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    The Importance of Timeboxing and Iterations for Agile Planning

    (In this blog post we share the first two of the areas that we address in our new free ebook called Ultimate Agile Planning Handbook) Timebox – Everything Timeboxing refers to the act of putting strict time boundaries around an action or activity. For example, you may want to timebox a meeting to be 30 minutes long to help ensure that the meeting will begin and end on time with no exceptions. When you timebox an event the result is a natural tendency to focus on the most important “stuff” first. If you time box a meeting, you would ...
    September 11, 2013
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    30 Days of TDD: Day Two – A Review of Object Oriented Principles

    In today’s post I’ll be doing a quick review of principals of Object Oriented Programming (OOP). This post will help frame future posts in this series by ensuring that we are all on the same page in terms of our understanding of software development. Even if you are seasoned developer I recommend that you at least read the section on Polymorphism and Interfaces as these topics are widely misunderstood and are crucial to building good TDD practices.
    September 11, 2013
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    Lookin' for Tests in all the Wrong Places

    Greetings, fellow testers. Last week I was asked a question about testing output, specifically if I could help with an example of a test verifying that a list in an application has been properly sorted. This is actually a fairly common question, and is one that we cover in our documentation. I mention it here for two reasons. In part to point out the example code section of Test Studio's online documentation, but mostly because the documented example is correct but in my opinion it’s only half of the story – the second half. The first thing I’d recommend is ...
    September 11, 2013
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    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
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    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