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V-model vs Agile …

V-model vs Agile …

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to this evening’s fight between two heavyweight contenders. In the red corner we have V-model, defending champion and staunch fighter with stamina and in it for the long haul. In the blue corner we have the young upstart, Agile, contending for the title of best methodology with it’s ability to react, adapt and move quickly. Which one will win… I’ve found that many conversations about development methodologies end up in a bout similar to this; a battle;…

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Cambridge Lean Coffee – 20/01/2016 – All about the automation…

Cambridge Lean Coffee – 20/01/2016 – All about the automation…

Lean coffee this month was hosted by Towers Watson. Our group today had a mix 50/50 of testers and developers which made for an automation bias in the topics which made for an interesting change of discussions. Why do we need to employ testers? (when we have good test automation)…. very common question from non-testers. The question framed from the query about at which point do you add testers to a team/company when your developers have or are planning to have solid…

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Agile Testing Days 2015 – New focus

Agile Testing Days 2015 – New focus

I wrote this as a preamble to the conference blog posts, but for some reason I’m adding it last! I’ve attended this conference since 2012, but this year my testing world looks very different which has affected my focus for this conference. Moving from a very forward looking Agile world into one that is still pretty content with V-model and strict processes (which is understandable due to the environments and hardware constraints) has been a difficult one but one with a…

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Change starts with me – Agile Testing Days 2015 – Day 3

Change starts with me – Agile Testing Days 2015 – Day 3

The final day is here, and looking at the programme, it was to prove to be a bit of a mixed bag. Inspiring The first keynote of the day was by Selena Delesie (@SelenaDelesie), a lovely lady who I had the pleasure to meet both her and her son at least years conference. Her keynote, ‘Agile leadership lessons’, started with some interesting questions like “if you could have dinner with any person alive, who would it be?”. Selena’s was Richard…

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Games and growth – Agile Testing Days 2015 – Day 2

Games and growth – Agile Testing Days 2015 – Day 2

Got up early enough and was awake enough (just) to get to Lean Coffee this morning, and as always it ended up with 4 groups of ‘leaners’! Our table had some familiar faces, Emma (@EmmaATester), Abby (@a_bangser) and Michael Larsen (@mkltesthead) as well as several new ones. The topics were varied which conference lean coffee’s always are, and we talked about topics such as whether there were any good metrics for measuring testing, KPI’s for a team/company transitioning to ‘Agile’,…

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Play it again, Potsdam – Agile Testing Days so far…

Play it again, Potsdam – Agile Testing Days so far…

In an effort to blog about this more quickly that in the past, I’m doing semi-live blogging each evening, summing up the days events… they may need editing later, but they represent my thoughts of the days talks. Where words fail, music speaks… was the first keynote of the conference by Huib Schoots & Alex Schladebeck. The sight of a violin, trombone and two music stands on the stage was unusual to say the least, as we kicked off Agile testing days…

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Cambridge Lean Coffee – June 2015

Cambridge Lean Coffee – June 2015

This months Cambridge Lean Coffee was kindly hosted by Linguamatics for the first time; big thanks to James Thomas, Head of Testing, for making us feel welcome. It was another large group, with over 15 people in attendance! Here are the topics we discussed and those that were on the backlog: Done Testing Katas – any experience? Knowledge sharing across QA in scrum teams/how to nuture testers across teams Any experiences of introducing agile testing methods to traditional environments Backlog…

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Cambridge Lean Coffee – May 2015

Cambridge Lean Coffee – May 2015

Held at Redgate Software on the 27th May with 10 people attending This isn’t a write up about the discussions we had, but we decided that it would be cool to list topics that were discussed/on the backlog. We talked about How sacrosanct do you treat exploratory testing Developer/QA pairings Time estimates – tips & tricks Generalise or Specialise? What did you last learn about testing? Left on the backlog What (if any) conferences do you recommend? How far do you go…

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Automating and Illuminating

Automating and Illuminating

Automatic headlights on cars are very common place now. Usually operated by a light sensor on the dash, they remove the need for the driver to manually operate the headlight switch other than to switch it to ‘Auto’. I have them on my Honda Civic (great little car!), and whilst I was skeptical about them to start with, it is very much a fire-and-forget feature now. When it is dark or approaching darkness, they turn on; when it’s light, they…

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Cambridge Lean Coffee – April 2015

Cambridge Lean Coffee – April 2015

Held at DisplayLink on the 29th April – there were a whopping 18 people in attendance! This isn’t a write up about the discussions we had, but we decided that it would be cool to list topics that were discussed/on the backlog. We talked about Regression testing – what to cut? Test strategies – what real value have you found in them? How do you make sure testing takes place early enough in a sprint? Left on the backlog Scrum…

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