Testing in Agile - Antipatterns and Remedies
Outline/Structure of the Talk
- Talk about the guiding principles of agile
- Talk about few (8 to 10) anti-pattern stories that happen on a day to day basis in agile teams and cover the following for each story
- Root cause of the situation
- Guiding principles violated
- Long term effects of the situation
- Fixing the situation
- Conclude with key take awyas
- Understanding the core principles of agile
- Measuring the success of QAs in an agile environment
- Understanding when to follow the rituals and when to stop
- Understanding the importance of collaboration between the various roles in a software development team
developers, project managers, product managers, quality analysts, testers
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