Testing in the Fast Lane: Automated Acceptance Testing in an eXtreme Programming Environment

Lisa Crispin, BoldTech Systems

Are you looking to apply the values of eXtreme Programming (XP) to test automation? In eXtreme Programming Explained, Kent Beck compares XP to driving a car-meaning the team must make constant corrections to stay on track. This includes plotting the course, establishing check points, tracking progress, and occasionally even asking for directions. But XP test professionals have a need for speed given their tight deadlines, so is this much process really possible? To be the windshield and not the bug, you have to use lightweight automated test frameworks and tools that won't slow you down. Lisa Crispin delivers pointers on selecting or developing these tools to assist in test automation.

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