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Agile Testing: Budgeting, Estimation, Planning and #NoEstimates

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We're a broken record when it comes to software testing. As we've made clear time and time again, testing is undervalued in IT. It is one of the most important steps in the software development process, yet it's often a hurried step, in an effort to produce a final project. As Agile adoption continues to increase (which it will), it's even more important to emphasize the value of testing.

But, testing is routinely overlooked, or organizations don't understand how to prioritize testing within the frameworks in use, like Agile. This is what Tom Cagley, our VP of Consulting and Agile Practice Manager, spoke about at this year's QUEST conference: How to utilize Agile in testing environments. He discussed the difference between budgeting, planning and estimation as applied to testing in an Agile environment - and when they make sense, when they don't and in what combination for testing. He also explained the #NoEstimates movement and its role in Agile testing.

You can download his presentation, "Budgeting, Estimation, Planning and #NoEstimates - They ALL Make Sense for Agile Testing!," here. If you have any thoughts we'd love to here them; just leave a comment below or contact Tom directly.

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Visit DCG at the QUEST Conference!

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We're headed back again this year to the QUEST conference - this time in Atlanta! Not familiar? QUEST is the best source for new technologies and proven methods for Quality Engineered Software and Testing. Thought leaders, evangelists, innovative practitioners, and IT professionals from across North America gather together for a week of events.

From April 20-24th, you'll be able to find DCG representatives all around the conference.

The easiest place to find us is at booth #12 in the exhibition hall! We urge you to stop by to see what we're giving away at our booth and to hear a little bit about how you can use the TMMi framework to give you more time and more money for other things (including a cup of coffee!).

We'll also be giving an EXPO Talk, "A Cross Section of TMMi Survey Results 2014." So if you're interested in learning more about how other companies have progressed through TMMi Maturity Level Three, don't miss out! We'll provide a profile of the level of capability found in a typical testing organization, areas of the model that tend to give respondents the most trouble and a general pattern of progression.

Finally, don't miss Tom Cagley, VP of Consulting & TMMi Accredited Assessor, when he gives his presentation on April 22nd at 11:00am. "Scaling Agile Testing with TMMi" will discuss how to effectively tailor and use the TMMi model in plan-based and Agile environments and how to measure the results.

Have we piqued your interest about TMMi? Take this high-level evaluation of how your organization's testing compares to the TMMi. Tom Cagley will personally follow up with your results - and you can always stop by our booth at QUEST to chat some more!

See you in Atlanta!

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QUEST 2013

In case you missed it, it was another good time at the QUEST conference this year. One of my favorite parts of the conference this year was the vendor giveaways, which weren’t done with your everyday pick-a-name-out-of-a-hat. Instead, contestants (conference attendees) were selected and they had to compete for the prizes by correctly answering test- and exhibitor-related questions. It was a lot of fun!

DCG would like to congratulate the winner of our Kindle Fire, Cathy Raley.  (You can watch Cathy correctly answer our question in this video).

QUEST 2013

As always, there was good attendance at the sessions and in the exhibitor hall. The attendees were friendly and everyone seemed to have a great time – despite the weather outside.

I’m happy to say that there was a good bit of interest in my presentation, “Rescuing Troubled Projects Using Agile,” and I appreciated the attendance and participation. In fact, based on response from the conference, DCG will be offering this presentation as a webinar later this year, so stay tuned.

All in all, I met some great folks from all over the country and had a lot of good conversations – I can’t wait to go back next year! See you there!

Pat Eglin
Consultant and SEI Certified Instructor

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- Mike Harris, DCG Owner

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