QA is everyone’s responsiblity!

There’s a COHAA event coming up this week that you ATDD folks might be interested in… I always enjoy Cheezy’s presentations, and he says this one is going to be extra crazy. I don’t know what that means but I’m curious to find out! (This is separate from our regularly scheduled ATDD meeting on Nov. 1.)

Who is responsible for QA on an Agile team? The answer is “Everybody”. And yet this is rarely the case. Often the Testers write their test cases and automation in isolation and execute them after development is finished. Developers write their code without talking to the testers except to understand how to reproduce the latest discovered defect. Product Owners elaborate requirements in isolation and then hand them off to the team only to check back at the end of the sprint. Business Analysts spend their time in meetings away from the team working on documents that have questionable usefulness.

Join Cheezy as he engages the audience and paints a different picture. This picture includes techniques and practices that foster collaboration between all team members that have the side effects of dramatically improving quality and achieving better flow resulting in a more streamlined development effort. This new picture is a picture of teamwork and quality assurance.

For more info, or to sign up, go here.

November meeting announcement – Get in shape for ATDD with GherkinSalad

Given a team got a jumpstart with ATDD
And they got a few features automated
When a few cycles go by and reality starts settling in
Then they face issues scaling the process with (in)consistency in gherkin, detail level, data management etc.
And technical issues with finding elements on page, reporting, reusable code etc.

Did you wonder about this scenario or had it in play on your current or previous team? Then come checkout the GherkinSalad framework. It is an approach to help answer some of these questions. It provides a set of ideas around writing and maintaining gherkins which can be applied, leveraged or adapted to projects with different challenges. It also provides a framework for automation that supports and enables these ideas.

Speaker: Ayan Dave is fond of automation, testing and likes to explore different tools and techniques to do these. For 8 hours a day he works with Quick Solutions as Senior Consultant and writes code for its clients. For other 8 hours he writes code for the GherkinSalad framework and keeps asking his 3 year old daughter if she would like to help (she said no). For the remaining 8 hours he dreams of writing code 🙂

We’re at the Quick Solutions office near Polaris this month. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP so that we know how much food to get.