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How to Develop an Agile Testing Mindset and Automate Everything

Would you like to build a product with very few defects? Would you like to be able to ship a new version of your product every two weeks or even faster? Would you like to meet your customers’ needs more quickly? If you answered yes to any of these, then I would recommend taking Excella’s Certified Agile Testing and Automation […]

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May 22, 2018

Would you like to build a product with very few defects? Would you like to be able to ship a new version of your product every two weeks or even faster? Would you like to meet your customers’ needs more quickly? If you answered yes to any of these, then I would recommend taking Excella’s Certified Agile Testing and Automation training with Noura Saad and Sean Killeen. 

I took the Certified Agile Testing and Automation training recently and am so glad I did. What a great experience! Noura’s deep knowledge of User Story creation and the importance of testable Acceptance Criteria was obvious throughout. Sean’s “automate everything” attitude made me a believer. He’s consistently done it in his work and was able to demonstrate that it is immediately beneficial to automate everything. I was convinced that it is ridiculous not to be doing it RIGHT NOW, on any project! The graphic below depicts the typical cost differential between manual and automated testing over time.  

 

If you aren’t getting what you expect from working in an Agile way, much could be due to the lack of an Agile testing mindset or the absence of effective automation. If your teams struggle with creating a working piece of product by the end of their iteration (or sprint), the testing mindset and automation can help. This course gives you the motivation and confidence to develop the mindset and explains how to automate everything in an iterative and incremental fashion.

I had tons of takeaways, here are the major ones:

Testing is not about finding defects, it is about preventing their creation.
Take one bite at a time when beginning your journey to automating everything.
Testers still have a job after everything is automated.
Everyone should adopt an agile testing mindset.
If you find yourself repeating something, automate it.

I would highly recommend this training for Agile team members, regardless of job description or role. Product Owners, Business Analysts, Developers, and especially Testers stand to gain a great deal by attending this training.

Want to learn more? Join us for our upcoming ICAgile Certified Agile Testing and Automation class coming up June 20-22 in Arlington, Virginia.

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