Reduce Risk and Increase Confidence with Exploratory Testing, Pragmatic Programmer, 2013.
Hüttermann, Michael, Agile ALM: Lightweight Tools and Agile Strategies, Manning Publications, 2011.
Whittaker, James A., Jason Arbon, and Jeff Carollo, How Google Tests Software, Addison- Wesley, 2012.

Articles, Blog Posts, Slide Decks

More Agile Testing > Learning For Better Testing

This is digitalised collection of testing resources created and published by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory in their book More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team“. For more details on their work, visit http://agiletester.ca.

Already digitalised and checked parts: Introduction. Comming soon: Planning—So You Don’t Forget the Big Picture, Testing Business Value, Investigative Testing, Test Automation, What Is Your Context?, Agile Testing in Practice.

Part II: Learning for Better Testing

Books

Blog Posts and Online Articles

Courses, Conferences, Online Communities, Podcasts

More Agile Testing > Introduction

Two weeks ago on Slack, we talked about collections of good resources and Lisa wrote that she and Janet created a good one, but it is not available online. I volunteered to digitalise it and she agreed. Since then I am checking links and reading articles. What can I say – it is an AMAZING collection! Thank you, Lisa, for your kind allowance to publish the list online.

This is the bibliography list created and published by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory, More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole TeamFor more details on their work, visit http://agiletester.ca.

Part I: Introduction

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Creating Magic

This week I am having an operation. I had a terrible fear, but turn out that my body is very good on healing and recovering. I have a lot of time and gladly I took some books with me. Finally, I am having time to read “Creating magic – 10 common sense leadership strategies from a life at Disney” by Lee Cockerell.

The book is very clearly written. Lee describes his way from a farm to a magic kingdom through failures and lessons learned. He is the author of Disney leader strategies, which he based on common sense. For me, as a tester, the reference to common sense made a special joy!

Lee starts the book with following words: “It’s not the magic that makes it work; it’s the way we work that makes it magic”. For ten years Lee was responsible for Walt Disney World with 59 000 employees. Rational, muscular, no-nonsense business strategy of Disney is utmost care and respect. For everyone! Guests AND employees. Treat your employees how you want your guests be treated.

The whole book is about leadership as an act of care and respect; as a responsibility not as a title or role. For Lee being a leader means making the right things happen by bringing out the best in others. How oft did you experience that at your work?

“The study found that business units with the highest scores in guest satisfaction where the same ones whose leaders received high ratings from their direct reports in qualities such as listening, coaching, recognizing people’s efforts, and giving people decision-making authority.” Ration 80:20 reflects the vital importance of inspiring, motivating, teaching, and other so-called soft skills. Lee opinion is that the soft stuff is actually the hard stuff, but if you get it right, everything else tends to fall into place. When everyone matters and everyone knows he or she matters, employees are happy to work, and they’re eager to give you their energy, creativity, and loyalty.

My favourite chapter is about strategy #7: Burn The Free Fuel. The main idea is about leaders emotional impact on employees. Lee summaries it in an acronym ARE: appreciation, recognition and encouragement. He calls it cost-free, fully sustainable fuel, which builds self-confidence, self-esteem, and keeps an organisation running clean and smoothly. “ARE is more powerful than the fuels that make engines roar and space shuttles soar, because it propels human energy and motivation.”

Another chapter which talks to me is strategy #6: Learn The Truth. It is about the hard way to build trust relationships with everyone with aim to know what you need to know to make a decision. “I had no idea that was going on” is not an excuse for a leader. ”Knowing what’s going on is your responsibility”. “I’ve seen it happen to a great many otherwise competent leaders. Some rely too much on vague data and dubious information; some isolate themselves, acting as though employees below a certain level had nothing to offer; some get defensive in the face of constructive criticism; and some develop reputations for lashing out at those who deliver unpleasant facts, so people stop coming to them.” One of his suggestions is to get out regularly. In one of his previous hotels he daily checked the whole hotel, each elevator and stairwell and corridor of all fourteen floors. On the way meeting and greeting guests and employees. Lee writes: “Getting out and about regularly was a great investment of time. Not only did it allow me to see the operations up close, but it helped me get to know everyone on the staff better, and all of them in turn became more comfortable telling me what I needed to know.” In software industry – how many CEOs do you know who walks through offices more then once a week?

 

I am reading this book in very special time in my life – taking care of my health, moving to the new house and switching careers. Some of my work experiences I made in toxic environments, I am happy that I had the strength to leave it in the past. I wish more people, not only with fancy titles, would read Lees book and that each of us can work and evolve in an environment, which empowers us and make us the best versions we can be.

30DayChallenge

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I love challenges! So it was natural for me that even I am going on 4 week vacation on July, I will participate 30DayChallange organised by Ministry Of Testing aka call to do THINGS and STUFF and not loose energy in meaningless fights.

Here is my progress so far:

1.Buy one testing related book and read it by day 30

I bought a book and I start to read a book, it is just not the same book. The book I ordered is stuck somewhere on its way to me, so I checked my eBook “shelf”, blow the dust and will read “The Secrets of Consulting” by Gerald Weinberg.

16.Go to a non-testing event

I attended local Software Craftsmanship meet-up. The topic was Elastic Search with Kibana. Not really my cup of tea, but I learned a new tool, met people out of my circle and saw how developers organise their meet-ups.

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17.Find and share a quote that inspires you

The way how I feel and do things is very active. I came lately to conclusion that I need lean back and rethink – is this really something where I want to invest my time and energy? That is why my current quote is:

don’t feed what you don’t want to see grow

23.Help someone test better

I have a colleague who is great tester, but did not believe herself. I willed to help her to become better and more aware of her skills. We started reading club. It works pretty good and we are now more connected, because via sharing our thought on the book, we learn how each of us think and notice. Our latest session was on Thursday and afterwards we both agreed to make an experiment and do pair testing together for #30DaysChallenge. I am really looking forward to it!

30.Give someone positive feedback

This is another thing what I intentionally do on daily bases – I give feedback and I try to find something positive. I do not know how about you, but I constantly get negative feedback. I do not know, may be people think something bad will happen if they will say something positive… At the beginning I thought that everything what I do is bad. It took me long time to build confidence for my work. I learned that feedback and my work is not directly connected. Side effect of negative-feedback-community is – if you finally say something positive, people do not believe! This week we had retrospective in our development team and I told to my developers that I like to work with them together. They reaction was no reaction. So I continued with “It is not politeness, guys, I REALLY like to work with you!” At the end we all were laughing.

Reading Club

I have a colleague, which is great tester and super good lunch buddy, but she is also mother of two little boys. She would love to learn more about testing, but struggles to find the time for it. On the other side – me, doing hundred things in the same time and quite oft finishing only some of them.

So we had an idea to read a book about software testing together. One week – one chapter, weekly discussions and thought sharing to keep our motivations high. We start with “Explore it!” by Elisabeth Hendrickson.

"Explore It!" A book on exploratory testing by Elisabeth Hendrickson

My colleague will read German translation, I – original English. We plan to start on Eastern. I will keep you posted how we will do.

Mystery of achievements

Frequently I hear questions like this: you are married, have three kids, full time job, constantly reading and organising meet-ups, how do you do it?

I love Michael’s answer:

“If there is any “secret” in all of this, that statement is it. That’s the magic. It’s the magic of mindfulness, the secret is owning this process and being wholly responsible for success. When we do well, celebrate. When we backslide, acknowledge and learn. When we discover something doesn’t work any longer, adapt. Regardless of what it is, good or bad, euphoric or frustrating, enlightening or damning, “own it, log it, and move on”.

I’m not perfect by any means, but I know how this feels, and that is often a big help to others. Start your journey, and let me know if I can be of any help along the way.”

Read his story, it is very inspiring!

 

Comparing is source of many trouble. My way worked for me, you have to find your way. No mystery, just setting priorities and sticking to them in good and in bad times. If you want to learn something, than stop searching for excuses and use every chance to study. Even if it is only reading for five minutes a day. Make baby steps toward your goal.

Book suggestion for daily 5min reading:Lessons Learned in Software Testing