Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Agile Testing" workshop in July

[UPDATE] I think I will include some interesting Innovation Games to demonstrate the need for collaboration and more effective working. Or it could be something more specific to Testing on Agile projects. So many options ... 


As part of Unicom's World Conference Next Generation Testing, I am doing a 1-day workshop on "Agile Testing", on Friday, 24th July 2015 in Bangalore. You can register for the workshop from here, or contact me for more information.

Below are the details of the workshop. 

Agile Testing


The Agile Manifesto was published in 2001. It took the software industry a good few years to truly understand what the manifesto means, and the principles behind it. However, choosing and implementing the right set of practices to get the true value from working the Agile way has been the biggest challenge for most!

While Agile has now gone mainstream, and as we get better at the development practices to being Agile, Testing has still been lagging behind in most cases. A lot of teams are still working in the staggered fashion - with testing following next after development completed.

In this workshop, we will learn and share various principles and practices which teams should adopt to be successful in testing on Agile projects. 


  • What is Agile testing? - Learn what does it mean to Test on Agile Projects
  • Effective strategies for Distributed Testing - Learn practices that help bridge the Distributed Testing gap!
  • Test Automation in Agile Projects - Why? What? How? - Why is Test Automation important, and how do we implement a good, robust, scalable and maintainable Test Automation framework!
  • Build the "right" regression suite using Behavior Driven Testing (BDT) - Behavior Driven Testing (BDT) is an evolved way of thinking about Testing. It helps in identifying the 'correct' scenarios, in form of user journeys, to build a good and effective (manual & automation) regression suite that validates the Business Goals.

Key Learnings for participants in this workshop

  • Understand the Agile Testing Manifesto
  • Learn the essential Testing practices and activities essential for teams to adopt to work in Agile way of working
  • Discover techniques to do effective testing in distributed teams
  • Find out how Automation plays a crucial role in Agile projects
  • Learn how to build a good, robust, scalable and maintainable Functional Automation framework
  • Learn, by practice, how to identify the right types of tests to automate as UI functional tests - to get quick and effective feedback


  • At-least a basic working knowledge and understanding of Agile

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Enabling CD & TTA in Discuss Agile 2015

I had the opportunity to speak in Discuss Agile Delhi 2015 on 2 topics.

Here are the details on the same:

Enabling Continuous Delivery (CD) in Enterprises with Testing


The key objectives of any organization is to provide / derive value from the products / services they offer. To achieve this, they need to be able to deliver their offerings in the quickest time possible, and of good quality!
In such a fast moving environment, CI (Continuous Integration) and CD (Continuous Delivery) are now a necessity and not a luxury!
There are various practices that organizations need to implement to enable CD. Changes in requirements (a reality in all projects) needs to be managed better. Along with this, processes and practices need to be tuned based on the team capability, skills and distribution.



To Deploy, or Not to Deploy? Decide using Test Trend Analyzer (TTA)


The key objectives of organizations is to provide / derive value from the products / services they offer. To achieve this, they need to be able to deliver their offerings in the quickest time possible, and of good quality!
In order for these organizations to to understand the quality / health of their products at a quick glance, typically a team of people scramble to collate and collect the information manually needed to get a sense of quality about the products they support. All this is done manually.
So in the fast moving environment, where CI (Continuous Integration) and CD (Continuous Delivery) are now a necessity and not a luxury, how can teams take decisions if the product is ready to be deployed to the next environment or not?
Test Automation across all layers of the Test Pyramid is one of the first building blocks to ensure the team gets quick feedback into the health of the product-under-test.
The next set of questions are:
    •    How can you collate this information in a meaningful fashion to determine - yes, my code is ready to be promoted from one environment to the next?
    •    How can you know if the product is ready to go 'live'?
    •    What is the health of you product portfolio at any point in time?
    •    Can you identify patterns and do quick analysis of the test results to help in root-cause-analysis for issues that have happened over a period of time in making better decisions to better the quality of your product(s)?
The current set of tools are limited and fail to give the holistic picture of quality and health, across the life-cycle of the products.
The solution - TTA - Test Trend Analyzer
TTA is an open source product that becomes the source of information to give you real-time and visual insights into the health of the product portfolio using the Test Automation results, in form of Trends, Comparative Analysis, Failure Analysis and Functional Performance Benchmarking. This allows teams to take decisions on the product deployment to the next level using actual data points, instead of 'gut-feel' based decisions.