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Augusto "Gus" Evangelisti is a software development professional, blogger, foosball player with great interest in people, software quality, agile and lean practices. He enjoys cooking, eating, learning and helping agile teams exceed customer expectations while having fun.

BDD is – BDD is not

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“I’m the smartest man in Athens because I know that I know nothing.” —Socrates 470-399 BC What BDD is (for me) 1. Conversations BDD is about conversations The conversations help us understand what we are trying to build and identify the behaviours of our application The conversations help us share the knowledge about what we are building Through the conversations we deliberately discover the behaviour ...

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Thin Vertical Slices of Value

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I recently had a conversation with two colleagues where I was trying to explain the advantages of frequently delivering thin vertical slices of value, versus working on separated components and integrating at the end. I have been familiar with this concept for so long, and generally give it for granted, but while explaining it, I found myself at a loss and ...

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Agile tester part 2, questions and answers

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Warning: The opinions expressed in this post are mine only, please do not use them against any other group of people, but only against me, that is Augusto Evangelisti a.k.a. Gus. After writing my most recent blog post “The Agile Tester, a Curious and Empathetic Animal” I received quite a lot of feedback for which I am very grateful. Feedback in ...

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The Agile Tester, a curious and empathetic animal

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The agile tester (ˈadʒʌɪl/ ˈtɛstə/) is an mammal member of the family “Exploratoris”. He lives in the wild in small groups named cross-functional agile teams.           Skills Besides communication and technical skills, his main traits are curiosity and empathy [1]. Curiosity helps the agile tester in finding opportunities to improve the product. The agile tester questions ...

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Some quality metrics that helped my teams

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I’ve been asked the question “what are the best metrics to improve software quality?” (or similar) a million times, this blog post is a selfish time saver, you are probably reading this because you asked me a similar question and I sent you here. Firstly, i am not a fan of metrics and I consider a good 99% of the recommended software quality ...

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Cross-dysfunctional teams

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Every agile enthusiast will tell you how powerful a self-empowered cross-functional team can be. Once you have one, it brings complete team accountability from product idea to customer support, it naturally grows with continuous improvement, and finds self motivation in innovation and delivery of customer value. It’s a beautiful and powerful concept; the practical implementation sometimes is not so beautiful ...

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Complexity is the Excuse

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When I speak to people about how it is possible to continuously deliver customer value with near zero issues, I usually get laughed at. After I tell them that there is nothing to laugh at, people start challenging me on how I integrate with other systems, how I manage defects, how I deal with changing requirements, how I manage regression issues, ...

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Tech Conferences for Dummies – dos and donts

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I love going to tech conferences, I love the buzz, the learning, the engagement and the fun. There are a few things you can do to get the best value out of attending a tech conference, keep on reading.                 Draw a plan and make sure you don’t stick to it Every self respecting tech ...

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When something works, share it!

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When I joined PaddyPower in October 2012 I was asked to improve quality without affecting throughput.  I studied the teams for a couple of months and I came up with this model based on Gojko Adzic’s Specification By Example and a white paper on ATDD from Elisabeth Hendrickson. One year after, the bugs are a distant memory and cycle time ...

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