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QuickLinks for November 2010

Here a quick list of articles I´ve read during the last month:

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Ahas on „Regression Testing with an Agile Mindset“

I´ve read a pretty interesting article about Regression Testing with an Agile Mindset, found via the GoogleReader commendations of Ralph Miarka who is an agile coach at our company.

Here are my „Ahas“ on that article:

  • Realize the difference between functional tests and regression tests to avoid common pitfalls
  • At the end of each sprint product owner should not only accept new features, but the overall functionality of the software
  • Zero bug tolerance pay off on the long term, so it is better to reduce the scope (regarding new features) then accept (regression-) bugs
  • Regression tests need to be maintained/ adapted over time
  • Regression tests provide safety net, so team can focus on new functionalities during the sprint
  • Fast feedback is needed, therefor regression tests should be automated
  • Regression test suite != sum(Functional test suites)
    • product owner defines the functionality to be tested within the regression tests
    • updating a regression test is part of the user story (so it needs to be considered when estimating)
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Responsibility for your learning (?)

Since I’ve heared Maruks Gärtner’s talk about self education at #agileTD I’m thinking about two things mostly:

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Yesterday & the day before I had the chance to visit the Agile Testing Days in Berlin, thanks to my employer Agfa Healthcare who send me there and paid the fee, thanks! 🙂
I setup this blog because of a talk of Markus Gärtner (Blog: http://blog.shino.de/, Twitter: @mgaertne) who recommended to write a (private or public) journal about the things you´ve learned to get feedback about it from others and I think also to re-think before writing it down, which might improve learning as well. To be honest – I am thinking about that for a while now, but what me kept from it are mainly the following concerns: Is it interesting for others what I´m writing about? Is my english good enough for others to be readable? Maybe it´s wrong what I´m writing? etc.? But what I didn´t consider yet was „How do I benefit from that?“, but after Markus talk I at least know, that my own learning benefits from it, and I think that´s worth a try! 😉 So, here we go, and thanks a lot to Markus!
These days I´m mostly interested in testing, agile, integration & -ility testing in an agile environment and being a teamlead of a „classical integration test team“ and a „classical test manager“, finding my role/ position in an agile organisation and how to support developers (programmers AND everybody else developing our product) best. Furthermore I’m doing functional GUI test automation and scripting with Ruby.
I´m very courius about how this will evolve and how I (and you!) can benefit from this!