Agile Testing Essentials

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4+ Hours of Video Instruction

Agile Testing Essentials LiveLessons is based on fundamental concepts from Lisa Crispin’s and Janet Gregory’s two best-selling books, Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams and More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team. By the end of the course, participants will understand how testing fits into short and frequent delivery cycles and how each team member can contribute to the success of a quality product.

Every team member, including testers, programmers, team facilitators, business analysts, designers, product owners and product managers, will find value in this course.

Goal: To introduce basic understanding of how agile teams build quality into their product, with the whole team engaged in testing activities throughout the delivery cycle. Testing is critical to the successful delivery of a quality product—not a phase to be executed right before delivery.

Approach: Each topic starts with a presentation of the material, assisted with slides and/or a live discussion between Janet and Lisa. Examples are used throughout to help explain the topic, and there is an opportunity for participants to practice different techniques through exercises. After each exercise, Janet and Lisa discuss how they approach the exercise and guide participants in connecting what they’ve learned with their own teams and projects.

Related Content:

Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory are co-authors of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley, 2014) and Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009), as well as authors and contributors to other software development books. Their book website is

About the Instructors

Lisa Crispin has worked as a tester and agile testing coach on awesome agile teams since 2000. Her peers voted her the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person in 2012. Together with Janet, she developed a three-day agile testing training course. Please visit for her blog, along with links to publications, podcasts and webinars. Follow Lisa on Twitter, @lisacrispin.

Janet Gregory is an agile testing coach and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. Janet works with teams to transition to agile development, and teaches agile testing courses and tutorials worldwide. Her peers voted her the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person in 2015. For more about Janet’s work and her blog, visit Follow Janet on Twitter, @janetgregoryca.

Skill Level

  • Beginner to Intermediate

Learn How To

  • Grow your agile testing mindset
  • Understand the Whole Team approach to building in quality
  • Use models such as the Agile Testing Quadrants to ensure all necessary testing activities are covered
  • Guide development with business-facing examples and tests
  • Explore your software product to discover defects and missing features
  • Use leading practices to succeed with automation
  • Utilize key factors for agile testing success and confidence-building practices

Who Should Take This Course

Any team member involved in delivery of a product using agile methods, including: testers, programmers, team facilitators, business analysts, designers, test managers, product owners, and product managers.

Course Requirements

  • Basic Agile knowledge

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Agile Testing Essentials: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Introduction to the Whole Team Approach
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 1.1 Shift your mindset
    3. 1.2 Build your skill set
    4. 1.3 Engage the whole team
    5. 1.4 Focus on quality, not speed
    6. 1.5 Get some real answers to your questions
    7. 1.5.1 Stop and think
    8. 1.5.2 Let’s talk: Whole team approach
  3. Lesson 2: Test Planning in Agile Contexts
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 2.1 Understand your context
    3. 2.1.1 Stop and think
    4. 2.1.2 Let’s talk: Regulatory context
    5. 2.2 Use models to help you plan
    6. 2.2.1 Stop and think
    7. 2.2.2 Let’s talk: Agile testing quadrants
    8. 2.3 Learn what tests can help guide development to build the right thing
    9. 2.3.1 Stop and think
    10. 2.3.2 Let’s talk: Tests that guide development
    11. 2.4 Learn what tests critique the product for fast feedback and realistic use
    12. 2.4.1 Stop and think
    13. 2.4.2 Let’s talk: Regression tests
    14. 2.5 Understand how to plan for quality attributes
    15. 2.5.1 Stop and think
    16. 2.5.2 Let’s talk: Performance quality attribute
    17. 2.6 Prepare for the end game
    18. 2.6.1 Stop and think
    19. 2.6.2 Let’s talk: The end game
  4. Lesson 3: Shared Understanding through Early Testing
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 3.1 Apply your testing mindset to the business problem
    3. 3.1.1 Stop and think
    4. 3.1.2 Let’s talk: Question the business problem
    5. 3.2 Learn how to use conversations to build shared understanding
    6. 3.2.1 Stop and think
    7. 3.2.2 Let’s talk: User scenarios
    8. 3.3 Explore the power of guiding development with executable tests
    9. 3.3.1 Stop and think
    10. 3.3.2 Let’s talk: Concrete examples
    11. 3.4 Learn how to write high-level acceptance tests
    12. 3.4.1 Stop and think
    13. 3.4.2 Let’s talk: Acceptance tests
  5. Lesson 4: Automation in Agile
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 4.1 Articulate the benefits of automation
    3. 4.1.1 Stop and think
    4. 4.1.2 Let’s talk: Automation obstacles
    5. 4.2 Change your automation approach for agile projects
    6. 4.2.1 Stop and think
    7. 4.2.2 Let’s talk: Who can help automate?
    8. 4.3 Create an automation strategy using the automation test pyramid
    9. 4.3.1 Stop and think
    10. 4.3.2 Let’s talk: Test automation pyramid
    11. 4.4 Develop a path to success
    12. 4.4.1 Stop and think
    13. 4.4.2 Let’s talk: Automation approach
    14. 4.5 Guide your automation with principles and practices
    15. 4.5.1 Stop and think
    16. 4.5.2 Let’s talk: Automation practices
    17. 4.6 Find your quick wins
    18. 4.6.1 Stop and think
    19. 4.6.2 Let’s talk: Small experiments
  6. Lesson 5: Agile Exploration
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 5.1 Define exploratory testing
    3. 5.2 Use personas to change perspectives
    4. 5.2.1 Stop and think
    5. 5.2.2 Let’s talk: Personas
    6. 5.3 Learn different techniques to explore
    7. 5.3.1 Stop and think
    8. 5.3.2 Let’s talk: Techniques for exploring
    9. 5.4 Focus your exploring
    10. 5.4.1 Stop and think
    11. 5.4.2 Let’s talk: Charters
  7. Lesson 6: Ingredients for Success
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 6.1 Understand the 7 success factors of agile testing
    3. 6.1.1 Stop and think
    4. 6.1.2 Let’s talk: Key success factors
    5. 6.2 Deliver with confidence using core agile testing practices
    6. 6.2.1 Stop and think
    7. 6.2.2 Let’s talk: Confidence building practices
  8. Summary
    1. Agile Testing Essentials: Summary

Product information

  • Title: Agile Testing Essentials
  • Author(s): Lisa Crispin / Janet Gregory
  • Release date: May 2017
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0134683285