Implementing Agile Test Driven Development for Non-Developers

Software Testing

TT3530

Introductory

2 Days

Course Overview

Implementing Agile Test Driven Development for Non-Developers is a two day, in-depth Agile-testing training course that provides students with a solid introduction to Test Driven Development and “test first” design within the context of Agile processes and practices.

 

Course Objectives

Test-driven development (TDD) is an evolutionary approach to development where you must first write a test that fails before you write new functional code. This process was developed by Kent Beck and Ward Cunningham. It is primarily an agile approach to software development and is one of the core principles of Extreme Programming.

 

Working within in a dynamic, learning environment, guided by our expert Agile TDD team, attendees will:

  • Be introduced to the concept of development agility and the Agile Manifesto
  • Review each of the major agile development methods underscoring their strengths and weaknesses
  • Understand how to manage an agile environment even within a structured organizational approach
  • Learn how to introduce agility into a development organization
  • Examine what unit testing is and how various xUnit frameworks facilitate unit testing
  • Review the xUnit family of unit testing tools
  • Understand the concepts of and motivations for Test-Driven Development
  • Relate unit testing, test driven development, and test coverage to agile processes
  • Understand the importance of refactoring in supporting agile and test driven processes
  • Understand what Continuous Integration is and what the components of CI are
  • Examine the motivations for CI
  • Review best practices for everything from CI to testing within the context of agile development

 Throughout the course, students will be led through a series of progressively advanced topics, where each topic consists of lecture, group discussion, comprehensive lab exercises and review.

 If your team requires more advanced materials or custom topics, this course may be easily adjusted to accommodate. We offer many additional Agile, TDD and software engineering courses which may be blended with this course for a track that best suits your development objectives.

Course Prerequisites

This is a beginner- level course, designed for test professionals, test managers, project leaders, quality analysts, and developers. No specific prerequisites are assumed. Knowledge of current development processes, such as structured top-down development and the waterfall method is beneficial.

Course Agenda

Session: Agile Development

 

Lesson: Agile Rationale and Concepts

  • Reducing Risk Through Agility
  • The Discipline of Timeboxing
  • Incremental Delivery and Evaluation
  • Agile Method: Scrum
  • Agile Method: XP
  • Pair Programming

 

Lesson: The Agile Approach

  • Agile Software Development Manifesto
  • The Agile Principles
  • Identifying Features
  • Managing Features
  • Communication Dynamics

 

Lesson: Agile Iterative Development

  • Iterative Approaches
  • Phased Iterative Development
  • Iterating
  • Feasibility & Planning
  • Development
  • Adaptation & Deployment

 

Lesson: Prioritizing and Planning

  • Features and Backlogs
  • FDD Process
  • Prioritizing Features
  • Release Planning
  • Assigning Features to Iterations

 

Lesson: Building

  • Typical Continuous Integration Process
  • CI Server
  • Automate Source Code Management
  • Automate Build Process
  • Automate Testing
  • Automate Deployment

 

Session: Unit Testing

 

Lesson: Unit Testing Overview

  • Purpose of Unit Testing
  • Good Unit Tests
  • Test Stages
  • Unit Testing Vs Integration Testing

 

Lesson: Unit Testing Tools

  • Understanding Unit Testing Frameworks
  • JUnit Overview
  • Test Case using JUnit
  • Failures vs. Errors

 

Lesson: Unit Testing Best Practices

  • "Good" Tests
  • Bad Smells
  • White-Box Unit Testing
  • Black-Box Unit Testing
  • Automation and Coverage

 

Session: Agile Testing Best Practices

 

Lesson: Transitioning to Agility

  • Agility: Some Process, Some Mindset
  • Characteristics that Enable Agility
  • Characteristics that Inhibit Agility
  • Risks Associated with Migrating
  • Smoothing the Transition

 

Lesson: The Bottom Line

  • Agile Migration Patterns
  • Extending the Migration
  • Coding Practices
  • Source Control
  • Pair Programming and Code Reviews
  • Continuous Integration
  • Legacy Code

 

Course Materials

Our robust course materials include much more than a simple slideshow presentation handout.  Student materials include a comprehensive hard-copy course manual, complete with detailed course notes, code samples, diagrams and current reference materials, all directly related to the course at hand, indexed for ease of use. Step-by-step lab instructions, software tutorials and project descriptions are clearly illustrated and commented for maximum learning. 

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