Agile Testing Best Practices

Have you ever bumped into a wall with your automated tests? Many developers bump into various roadblocks and hurdles when writing test code. Are your test methods starting to fail because the code-under-test uses the current date and time? Are your automated integration tests failing because the database they integrate with keeps changing? Do you have an explosion of test methods, with the ratio of test code to code-under-test way too high? Is your effort to refactor and improve code overwhelmed by the time it takes to rewrite all those failing unit tests? This presentation is about clearing away Agile testing obstacles, avoiding common pitfalls, and staying away from dangerous practices. Stephen Ritchie is the author of Pro .NET Best Practices (http://www.apress.com/9781430240235). He has been writing software professionally for over 20 years. He works as a software development consultant at Excella Consulting in the Washington, D.C. area. His passion for following best practices has taught him to appreciate the value of experience, practical know-how, and continuous learning. Stephen is the .NET best practices steward at Excella Consulting, working with .NET project teams to facilitate and sort out the helpful practices from the unhelpful ones, the practicable from the impracticable, and the "sounds good" from the "it really is good" practices and principles.

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  • Stephen R.

    The video of my presentation on Agile Testing Best Practices from the March meetup is now on YouTube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47YBqsXDEzY

    March 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank You Stephen!

      March 26, 2013

  • David A.

    Thanks, Stephen. I enjoyed the presentation. I'm in the middle of the Specification by Example book that you cited in your slides. Would love to attend a meetup where an expert speaks to this.

    March 20, 2013

    • Michael C.

      Hi David,

      March 20, 2013

    • Michael C.

      I have a deck on Specifications by Example and we had a session last year on this, if there is interest I'd be happy to lead another session for the group

      March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was not feeling well last night, so I'm sorry I missed this meetup. I was hoping to connect with some other testers in the area and learn more about automation testing. Can anyone please recommend a good automation testing tool for an agile project that uses C#, dotnetnuke, and jenkins. The web application we are building uses only internet explorer, and the software testers have little or no programming experience. Any suggestions would be appreciated. [masked]

    March 20, 2013

  • Stephen R.

    Thank you to everyone that came out to hear me speak last night. BTW, you can find the slides here: http://slidesha.re/YFVjHn

    March 20, 2013

  • Igor K.

    Thanks Stephen and Excella for the interesting meetup

    March 19, 2013

  • Veronica M.

    It's very interesting meetup.

    March 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yay!

    March 14, 2013

  • George D.

    I'm pretty sure I can make it.

    March 14, 2013

  • John HK K.

    good...

    February 26, 2013

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