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BETA Test: ICAgile Agile Testing Course

I’m developing a course on Agile Testing which emphasizes the collaborative nature of Agile Software Development.  This is covering ATDD, BDD and Specification by Example and others.

The course will be accredited by ICAgile which requires some test runs before final accreditation.  If you’re interested in the course outlines please take a look at the ICAgile website for details.  The course will consists of two parts:

  • ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Testing (ICP-TST) – a 2 day course for the foundations
  • ICAgile Certified Professional in Test Automation (ICT-ATA) – a one day course after the foundations that could be taken as part of the foundations making it a 3 day course or done separately.

I’m seeking interest in running the course in a BETA mode with special deals to be negotiated whilst in BETA mode.

This could be a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor and realize the benefits of a truly agile and value producing process.

Please be in touch if you’re interested.

It would also be great if I could hear from companies that do outsource or offshore development and multi-team developments.  The course deals with these environments and input with real experience would be a great addition.  Get in touch even if you are the slightest bit intrigued.  Whether you take part can be a separate conversation.

The email address to contact me on is “info @ aboutagile DOT com”

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Real Business Value of Testers

Another reminder type blog post that may or may not get further expanded upon 🙂

Liz Keogh says:

“If you don’t have actual testers, get someone to play that role. Someone who *isn’t* a dev. Us devs are very good at abstraction, and will start solving a problem before we see the whole problem. I don’t believe that an awesome dev can also be an awesome tester, or vice-versa.”

I wonder if we still need tools.  James Shore says the tools are a waste in 2010.  Was in kind of agreement there with him.  But there is value in the thinking process and dev’s can’t do all of this.   I need to revisit Jame’s article from then to make sure I’ve got all the nuance and not glossed over details.

Tools help but that’s not the be all and end all.  Remember the Agile Manifesto.

I tend to think the Agile Tester (more so than the traditional tester) can be a great productivity booster and very valuable to the organisation.  Their critical thinking at the beginning should be regarded as a blessing.  I’ve also worked with some great testers at end of the cycle, but you can also feel their frustration as well.  We can help each other 🙂

This is a reminder only – ideas are still forming – but the conversation is nonetheless open.