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Agile Testing Condensed:

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About the Book

Agile Testing Condensed presents a concise, easy-to-read overview of how to succeed with testing and build a quality culture in an agile context. Janet and Lisa have distilled their knowledge from two decades of agile testing to help readers understand:

-         How test and QA professionals contribute on an agile team

-         How to fit testing activities into an agile cycle

-         Who is responsible for completing various testing activities, and when

-         How to get testers engaged with the rest of the agile development team

-         How to get everyone on a delivery team engaged in continuous testing

-         Ways to plan testing activities using visual models

-         How testing can "keep up" with short iterations or even continuous delivery

-         How to evaluate testing effectiveness and continually improve 

-         How to get traction on test automation

This book is a must for testers, software delivery team members, product team members, business stakeholders, managers, and executives.

The authors’ first two books, Agile Testing and More Agile Testing, give detailed examples of testing challenges faced by real agile teams and describe how they were solved. This condensed book provides an overview of the agile testing practices that have proven useful in many contexts. 

For more details on any topics in Agile Testing Condensed, please see:

Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams, Addison-Wesley Professional, 2009

More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team, Addison-Wesley Professional, 2014, business stakeholders, managers and executives.

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About the Authors

Janet Gregory
Janet Gregory

Janet Gregory is an agile testing coach and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009), and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley 2014), the Live Lessons Agile Testing Essentials video course, and “Agile Testing for the Whole Team” 3-day training course.

Janet specializes in showing agile teams how testing practices are necessary to develop good quality products. She works with teams to transition to agile development and teaches agile testing courses worldwide. She contributes articles to publications and enjoys sharing her experiences at conferences and user group meetings around the world, and her peers voted as the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person in 2015. 

For more about Janet’s work and her blog, visit or You can also follow her on twitter @janetgregoryca. Together with Lisa Crispin, she has founded the Agile Testing Fellowship to grow a community of practitioners who care about quality. Check out  to find out more about courses and membership. 

Lisa Crispin
Lisa Crispin

Lisa has been spreading agile joy to the testing world and testing joy to the agile world for two decades. Her current interests include helping teams succeed with continuous delivery and deployment. She lives with her husband, donkeys, cats and dogs in beautiful Vermont.

Table of Contents

  • SECTION 1: Foundations
  • Chapter 1: What Do We Mean by Agile Testing?
    • Continuous testing models
    • Ten principles for agile testing
    • Testing manifesto
    • Agile testing definition
  • Chapter 2: Whole-Team Approach and Agile Testing Mindset
    • Focus on quality
    • How teams deal with defects
    • Multiple perspectives
  • Chapter 3: Test Planning in Agile Contexts
    • The team
    • The product
    • Planning across levels of detail
    • Planning for regression testing
  • SECTION 2: Testing Approaches
  • Chapter 4: Guiding Development with Examples
    • Example-based methods
    • Why examples help
    • This is your foundation
  • Chapter 5: Enabling Collaboration
    • Collaborate with customers
    • Impact mapping
    • Ask questions
    • Example mapping
    • Build trust using visibility
  • Chapter 6: Explore Continuously
    • Personas, jobs, and roles
    • Workflows and tours
    • Risks and value to the customer
    • Explore in pairs or groups
    • Charters
    • Executing, learning, steering
    • Additional techniques
    • Leverage tools for effective exploring
  • Chapter 7: Testing Quality Attributes
    • Defining quality attributes
    • Mitigating risks by collaborating early
    • Planning for pre-release testing
    • Planning for later learning
    • Regulatory compliance
  • Chapter 8: Testing in DevOps
    • Continuous delivery and deployment
    • Testing in production
    • Monitoring and observability
    • New technology brings us new capabilities
  • SECTION 3: Helpful Models
  • Chapter 9: The Agile Testing Quadrants
    • What tests in what order?
    • Using the quadrants
    • Defining “Done”
    • Find the models that fit your context
  • Chapter 10: Visualizing a Test Automation Strategy
    • Using visual models
    • The classic test automation pyramid
    • Automated tests as living documentation
    • Extending the model
    • Shared responsibility
  • SECTION 4: Agile Testing Today
  • Chapter 11: A Tester’s New Role
    • Testers are quality glue for a team
    • An agile tester’s professional journey
    • The fascinating path of evolving as testers
    • Be all that you can be
    • Start with a conversation
    • The world doesn’t need more checkers
    • Lisa’s and Janet’s thoughts
  • Chapter 12: Ingredients for Success
    • Success factors
    • Confidence-building practices
    • Paths to success
  • Glossary
  • Resources for Further Learning
    • General
    • Getting Shared Understanding - Collaboration
    • Exploratory Testing
    • DevOps, Monitoring, Observability
    • Test Automation
  • About the Authors

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