Testing Traps to Avoid in Agile Teams

Th3     Start Time : 09:45     End Time : 10:30

Many teams have tried to implement agile software development practices and failed. When you read about transitioning to agile development, it sounds so easy. Why don’t all transitions succeed? Iterations turn into mini-waterfalls, stories never get to “Done”. Testers worry that they’re losing control or being set up to fail. Customers keep changing their minds and complaining that their requirements weren’t met. Obviously, some teams succeed with testing on agile projects, and others don’t. What do they do differently?

Janet Gregory shares some of the lessons she has learned that help agile teams be successful. She describes traps to avoid, what practices are critical, and gives some basic steps that can make the difference between success and failure. One example of something to avoid is ‘forgetting the big picture’ which is so easy when you are testing small stories. A practice to help avoid that trap is using feature acceptance tests in addition to story acceptance tests to keep the big picture in mind.

But has it ended ‘happily ever after’ or has the project has become a victim of its own success? We look at the problems it now faces, ask why these are happening now, and offer our thoughts on how the project can regain its star status.

  • Speaker

  • Janet Gregory - , DragonFire Inc., Canada

    An agile testing coach and practitioner, Janet Gregory (@janetgregoryca) is the co-author of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams and a contributor to 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know. Janet specializes in showing agile teams how testers can add value in areas beyond critiquing the product; for example, guiding development with business-facing tests. For the past thirteen years, Janet has been working with teams to transition to agile development, and teaches agile testing courses and tutorials worldwide. 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.
    For more about Janet’s work, visit www.janetgregory.ca where you can also view her blog.