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  • Testing & ALM

    30 Days of TDD: Day One – What is TDD and Why Should I Use It?

    Welcome to the inaugural post in this “30 Days of TDD” series. If you’ve never done Test Driven Development or aren’t even sure what this "crazy TDD stuff” is all about than this is the series for you. Over the next 30 days this series of posts take you from “I can spell TDD” to being able to consider yourself a “functional” TDD developer. Of course TDD is a very deep topic and truly mastering it will take quite a bit of time, but the rewards are well worth it. Along the way I’ll be showing you how tools like JustCode and JustMock can help you in your practice of TDD.
    September 09, 2013
  • .NET Testing & ALM

    A Tester’s Place in an Agile World

    Agile, agile, agile. In the software development world, the word’s becoming impossible to ignore. Every day sees another dev team decide to "go Agile," and technology research and advisory companies are placing "agile development practices" as one of the four key components in their analysis.  Often, this leaves testers and managers in a traditional "QA" department looking around wondering just what their new role will be. Right after "Agile means no documentation," one of the next most-frequently seen myths is that Agile teams only need to include a product owner and some developers — no testers required — the developers ...
    September 05, 2013
  • .NET Testing & ALM

    Project Scope, Schedule, Resources – Pick Two

    In a perfect world we could have anything we want. And that goes with our professional perfect world as well. And in terms of project management, that would mean we could pick what we manage, when we manage, who we manage, what customers we manage projects for, how we manage, what processes we follow and to whom we report project information. Total freedom. As an independent consultant, you get some of those freedoms, but you are still accountable and if you think otherwise, then you’ll soon find yourself with lots of time on your hands and no clients to perform ...
    September 03, 2013
  • .NET Testing & ALM

    Improve Agile Project Planning by Involving the Whole Team

    Unlike traditionally run projects which are planned by an “expert,” Agile planning should be done with the entire team participating. Agile encourages group participation in all forms of planning and estimation. Instead of one person following a linear process of assessing requirements and project constraints, then producing a plan designed to drive schedule, budget, and resources to deliver the end project, the whole team is engaged.
    August 30, 2013
  • .NET Testing & ALM

    Remote Test Execution Demonstration

    Greetings, fellow testers. Last month, Jared wrote excellent article on the new remote execution engine. Remote test execution is an extremely powerful tool for your development and testing team, especially when using multiple servers and when scheduled on a nightly basis. There are a few components involved: A storage service, which is connected to a SQL Server database. A scheduling service, which maintains a list of all the execution servers and a connection to the storage service. You can think of this as the manager of remote execution. One or more remote execution servers, and of course The Test ...
    August 26, 2013