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Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams

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Testing is a key component of agile development. The widespread adoption of agile methods has brought the need for effective testing into the limelight, and agile projects have transformed the role of testers. Much of a tester's function, however, remains largely misunderstood. What is the true role of a tester? Do agile teams actually need members with QA backgrounds? Wha ...more
Paperback, 533 pages
Published January 9th 2009 by Addison-Wesley Professional (first published 2008)
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Beverly Ho
Good explanation on how it's like to be a tester in an Agile team. It also mention the potential challenges during Agile Transformation and the drag factors that can slower down a team from taking the full benefit of being Agile.

André Heijstek
Far too many motherhood statements and far too little actionable advice.
This book would benefit from reediting in an attempt to make it more to the point with less text.
Agile testing is a useful book, a decent introduction to somewhat neglected aspect of agile software development. It is also a book that could have benefitted from a sharper focus and more editing.

There are plenty of books on agile for project managers and programmers, testers are not so fortunate. Strange when you think about it. Testing is more profoundly affected than programming. Good programmers have been doing programming and unit and integration testing in parallel for ages, since long be
I read the book since it was recommended reading from the Project Management Institute. This books is a real resource of information on testing. The book helps to understand how not to backload projects so that testing is done at the very last minute. I not only like the book, but I think Lisa and Janet are really experts and I now follow everything they say on testing.

I am not a testing specialist. I manage projects. The number one challenge in Information Technology (IT) projects is to deliver
A nice addition to agile literature that focuses on testing aspects of an agile project. The authors emphasize how testing on an agile project should be quite a different and much more collaborative experience than what most "manual" testers experience on traditional "waterfall" projects. The authors break down testing into four types: Supports Team, Business Facing, Tech Facing and Critique Product. From here they create four quadrants.

Q1: Tech Facing tests that Support the Team: these are most
Robert Chapman
This book does an excellent job of describing the real requirements of a successful Agile process. It covered a lot of Agile in general, but had a very tight focus on Agile as it relates to testing as well.

All around great book, I recommend it.
Joel Liriano
This is exactly where to start for anything related to testing in Agile teams. It's a great guide that I keep coming back to for reference under different circumstances. Definitely a must have for any Agile team and software QAs.
Book was written in ime when Agile was a buzz-words.
Good way to present ideas, unfortunately - no interesting ideas in this book.
Nick Zdunic
Good and thorough and does have a tendency to repeat itself (not overly bad thing in this vase)
Not for technical practices though
Raj Thota
A great book on putting testing in the right spot under Agile. But as a practical guide, the authors could have added examples for helping the readers.
...a new mind-set is needed; as a team. Great perspective.
yet another brillant book form Lisa Crispin.
I even don't know how to evaluate this book. One the hand I made about 20 notes, got some ideas and link to read from it, but on the other hand, in my mind, this book has too many useless explanations and stories that just blow you away from the main topic.
Several good ideas from this book:
- Shout-out box for the project
- Issue log might be your hidden feature log. Think about it.
- Pairing programmer and tester together for working on a feature
will not reveal the others :) just read this ~600
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Pragmatic and meaty, this tome provides the QA professional with multiple and nuanced perspectives on what it means to be a Tester. Honestly, it's too much to absorb all at once. This is a book you have to read in stages. From Acceptance-Test Driven Development for coding to Test Driven Design for architecting, Crispin & Gregory provide practical advice and readable examples how to transform your QA Team into an Agile Team.
A very significant contribution to agile literature which educates programmers and testers as well as their managers on how to appreciate one another's work and collaboratively work towards integrating testing activities as a part and parcel of an agile process.

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Across the SCRUM discipline, I think a team coming from a waterfall background struggles most adapting to agile testing principles. 'Agile Testing' offers a great introduction to team on how to start incorporating new paradigm-shifting practices into their releases. As always, the Cohn book series on SCRUM delivers great value.
Jaakko Kourula
Comprehensive look into what is testing in an agile context.
This is book is too shallow. The key ideas in this book would take no more than half of the pages in the book. A great deal of the content is basically generic agile development ideas you could find better explained in other books.
Ronald Rajagukguk
quite usefull as a guideline for tester who want to applies the agile principle in their day to day job. This book is not too technical and gave a lot of real world example on how the tester can involve in the agile team.
Matthew Kern
Great intro to testing in an agile way. There is some direct application, but you will need to take the concepts and apply them to wherever you are working.
Mike Klein
Great introduction to Agile methodology and testing's role. Sometimes it is too dogmatic and sometimes it is a little vague, but mostly it is a great resource.
Martijn de Vrieze
Great book which is both informative and highly readable at the same time, an unlikely combination for a practical guide :)
Dec 18, 2010 Chad is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent overview of how to get up to speed with agile testing. It could be a little more concise, but still excellent.
Good for me, but it seems to contain a lot of text that replicates itself. The book could have been twice smaller...
Nov 25, 2012 Björn added it
Good practical guide to Agile Testing. Even if you have worked in an Agile project you will pick up good practices.
José Tavares
Great if your transitioning for an agile environment or creating a new QA process in an agile environment.-
Dilip Patel
Answers the questions 1) What is Agile 2) How does testing fit with Agile. A very good reference.
Collin Rogowski
Very thorough book on the subject. Highlight are the four testing quadrants
Oct 11, 2010 Mmdms added it
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