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  • Copyright 2015
  • Pages: 1114
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-419062-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-419062-4

A Comprehensive Collection of Agile Testing Best Practices: Two Definitive Guides from Leading Pioneers

Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin haven’t just pioneered agile testing, they have also written two of the field’s most valuable guidebooks. Now, you can get both guides in one indispensable eBook collection: today’s must-have resource for all agile testers, teams, managers, and customers. Combining comprehensive best practices and wisdom contained in these two titles, The Agile Testing Collection will help you adapt agile testing to your environment, systematically improve your skills and processes, and strengthen engagement across your entire development team.

The first title, Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams, defines the agile testing discipline and roles, and helps you choose, organize, and use the tools that will help you the most. Writing from the tester’s viewpoint, Gregory and Crispin chronicle an entire agile software development iteration, and identify and explain seven key success factors of agile testing.

The second title, More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team, addresses crucial emerging issues, shares evolved practices, and covers key issues that delivery teams want to learn more about. It offers powerful new insights into continuous improvement, scaling agile testing across teams and the enterprise, overcoming pitfalls of automation, testing in regulated environments, integrating DevOps practices, and testing mobile/embedded and business intelligence systems.

The Agile Testing Collection will help you do all this and much more.

  • Customize agile testing processes to your needs, and successfully transition to them
  • Organize agile teams, clarify roles, hire new testers, and quickly bring them up to speed
  • Engage testers in agile development, and help agile team members improve their testing skills
  • Use tests and collaborate with business experts to plan features and guide development
  • Design automated tests for superior reliability and easier maintenance
  • Plan “just enough,” balancing small increments with larger feature sets and the entire system
  • Test to identify and mitigate risks, and prevent future defects
  • Perform exploratory testing using personas, tours, and test charters with session- and thread-based techniques
  • Help testers, developers, and operations experts collaborate on shortening feedback cycles with continuous integration and delivery

Both guides in this collection are thoroughly grounded in the authors’ extensive experience, and supported by examples from actual projects. Now, with both books integrated into a single, easily searchable, and cross-linked eBook, you can learn from their experience even more easily.

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Table of Contents

Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams

Note from the Publisher iiA

Foreword by Mike Cohn xxxvA

Foreword by Brian Marick xxxviiA

Preface xviiiiA

Acknowledgments xlixA

About the Authors liiiA

Part I: Introduction 1A

Chapter 1: What Is Agile Testing, Anyway? 3A

Agile Values 3A

What Do We Mean by “Agile Testing”? 4A

A Little Context for Roles and Activities on an Agile Team 7A

How Is Agile Testing Different? 9A

Whole-Team Approach 15A

Summary 17A

Chapter 2: Ten Principles for Agile Testers 19A

What’s an Agile Tester? 19A

The Agile Testing Mind-Set 20A

Applying Agile Principles and Values 21A

Adding Value 31A

Summary 33A

Part II: Organizational Challenges 35A

Chapter 3: Cultural Challenges 37A

Organizational Culture 37A

Barriers to Successful Agile Adoption by Test/QA Teams 44A

Introducing Change 49A

Management Expectations 52A

Change Doesn’t Come Easy 56A

Summary 58A

Chapter 4: Team Logistics 59A

Team Structure 59A

Physical Logistics 65A

Resources 66A

Building a Team 69A

Summary 71A

Chapter 5: Transitioning Typical Processes 73A

Seeking Lightweight Processes 73A

Metrics 74A

Defect Tracking 79A

Test Planning 86A

Existing Processes and Models 88A

Summary 93A

Part III: The Agile Testing Quadrants 95A

Chapter 6: The Purpose of Testing 97A

The Agile Testing Quadrants 97A

Knowing When a Story Is Done 104A

Managing Technical Debt 106A

Testing in Context 106A

Summary 108A

Chapter 7: Technology-Facing Tests that Support the Team 109A

An Agile Testing Foundation 109A

Why Write and Execute These Tests? 112A

Where Do Technology-Facing Tests Stop? 119A

What If the Team Doesn’t Do These Tests? 121A

Toolkit 123A

Summary 127A

Chapter 8: Business-Facing Tests that Support the Team 129A

Driving Development with Business-Facing Tests 129A

The Requirements Quandary 132A

Thin Slices, Small Chunks 144A

How Do We Know We’re Done? 146A

Tests Mitigate Risk 147A

Testability and Automation 149A

Summary 150A

Chapter 9: Toolkit for Business-Facing Tests that Support the Team 153A

Business-Facing Test Tool Strategy 153A

Tools to Elicit Examples and Requirements 155A

Tools for Automating Tests Based on Examples 164A

Strategies for Writing Tests 177A

Testability 183A

Test Management 186A

Summary 186A

Chapter 10: Business-Facing Tests that Critique the Product 189A

Introduction to Quadrant 3 190A

Demonstrations 191A

Scenario Testing 192A

Exploratory Testing 195A

Usability Testing 202A

Behind the GUI 204A

Testing Documents and Documentation 207A

Tools to Assist with Exploratory Testing 210A

Summary 214A

Chapter 11: Critiquing the Product Using Technology-Facing Tests 217A

Introduction to Quadrant 4 217A

Who Does It? 220A

When Do You Do It? 222A

“ility” Testing 223A

Performance, Load, Stress, and Scalability Testing 233A

Summary 238A

Chapter 12: Summary of Testing Quadrants 241A

Review of the Testing Quadrants 241A

A System Test Example 242A

Tests Driving Development 244A

Automation 245A

Critiquing the Product with Business-Facing Tests 248A

Documentation 251A

Using the Agile Testing Quadrants 252A

Summary 253A

Part IV: Automation 255A

Chapter 13: Why We Want to Automate Tests and What Holds Us Back 257A

Why Automate? 258A

Barriers to Automation–Things that Get in the Way 264A

Can We Overcome These Barriers? 270A

Summary 271A

Chapter 14: An Agile Test Automation Strategy 273A

An Agile Approach to Test Automation 274A

What Can We Automate? 279A

What Shouldn’t We Automate? 285A

What Might Be Hard to Automate? 287A

Developing an Automation Strategy–Where Do We Start? 288A

Applying Agile Principles to Test Automation 298A

Supplying Data for Tests 304A

Evaluating Automation Tools 311A

Implementing Automation 316A

Managing Automated Tests 319A

Go Get Started 324A

Summary 324A

Part V: An Iteration in the Life of a Tester 327A

Chapter 15: Tester Activities in Release or Theme Planning 329A

The Purpose of Release Planning 330A

Sizing 332A

Prioritizing 338A

What’s in Scope? 340A

Test Planning 345A

Test Plan Alternatives 350A

Preparing for Visibility 354A

Summary 366A

Chapter 16: Hit the Ground Running 369A

Be Proactive 369A

Advance Clarity 373A

Examples 378A

Test Strategies 380A

Prioritize Defects 381A

Resources 381A

Summary 382A

Chapter 17: Iteration Kickoff 383A

Iteration Planning 383A

Testable Stories 393A

Collaborate with Customers 396A

High-Level Tests and Examples 397A

Summary 403A

Chapter 18: Coding and Testing 405A

Driving Development 406A

Tests that Critique the Product 412A

Collaborate with Programmers 413A

Talk to Customers 414A

Completing Testing Tasks 415A

Dealing with Bugs 416A

It’s All about Choices 419A

Facilitate Communication 429A

Regression Tests 432A

Resources 434A

Iteration Metrics 435A

Summary 440A

Chapter 19: Wrap Up the Iteration 443A

Iteration Demo 443A

Retrospectives 444A

Celebrate Successes 449A

Summary 451A

Chapter 20: Successful Delivery 453A

What Makes a Product? 453A

Planning Enough Time for Testing 455A

The End Game 456A

Customer Testing 464A

Post-Development Testing Cycles 467A

Deliverables 468A

Releasing the Product 470A

Customer Expectations 475A

Summary 476A

Part VI: Summary 479A

Chapter 21: Key Success Factors 481A

Success Factor 1: Use the Whole-Team Approach 482A

Success Factor 2: Adopt an Agile Testing Mind-Set 482A

Success Factor 3: Automate Regression Testing 484A

Success Factor 4: Provide and Obtain Feedback 484A

Success Factor 5: Build a Foundation of Core Practices 486A

Success Factor 6: Collaborate with Customers 489A

Success Factor 7: Look at the Big Picture 490A

Summary 491A

Glossary 493A

Bibliography 501A

Index 509A

More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team

Foreword by Elisabeth Hendrickson ixB

Foreword by Johanna Rothman xiB

Preface xiiiB

Acknowledgments xxiB

About the Authors xxvB

About the Contributors xxviiB

Part I: Introduction 1B

Chapter 1: How Agile Testing Has Evolved 3B

Summary 6B

Chapter 2: The Importance of Organizational Culture 7B

Investing Time 8B

The Importance of a Learning Culture 12B

Fostering a Learning Culture 13B

Transparency and Feedback Loops 15B

Educating the Organization 17B

Managing Testers 19B

Summary 20B

Part II: Learning for Better Testing 21B

Chapter 3: Roles and Competencies 23B

Competencies versus Roles 24B

T-Shaped Skill Set 28B

Generalizing Specialists 33B

Hiring the Right People 36B

Onboarding Testers 37B

Summary 39B

Chapter 4: Thinking Skills for Testing 41B

Facilitating 42B

Solving Problems 43B

Giving and Receiving Feedback 45B

Learning the Business Domain 46B

Coaching and Listening Skills 48B

Thinking Differently 49B

Organizing 51B

Collaborating 52B

Summary 53B

Chapter 5: Technical Awareness 55B

Guiding Development with Examples 55B

Automation and Coding Skills 56B

General Technical Skills 59B

Development Environments 59B

Test Environments 60B

Continuous Integration and Source Code Control Systems 62B

Testing Quality Attributes 65B

Test Design Techniques 67B

Summary 67B

Chapter 6: How to Learn 69B

Learning Styles 69B

Learning Resources 72B

Time for Learning 77B

Helping Others Learn 79B

Summary 83B

Part III: Planning–So You Don’t Forget the Big Picture 85B

Chapter 7: Levels of Precision for Planning 87B

Different Points of View 87B

Planning for Regression Testing 97B

Visualize What You Are Testing 98B

Summary 100B

Chapter 8: Using Models to Help Plan 101B

Agile Testing Quadrants 101B

Challenging the Quadrants 108B

Using Other Influences for Planning 113B

Planning for Test Automation 115B

Summary 116B

Part IV: Testing Business Value 119B

Chapter 9: Are We Building the Right Thing? 121B

Start with “Why” 121B

Tools for Customer Engagement 123B

More Tools or Techniques for Exploring Early 134B

Invest to Build the Right Thing 134B

Summary 135B

Chapter 10: The Expanding Tester’s Mindset: Is This My Job? 137B

Whose Job Is This Anyway? 137B

Take the Initiative 142B

Summary 144B

Chapter 11: Getting Examples 145B

The Power of Using Examples 145B

Guiding Development with Examples 148B

Where to Get Examples 155B

Benefits of Using Examples 157B

Potential Pitfalls of Using Examples 159B

The Mechanics of Using Examples to Guide Coding 162B

Summary 162B

Part V: Investigative Testing 163B

Chapter 12: Exploratory Testing 165B

Creating Test Charters 168B

Generating Test Charter Ideas 171B

Managing Test Charters 176B

Exploring in Groups 183B

Recording Results for Exploratory Test Sessions 185B

Where Exploratory Testing Fits into Agile Testing 188B

Summary 190B

Chapter 13: Other Types of Testing 191B

So Many Testing Needs 192B

Concurrency Testing 194B

Internationalization and Localization 195B

Regression Testing Challenges 200B

User Acceptance Testing 201B

A/B Testing 203B

User Experience Testing 205B

Summary 207B

Part VI: Test Automation 209B

Chapter 14: Technical Debt in Testing 211B

Make It Visible 212B

Work on the Biggest Problem–and Get the Whole Team Involved 217B

Summary 220B

Chapter 15: Pyramids of Automation 223B

The Original Pyramid 223B

Alternate Forms of the Pyramid 224B

The Dangers of Putting Off Test Automation 227B

Using the Pyramid to Show Different Dimensions 231B

Summary 235B

Chapter 16: Test Automation Design Patterns and Approaches 237B

Involve the Whole Team 238B

Starting Off Right 239B

Design Principles and Patterns 240B

Test Maintenance 248B

Summary 251B

Chapter 17: Selecting Test Automation Solutions 253B

Solutions for Teams in Transition 253B

Meeting New Automation Challenges with the Whole Team 258B

Achieving Team Consensus for Automation Solutions 260B

How Much Automation Is Enough? 262B

Collaborative Solutions for Choosing Tools 264B

Scaling Automation to Large Organizations 264B

Other Automation Considerations 268B

Summary 269B

Part VII: What Is Your Context? 271B

Chapter 18: Agile Testing in the Enterprise 275B

What Do We Mean by “Enterprise”? 275B

“Scaling” Agile Testing 276B

Coordinating Multiple Teams 283B

Consistent Tooling 289B

Managing Dependencies 292B

Advantages of Reaching Out beyond the Delivery Team 296B

Summary 297B

Chapter 19: Agile Testing on Distributed Teams 299B

Why Not Colocate? 301B

Common Challenges 302B

Strategies for Coping 308B

Offshore Testing 312B

Tool Ideas for Distributed Teams 319B

Summary 322B

Chapter 20: Agile Testing for Mobile and Embedded Systems 325B

Similar, Yet Different 326B

Testing Is Critical 328B

Agile Approaches 329B

Summary 337B

Chapter 21: Agile Testing in Regulated Environments 339B

The “Lack of Documentation” Myth 339B

Agile and Compliance 340B

Summary 346B

Chapter 22: Agile Testing for Data Warehouses and Business Intelligence Systems 347B

What Is Unique about Testing BI/DW? 348B

Using Agile Principles 351B

Data–the Critical Asset 352B

Big Data 357B

Summary 360B

Chapter 23: Testing and DevOps 361B

A Short Introduction to DevOps 361B

DevOps and Quality 363B

How Testers Add DevOps Value 371B

Summary 376B

Part VIII: Agile Testing in Practice 379B

Chapter 24: Visualize Your Testing 381B

Communicating the Importance of Testing 381B

Visualize for Continuous Improvement 386B

Visibility into Tests and Test Results 390B

Summary 392B

Chapter 25: Putting It All Together 393B

Confidence-Building Practices 394B

Create a Shared Vision 402B

Summary 405B

Appendix A: Page Objects in Practice: Examples 407B

An Example with Selenium 2–WebDriver 407B

Using the PageFactory Class 410B

Appendix B: Provocation Starters 413B

Glossary 415B

References 423B

Bibliography 435B

Index 459B


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