Pride and Paradev - No Longer Available
Pride and Paradev - No Longer Available


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Pride and Paradev - No Longer Available

Last updated on 2016-04-13

About the Book

What's a paradev?

A paradev is anyone on a software team that doesn't just do programming.

Who's this book for?

This book is for paradevs who do, or would like to do, software testing on an agile team.

Why contradictions?

"The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

Isn't this book free on your blog?

Yes, the contradictions in this book all originate from blog posts I have written on my blog. There is fifteen pages of bonus introductory material in this book, plus three bonus non-contradictions at the end, and it's packaged nicely into three convenient formats. If you liked the blog posts, please buy the book: it starts at just five bucks.

Helping the homeless

I will donate 10% of all proceeds of this book to a registered Australian charity (or charities depending on the amount) that helps Australia's homeless population.

About the Author

Alister Scott
Alister Scott

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Table of Contents

    • Acknowledgments
    • About this book
    • Before we start: what’s a paradev?
    • All about agile software development
    • A typical agile software development process
  • A collection of software testing contradictions
  • Your role as an agile software tester
    • Do agile teams even need a software tester?
    • Do agile software testers need technical skills?
    • Are software testers the gatekeepers or guardians of quality?
    • Should agile testers fix the bugs they find?
    • Should testers write the acceptance criteria?
  • Software testing as a career choice
    • Is software testing a good career choice?
    • Is it beneficial to attend software testing conferences?
    • Should testers get a testing certification?
  • Defining Acceptance Criteria for user stories
    • Should acceptance criteria be implicit or explicit?
    • Should your acceptance criteria be specified as Given/When/Then or checklists?
    • Are physical or virtual story walls better?
  • Testing Techniques
    • Which is better: manual or automated testing?
    • Can we just test it in production?
    • What type of test environment should we test in?
    • Should you use test controllers for testing?
    • Should you use production data or generate test data for testing?
    • Should you test in old versions of Internet Explorer?
    • Should you use a tool to track bugs?
    • Should you raise trivial bugs?
    • Should you involve real users in testing?
  • Automated Acceptance Testing
    • Do you need an automated acceptance testing framework?
    • Who should write your automated acceptance tests?
    • What language should you use for your automated acceptance tests?
    • Should you use the Given/When/Then format to specify automated acceptance tests?
    • Should your element selectors be text or value based?
  • Three non-contradictions

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