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More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley Signature Series (Cohn)) 1st Edition

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Praise for More Agile Testing

 

“I love this book. It will help to create really great testers. That’s a good thing, since anyone who reads this will want to have one on their team.”

Liz Keogh, agile coach, Lunivore Limited

 

“This book will change your thinking and move your focus from tests to testing. Yes, it is not about the result, but about the activity!”

–Kenji Hiranabe, cofounder of Astah and CEO, Change Vision, Inc.

 

“To my mind, agile development is about learning–that one word captures the true spirit of what agile is all about. When I had the chance to read through their new book, I could only say, ‘Wow! Janet and Lisa have done themselves proud.’ This is not a book about testing; this is a book about learning. Their clear explanations are accompanied by great true stories and an impressive list of books, articles, and other resources. Those of us who like learning, who love to dig for more information, can rejoice! I know you’re always looking for something interesting and useful; I can guarantee that you will find it here!”

–Linda Rising, coauthor of Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas

 

“Janet and Lisa’s first book, Agile Testing, drew some general principles that are still important today but left me wondering, ‘how?’ In this second book, they adapt those principles to today’s development landscape–with mobile, DevOps, and cloud-based applications delivered in increasingly compressed release cycles. Readers get specific testing tools for the mind along with new practices and commentary to accelerate learning. Read it today.”

–Matt Heusser, Managing Principal, Excelon Development

 

“An excellent guide for your team’s agile journey, full of resources to help you with every kind of testing challenge you might meet along the way. Janet and Lisa share a wealth of experience with personal stories about how they helped agile teams figure out how to get value from testing. I really like how the book is filled with techniques explained by leading industry practitioners who’ve pioneered them in their own organizations.”

–Rachel Davies, agile coach, unruly and coauthor of Agile Coaching

 

“Let me net this out for you: agile quality and testing is hard to get right. It’s nuanced, context-based, and not for the faint of heart. In order to effectively balance it, you need hard-earned, pragmatic, real-world advice. This book has it–not only from Janet and Lisa, but also from forty additional expert agile practitioners. Get it and learn how to effectively drive quality into your agile products and across your entire organization.”

–Bob Galen, Principal Consultant, R Galen Consulting Group, and Author of Agile Reflections and Scrum Product Ownership

 

“Janet and Lisa have done it again. They’ve combined pragmatic life experience with ample storytelling to help people take their agile testing to the next level.”

–Jonathan Rasmusson, author of Agile Samurai: How Masters Deliver Great Software

 

“In this sequel to their excellent first book, Janet and Lisa have embraced the maturity of agile adoption and the variety of domains in which agile approaches are now being applied. In More Agile Testing they have distilled the experiences of experts working in different agile organizations and combined them with their own insights into a set of invaluable lessons for agile practitioners. Structured around a range of essential areas for software professionals to consider, the book examines what we have learned about applying agile, as its popularity has grown, and about software testing in the process. There is something for everyone here, not only software testers, but individuals in any business role or domain with an interest in delivering quality in an agile context.”

–Adam Knight, Director of QA, RainStor

 

“This book has it all: practical advice and stories from the trenches. Whether you’ve never heard of agile or you think you’re an expert, there is something here that will help you out. Jump around in the book and try a few things; I promise you will be a better tester and developer for it.”

–Samantha Laing, agile coach and trainer, Growing Agile

 

More Agile Testing is a great collection of stories and ideas that can help you improve not just how you test, but the products you build and the way you work. What I love most about the book is how easy many of the ideas are to try. If one message is clear, it is that regardless of your context and challenges, there are things you can try to improve. Get started today with something small, and nothing will be impossible.”

–Karen Greaves, agile coach and trainer, Growing Agile

 

More Agile Testing is an extensive compilation of experiences, stories, and examples from practitioners who work with testing in agile environments around the world. It covers a broad spectrum, from organizational and hiring challenges, test techniques and practices, to automation guidance. The diversity of the content makes it a great cookbook for anyone in software development who is passionate about improving their work and wants to produce quality software.”

–Sigurdur Birgisson, quality assistance engineer, Atlassian

About the Author

Janet Gregory is an agile testing coach and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is coauthor with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009) and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley, 2015). She is also 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. Janet works with teams to transition to agile development and teaches agile testing courses and tutorials worldwide. She 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 and her blog, visit www.janetgregory.ca. You can also follow her on Twitter: @janetgregoryca.

 

Lisa Crispin is the coauthor with Janet Gregory of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009) and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley,2015); she is also coauthor with Tip House of Extreme Testing (Addison-Wesley, 2002), and a contributor to Experiences of Test Automation by Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster (Addison-Wesley, 2011) and Beautiful Testing (O’Reilly, 2009). Lisa was honored by her peers who voted her the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person at Agile Testing Days 2012. Lisa enjoys working as a tester with an awesome agile team. She shares her experiences via writing, presenting, teaching, and participating in agile testing communities around the world. For more about Lisa’s work, visit www.lisacrispin.com, and follow @lisacrispin onTwitter.

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Product Details

  • Series: Addison-Wesley Signature Series (Cohn)
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (October 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321967054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321967053
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, let’s set some context. This is the sequel to the "Agile Testing" book that Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory wrote back in 2008, and that I did a review of in the early days of the TESTHEAD blog back in 2010. In that review, I said that I didn’t have the time in an Agile team to give the book justice, so I reviewed it on how I thought that Agile seemed to me and the advice given. This time, with More Agile Testing, I have four and a half years of experience with Agile teams, and I can categorically say yes, this book addresses many of the challenges Agilists go through, especially Agile Testers.

Agile has grown and matured over the past several years. Some may say it has a clearer picture of itself, others may say its become fragmented and just another marketing gimmick. Some may complain that Agile programming is a thing, but Agile Testing? All of this points to the fact that there are questions, dilemmas and issues in the world of Agile, and nowhere is that more clear (or more muddled) than for the Agile Tester. Are we an appendage? Are we an integrated member of the team? Are we an anachronism? What about DevOps? Continuous Delivery? Testing in Production? Lisa and Janet take on all of these issues, and more.

More Agile Testing is not a “how” book. It’s not filled with recipes of how to be an Agile tester… at least not on the surface. Don’t get me wrong, there is a ton of actionable stuff in this book, and anyone working with Agile teams will learn a lot and develop some new appreciation and approaches. What I mean about it not being a “how” book is that it doesn’t tell you specifically what to do. Instead, it is a “what” book, and there’s a whole lot of “what” in its pages.
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A much needed follow-up to the 2008 Agile Testing Book, this one brings the current practice to light. Crispin and Gregory tackle the modern software development and delivery landscape, including the new opportunities opened up by lean startup and continuous delivery approaches, such as testing in production, and the surge of popularity of exploratory testing.

This book will be most useful as an overview of the current landscape and a kind of a gateway for further research. The book covers a wide range of topics, from nailing down and testing for business goals through collaborating on requirements, managing deterministic checks and planning exploratory investigations. Each topic is covered with enough depth to provide a useful context for further research, and plenty of references for follow-up reading. Teams will be able to use the knowledge in the book to compare their processes to recent developments in the field, find improvement ideas and spot gaps that can be filled with new techniques.

The main audience of the book, from my perspective, are teams already practicing iterative delivery. It's a book for the whole team, rather than just the testers, as it mostly presents ideas on how to organise collaborative all-team testing in short iterative cycles. For people with a testing job role, it also provides some useful advice on how to grow professionally as a testing person inside an agile delivery organisation.
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I love the latest book from Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin, More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team. My own copy is littered with dog-eared pages, highlighted text, and stickies marking ideas I want to come back to, bring to my own work, and share with others.

When I sat down to write this book review, I started with a mind map, as Janet and Lisa often suggest. My plan was to turn this organized brainstorm into a standard text review that would elegantly and persuasively describe how valuable I find the book. Yet as the mind map began to take shape, I paused to reconsider. I wondered if perhaps using the mind map as my book review would be the agile solution.

I conducted an informal test by asking a sampling of folks, “Does the map sufficiently convey why I think this is a great book?” The unanimous answer, “Yes!”

The finished mind map (created using Coggle) is attached. It describes all of the reasons why I love More Agile Testing.

In case there’s any doubt – I highly recommend More Agile Testing for every person on every agile team. It will be a powerful aid in smoothing and speeding your agile learning journeys.
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This is a fascinating book!

When the previous book came out in 2009, agile was a new word on a lot of lips. In the years since, a lot of people have had experience of one agile project or another. In the following book Janet and Lisa look at some of the new challenges testers have faced over the last 5 years, and how the approach applied by testers is evolving.

A great companion piece to the original book, which does not rely heavily on readership of the previous book (although such reading of course enhances the experience).
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This is a very good book - almost indispensable. It covers a lot of ground, but is structured in a way that allows you to get what you need without getting bogged down.

I particularly like the way the book has been constructed with:
- mind maps at the beginning of every section and chapter to really help you navigate to the place that interests you right now
- handy graphics in the margin that identify which confidence-building practice is being discussed in the text
- practical, grounded experience reports and advice from real testers solving real challenges
- extensive links to some of the best online writings of other leading testers

There's a lot in this book that will keep me coming back to dip in for another nugget. And there's a wealth of references to further reading that I've either forgotten about or missed entirely.

I highly recommend this book. I hope you'll be as delighted with it as I am.
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