Monday, 27 November 2017

What is Agile Testing? The Books List

TLDR; A list of books that was shown in shaky cam on the What is Agile Testing video.

In the What is Agile Testing? video I used shaky cam to show a subset of books which help me understand Agile Testing.

In this post I list them such that they can be researched by the diligent reader.

Friday, 24 November 2017

The Evil Tester Show - Episode 003 - Black Friday Special

TLDR; I have always been fascinated with Confidence Men, Grifters, Tricksters. And all of that spills over into this Black Friday Special of The Evil Tester Show.

The third episode. It is available as audio and video covers Black Friday and what we can learn from Confidence Men and experts.

Friday, 17 November 2017

What is Agile Testing? The Evil Tester's Guide To Agile

TLDR; What is Agile Testing? Why… that would be testing in Agile projects and adapting to meet the needs of the team.

What is Agile Testing Video

I have started going through my “The Evil Tester’s (mini) Guide to Agile Testing” and answering the questions in a more indepth fashion, and the first is “What is Agile Testing?”

Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Evil Tester's (mini) Guide to Agile Testing

TLDR; Nine common questions about Agile Testing answered in an easy to download pdf brochure or slide deck.

Evil Tester's Guide To Agile Testing Cover

For Agile Tour London, I created a mini brochure called “The Evil Tester’s Guide to Agile Testing”. And now I have converted it into a slide deck for easier consumption and distribution. You can still find the original brochure as a pdf on

Professional Branding!

The aim of this was to create a promotional brochure, because I’m a building my brand:

  • free stickers to give out at events (tick)
  • t-shirts for me to wear promoting (tick)
  • and now, brochures for the ultimate big corporate facade (tick).
You can find the brochure as an easy to download pdf on my on Alan is an Agile Coach Page. It is a gatefold A4 sheet with all the promo stuff on one side and all the value “9 Most Common Questions About Agile Testing Answered” inside.

Since I grew up with comics that tacked free gifts on the cover I had to have something like that on the front too.

Free Poster Inside Logo

What Questions?

The nine questions I most often encounter are:

  • What is Agile Testing?
  • Do we still need testers in Agile?
  • What is an Agile Tester?
  • What does a Software Tester Actually Do?
  • Should we automate our testing?
  • What tools should we use for our Agile Testing?
  • How Much Should we Automate?
  • How can we automate and still finish the sprint?
  • How can we finish all our testing in the sprint?
And, I did indeed answer them.

If I didn’t answer the most common question that you face then let me know in the comments or via contact form and I’ll do my best to answer it in the future.

Short answers in the brochure, short and longer answers on the Alan is an Agile Coach Page and I included long and short answers in the Slide deck released to slideshare.

If you haven’t read it yet, then, the Slide deck might be the easiest to read. But the high quality ‘poster’ is in the pdf at


More Answers? More Questions?

I will expand on these answers in future blog posts and videos, and if you have any other questions you want answered then let me know.

Friday, 10 November 2017

The Evil Tester Show - 002 Provocative Therapy and Quality Coaches (Software Testing Podcast)

TLDR; Provocative Therapy is a great study area. And Quality Coaches might not be the best cure for what ails your modern software development process.

The second episode. It is available as a audio and video covers Provocative Therapy and the Testers Role in Modern Software Development - also looking at the notion of Quality Coaches.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

A Treatise of Buggs

TLDR; A treatise on non-software bugs, written in 1730, but still with lessons to learn.

Written in 1730 by John Southall. Bug Prevention and Detection has been a problem throughout the ages.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Announcing The Evil Tester Show - Podcast

TLDR; The world needs another Software Testing Podcast. So I created one.

The first episode is a Halloween Special. It is available as an audio podcast or as a video podcast.