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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.

5 Easy steps for Testers to Influence Developers

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A classic problem for testers in agile contexts is the fact that they feel they are not listened to by developers. Testers, often rightly, warn developers from doing stuff because the consequences could be very bad, but developers in many cases don’t listen to them. This is very upsetting, testers find themselves lonely within an agile team because of this. They ...

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What I learned about helping teams use WIP limits

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The Work In Progress limit (WIP limit from now on) is one of the most powerful but counter-intuitive concepts I had the fortune to encounter in my work life. When suggesting teams to introduce a WIP limit to their boards, I hear objections like “are you saying that doing less things at the same time is going to make you faster? ...

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#NoEstimates episode 2 – THE ANSWERS

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A normal person would expect that sharing free content doesn’t create controversy. Well this normal person is wrong. A couple of weeks back I shared a report on #NoEstimates based on my adoption experience in the last 2-3 years. I got some thanks, some praise, but mainly aggravation. I had noticed this trend before when tweeting about #NoEstimates, when a group of individuals taunted ...

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#NoEstimates a simple experience report

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I’ve been practicing #NoEstimates with my teams for the last 2-3 years if you want to know how it worked for us, read below. First of all an answer to all the people that in these years have been telling me “Yes, but if you are breaking user stories down, then you are estimating” Not at all #1: There is ...

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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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