Letter from the Editor – March 2011

I have been excited about this issue since I included it in the 2011 editorial calendar. This issue of LogiGear Magazine dives into an exploration of agile automation—from the most efficient methods for test automation, to skill sets and better preparation for test teams, and even to understanding the variety of tools in question. We are preparing you for the discussions and implementations to successfully automate agile projects.

The problem of automating agile projects revolves around the agile need for speed paired with lean, light-weight documentation—ideals withholding the keys to successful automation from the past: time and information. How can test teams be agile, fast, and lean, yet still automate more in less time with less prep time and less information?

To address the challenges and fears of implementing automation in agile projects, LogiGear CTO Hans Buwalda presents Action Based Testing (ABT) as the best solution for test automation in the new dynamics of agile projects; Bogdan Bereza-Jarocinski provides an overview of test tools followed by Elisabeth Hendrickson’s expert thought into whether or not testers must now write code; “Spotlight Interview” with Jonathan Rasmusson, author of The Agile Warrior.

This issue includes our continuing glimpse into Viet Nam through a Q&A session with McAfee representatives who visited for a week ,and an analysis report from the LogiGear 2010 Global Testing Survey focusing on the real world of software testing directly from practitioners.

I hope you enjoy this issue on automating in agile projects and can refer back to it for your current and future agile endeavors!

Michael Hackett

Senior Vice President

Editor In Chief

Michael Hackett
Michael is a co-founder of LogiGear Corporation, and has over two decades of experience in software engineering in banking, securities, healthcare and consumer electronics. Michael is a Certified Scrum Master and has co-authored two books on software testing. Testing Applications on the Web: Test Planning for Mobile and Internet-Based Systems (Wiley, 2nd ed. 2003), and Global Software Test Automation (Happy About Publishing, 2006). He is a founding member of the Board of Advisors at the University of California Berkeley Extension and has taught for the Certificate in Software Quality Engineering and Management at the University of California Santa Cruz Extension. As a member of IEEE, his training courses have brought Silicon Valley testing expertise to over 16 countries. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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