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Agile Testing: comparison to Gojko Adzic's book?

Jeff Langr
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Greetings authors--

How does your book compare to Gojko Adzic's book that also just came out (within a few days of yours), Bridging the Communication Gap: Specification by Example and Agile Acceptance Testing? What areas overlap and what areas do not? (I just noted that one of you reviewed the book on Amazon.)

Another book on testing I'm in the middle of is Weinberg's Perfect Software: And Other Illusions About Testing (not specifically agile, of course). Interesting how books often come in related bundles. These three could be the "winning agile testing trifecta."

thanks,
Jeff L.


Books: Agile Java, Modern C++ Programming with TDD, Essential Java Style, Agile in a Flash. Contributor, Clean Code.
Lisa Crispin
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Jeff Langr wrote:Greetings authors--

How does your book compare to Gojko Adzic's book that also just came out (within a few days of yours), Bridging the Communication Gap: Specification by Example and Agile Acceptance Testing? What areas overlap and what areas do not? (I just noted that one of you reviewed the book on Amazon.)

Another book on testing I'm in the middle of is Weinberg's Perfect Software: And Other Illusions About Testing (not specifically agile, of course). Interesting how books often come in related bundles. These three could be the "winning agile testing trifecta."

thanks,
Jeff L.

Gojko's excellent book is focused on using specification by example and agile acceptance testing to improve communication and ensure that the team delivers the correct business value. Gojko explains some great techniques such as specification workshops to help elicit examples and requirements. We cover similar ground in Agile Testing, but Gojko approaches it from a different angle and delves more deeply into why software projects suffer from a communication gap and how to fix it.

Our book goes into more details than Gojko's about helping testers transition to agile and helping teams address cultural and organizational challenges that can get in the way of the agile "whole team" approach. Our book has a big section about the Agile Testing Quadrants which I've mentioned in other posts here and how that can be used to accomplish all the different purposes of testing, with a team approach. We also follow a tester through "an iteration in the life" to see how testers contribute on a daily basis throughout the iteration, how they collaborate with customers and programmers.

Personally I think everyone should read both books!

I haven't gotten to Weinberg's book yet but I'm sure it's excellent. Nice to have multiple sources of information to help with testing in agile teams!
-- Lisa


Co-author, with Janet Gregory: Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009) http://lisacrispin.com
Janet Gregory
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Gerry Wienberg's Perfect Software is an interesting book - I rather liked it. It will not teach you how to test, but is full of little tidbits of information and is quite fun to read.


Co-author, with Lisa Crispin: Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009) www.janetgregory.ca
 
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