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Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams

(A Mike Cohn Signature Book)

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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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Aleksander
Sep 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Sergey
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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will not reveal the others :) just read this ~600
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Beverly Ho
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: agile, engineering, it
Far too many motherhood statements and far too little actionable advice.
Boris
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book would benefit from reediting in an attempt to make it more to the point with less text.
Amir Reza
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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James Taylor
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
When my employer transitioned to use agile, we participated in agile training which consisted of an all-day lecture with provided notes, plus they joined in the “agile ceremonies” to lead the sessions and provide ideas.

There are some key ideas to agile which ensure quality throughout the process, and to provide small, incremental releases. Such ideas includes automation, test-driven development, flexible roles and more. This book does contain this information with examples of the author's (Lisa
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Miguel
May 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Should have been called

"Agile development from a tester's perspective"

Really didn't like this book. For the thickness, I was expecting a book about how to test in an Agile project, instead it focused more on how to work in general in an agile project.

Reviews on Amazon said this book was a bit outdated and the new version "More Agile Testing" mentions that the views they had are outdated in this book, but I figure I'd get some nuggets of knowledge.

Only part I can take with me for the future is
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Philip
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
The target audience for this book seems to be: software testers with a background that's not in an agile environment. Since I am working in an agile environment, but only partially as a tester, this book didn't fully resonate with me.

Also, I was kinda annoyed that the tester was portrayed as the center point in about everything that the team does. While I get that testing isn't just something that you do after development, I think this aspect was over-stressed and belittled the roles of other pe
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Oleksandr Molodetskyi
The book is really valuable and contains much useful information. But it is overloaded with information and also there is lot of text which wasn't necessary and just makes the book bigger and hard to read. That's why it's hard to keep focus and do not lost in all this information. May be it would be better to create several separated books if authors wanted to put so much or make the book more focused on the most important stuff.
Jörn Dinkla
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: computer-science
This book is good, but a little bit old. Back then (2008) the authors presented a radical change of software testing and for me it would have been a 5/5. The book still contains some valuable insights today (2017). This book definitely needs a new and updated edition.
Kevin Van Slyke
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Excellent read for a first time tester or someone who migrated from support into product development. Will be recommending a selection of chapters as must read material for new team members.

Chapters 18 & 20 provide a great overview of the entire development process for a new tester.

Chapters 1-5 address very real culture issues around testing and how to transition into a healthier place.

Chapters 14-18 are the real meat of this book with lots of real examples of projects and interactions between p
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Tiago
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book to learn more about testing in the world of agile. It's heavily inspired by XP practices, which makes it a bit dated given that XP is not as huge as it once was. Though that doesn't make many of the suggestions any less relevant.

The many examples that the book provide are great illustrations, but sometimes there are so many you get tired of them.

That all said, I recommend this book for those wanting to do better at testing with agile. Also good for non-testers who want to learn more ab
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Nathalie Karasek
The most important take away for me are the 4 Quadrant overview and the tips and tricks that come from practice. I expected something way more technical but it reads quite easily and is suitable for non tech readers. I felt that some concepts have been repeated ovher and over again which was pretty annoying to me. I would have preferred a more focused and to the point style. Still a book to recommend.
Bart Decaigny
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit: I didn't read it through completely. The first few chapters introduce a framework (quadrants) and explain it high level. That in itself is absolutely worth the 5 stars. The rest of the book then goes in detail further, which is for me (personally) not really need. Still: recommended for anyone when the title rings a bell
Dan Stewart
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book on how testing can be accomplished in an Agile team. This book taught me that the testers can be involved at the planning, through programming, and into a release. It also taught me the importance of test automation to meet deadlines. It was easy to read and very practical.
Warun
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Come with lots of real-experience examples. Answer the question when need to transit to Agile world such as documentation and some activities. Coverage for full SDLC. I love to read it even it contains too much text and not much pictures. Best even newbie or revisit knowledge you already known.
Diana Pinchuk
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: testing
It was better than I expected. I thought it will be outdated and obvious, but it still has some useful tips and good description of agile approach at work
Chandan Khatwani
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book on agile testing. Must read for every tester involved in agile development.
Michael Plattner
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a slog and not fun to read but it does have lots of great information.
Algirdas
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: testing
Very good for those who starts testing in agile team.
Cal
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hands down, the best book I've read so far for modern software testing.
Klára
Feb 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book is not about testing.
Felix
Mar 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: management
The books serves for setting up a general vision to start working with agile teams however the examples are explained mostly in general terms.
Evgeniy Kravchenko
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Can not name it very useful in nowadays. Most of advices, approaches are already in the air and used by default.
Edward
Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: software
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
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Gloria
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Steve Whiting
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very good book on blending testing activities and roles into an agile development team. The content is mostly excellent, but with perhaps a tad more generic descrriptions of agile methodology than really necessary. I did find a couple of aspects of the style a bit wearing: 1) the unending Lisa's story/Janet's story examples which I guess were named that way in conscious echo of agile terminology, but which I found really twee and largely unhelpful ("Lisa did x and then everything was perfect!" ...more
Trung
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is quite an informative book.

This is the second time that I've read the book. The feeling is not as good as the first time. This time I feel that the book should be 50% shorter because many messages keep repeating again an again.
It may be the book itself, or it may be myself. After some more years of experience maybe I prefer something more concise, or maybe I'm just more practical and biased compared to 3 years ago.

Still highly recommend it for anyone practicing Agile Development. I think
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Christophe Addinquy
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tests, agile
This is what we call a strong book, with about 500 pages. At that time there wasn't so much book for testing in agile projects, while it's an utmost important subject. The good new is : this book really try to tackle the different kind of tests, using Brian Marick's quadrants as a roadmap. Unfortunately, the text is far from synthetic, even loosing the reader in the process. The size of the book is also a consequence of the stories the authors gave us all along. It was a fine idea, but the reali ...more
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