Iterative Testing (intro)

Edit April 11/2006 – This is a topic I’ll be talking about more in the near future. In the mean time, check out this test debt post which describes an iterative testing challenge.

A few people have asked me recently about how I test on Agile projects, or on iterative projects in general. I’ll post some of my experiences here with the disclaimer that these practices are very much a work-in-progress.

To begin this discussion, I’ll point readers back to this post which is about describing testing activities to business stakeholders. Testing activities are broken up into Business Facing and Technology Facing activities (terms coined by Brian Marick) not just over a release, but through each iteration. These two sets of activities not only guide test exection, but test planning as well. Furthermore, each area of testing activity has collaborative components.

In the coming days, I’ll share some of the techniques that I have been working on.