Agile Teamwork Thanks to Agile, You Can No Longer Be a Selfish Tester

You achieve much greater things if you trust your testing team and focus on the entire software lifecycle rather than your own personal goals. Over the years, agile has made it difficult to be both selfish and successful as a tester.

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Josiah Renaudin
Better Software magazine cover What’s in the Spring 2017 Issue of Better Software Magazine

This is the second issue of Better Software magazine for 2017, and it has the largest page count of the last few years. With close to one hundred thousand subscribers worldwide, Better Software is fulfilling a real need in the software development community. As always, this issue has some thought-provoking articles.

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Ken Whitaker
Learning An Agile Mindset: Learning Early, Not Failing Fast

Agile encourages teams to continuously improve through learning. One of the phrases associated with this process is "failing fast"—trying new things and taking lessons from mistakes as you go. But Johanna Rothman thinks "learning early" is a better phrase. That change in terminology can give you a happier mindset.

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Johanna Rothman
laptop with app icons The Difference between Software Testing and Hardware Testing

Hardware and software have become a necessary part of virtually every company and household, and the vendors that serve these audiences must ensure that their products work as they should. Sanjay Zalavadia looks at the difference between software testing and hardware testing.

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Sanjay Zalavadia
test tubes containing different colored liquids The Value of Experimentation in Testing

With new concepts, platforms, methodologies, and devices being introduced at a rapid rate, it’s critical to both initiate and establish a culture of experimentation within your testing team. You need to experiment and take risks in order to keep pace and hopefully surpass the competition.

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Josiah Renaudin
Problem and solution 3 Common Collaboration Problems for Teams Transitioning to Agile

A shift toward working in smaller teams on tighter releases forces organizations adopting agile to rethink what successful delivery looks like. It can be a big change for those used to silos. Here are three key symptoms of agile teams that don’t have close collaboration—and some solutions you can implement to fix them.

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Kevin Dunne
Exploratory testing 3 Reasons Exploratory Testing Is Great for Agile Teams

Specification-based testing is critical for determining whether a user story is “done done.” But that doesn’t ensure a positive user experience. Coherence, comprehension, and usability are beyond the scope of automated functional testing. Here are three reasons agile teams should embrace exploratory testing.

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Ingo Philipp
Specialist Finding a Home for Specialists on Cross-Functional Agile Teams

It may seem like the best team would be composed of all specialists, but due to their proficiency in only one area, they can actually hold up an agile workflow. You can keep specialists on your cross-functional teams; you just need to structure their work. Here are four options for making good use of a specialist.

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Steve Berczuk