In an IT world in which there are differently sized projects, with different applications, differently skilled practitioners, and on-site, off-site, and off-shored development teams, it is impossible for there to be a one-size-fits-all agile development and testing approach. This book provides practical guidance for professionals, practitioners, and researchers faced with creating and rolling out their own agile testing processes. In addition to descriptions of the prominent agile methods, the book provides twenty real-world case studies of practitioners using agile methods and draws upon their experiences to propose your own agile method; whether yours is a small, medium, large, off-site, or even off-shore project, this book provides personalized guidance on the agile best practices from which to choose to create your own effective and efficient agile method.
John Watkins has more than 30 years of experience in the field of software development, with some 25 years in the field of software testing. During his career, Watkins has been involved at all levels and phases of testing and has provided high-level test process consultancy, training, and mentoring to numerous blue chip companies. He is both a Chartered IT Professional and a Fellow of the British Computer Society, where he is an active member of the Special Interest Group in Software Testing (SIGiST), previously serving on committees of the Intellect Testing Group (representing the UK technology industry) and the SmallTalk User Group. He is author of Testing IT: An Off-the-Shelf Software Testing Process (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and currently works for IBM's software group.
1. Introduction; Part I. Review of Old School and Agile Approaches: 2. Old school development and testing; 3. Agile development and testing; Part II. Everyone Is Different; Real World Case Studies: 4. From waterfalls to evolutionary development and test Tom Gilb and Trond Johansen; 5. How to test a system that is never finished Nick Sewell; 6. Implementing an agile testing approach Graham Thomas; 7. Agile testing in a remote or virtual desktop environment Michael G. Norman; 8. Testing a derivatives trading system in an uncooperative environment Nick Denning; 9. A mixed approach to system development and testing Geoff Thompson; 10. Agile migration and testing of a large scale financial system Howard Knowles; 11. Agile testing with mock objects Colin Cassidy; 12. Agile testing Martin Phillips; 13. The emperor's new test plan Steve Allot; 14. The power of continuous integration builds and agile development James Wilson; 15. The payoffs and perils of off-shored agile projects Pete Kingston; 16. The basic rules of quality and management still apply to agile Richard Warden; 17. Test-infecting a development team David Evans; 18. Agile success through test automation Jon Tilt; 19. Talking, saying and listening Isabel Evans; 20. Very small scale agile development and testing of a wiki Dass Chana; 21. Agile special tactics Greg Hodgkinson; 22. The agile test driven methodology experiment Lucjan Stapp; 23. When is a scrum, not a scrum? Peter May; Part III. Agile My Way: 24. Analysis of the case studies; 25. My agile process.