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People in Testing Q&A with Lisa Crispin

Lisa Crispin - Adventures in QAToday, I want to start a new series on my blog. This series is called “People in Testing”. The goal of this series is to interview people who are working as a software tester or working with software testers to share their current challenges, ideas, test tools they are using and many more.
When I came up with the idea, I was always asking myself, what kind of testing challenges might have Lisa Crispin, Stephen Janaway or other software testers. While visiting conferences I was able to talk to many people from the software testing industry and I exchanged with them on current challenges and problems. The discussions and insights I had were very interesting and pushed me to introduce this new series. In the next upcoming weeks, there will be more interviews with software testers from around the world and from different kind of industries.

I hope you enjoy the first interview with Lisa Crispin one of the most influential agile testing expert and the co-author of the books Agile Testing and More Agile Testing.

Daniel: Lisa, what is currently your biggest challenge at work?

Lisa: There are so many! One huge source of frustration is another tester and I paired to automate some UI regression test scripts for our iOS app. It was hard but also fun and we got a good set of scripts. However, we have not been able to get them to run in our CI, and that needs to happen for them to have value. Some of the programmers have tried to help but no one has found the solution.

However I would say my biggest challenge overall is that our team does TDD well, and automates tests at all levels from unit up to UI, but does not use higher-level tests to guide development. Because of this, requirements often get missed. I haven’t been successful in getting the team to adopt practices that would help everyone get a shared understanding of the story or feature before they start coding. Read more

Printed Copy of Hands-On Mobile App Testing

https://leanpub.com/mobiletestingToday, I want to share some really great news with you. I think you all know, that I have written a book about mobile testing called “Hands-On Mobile App Testing” which is available since October 2014 on leanpub.
Since the book is available, I got really great feedback from people from around the world who were reading it. I never expected so many great feedback and responses. However, I also got lots of e-mails asking for a printed copy of my book. In the first place my idea was to publish the book via leanpub to have full control of the publishing process and the lightweight service they offer to distribute eBooks online. However, self publishing a printed copy of the book is not possible for me as a single person.

Therefore, I want to announce the printed copy of my book “Hands-On Mobile App Testing”. The famous book publisher Pearson formerly known as Addison Wesley will publish my book in a printed copy and eBook version.

This is a really great honor for me, because Pearson already published famous software testing books from software testing experts like:

Currently, I am reworking some chapters together with Pearson in my spare time to deliver the final manuscript in the next upcoming weeks. The final printed copy will then be available later this year in all known online and offline bookshops around the world.

Publishing the book with Pearson means that I will have to remove the leanpub version before the book will be available via Pearson. Don’t worry, this will take a couple of months and you can still buy it. If you like a printed copy of it, you have to wait some more months :).

I hope you like the update about my book and because of the great news, I will reduce the price of the book permanently to $9,99 ($ 11.89 including VAT).

If there are any new updates about this project, I will let you know!

Happy Testing!