Automate User Interface tests in Visual Studio 
2008-04-14, 00:14 - Programming, Agile
Ok. So I too have tried to automate some nice user interface tests for the programs I developed. Doing this I got frustrated that there was no tool that worked the way I wanted. I just wanted to be able to:
- Record tests
- Get recorded tests in c# code
- Debug and edit the tests inside Visual Studio
- Have tests where the UI mapping code was seperated from the test logic.
- Extend the test framework where it didn't fulfill my needs.

Well this is why I got involved in the development of the Test Automation FX framework which addresses these problems (and solves them!)

The beta is out there and it┤s getting quite nice. Go to the website and try it out.

Have fun and happy testing!
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Agile Podcasts 
2007-02-11, 08:19 - Agile
Just wanted to share some great Agile Podcast sources that I listen to frequently.

Agile Toolkit Podcast
Conversations about Agile Methodologies and Practices.
A great podcast with Bob Payne.

Lean Agile Straight Talk podcast
Jim Trott from NetObjectives has a podcast that is great, but low "easy listening"-factor...

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So many crooks... so few bullets 
2007-01-16, 23:13 - Personal, Agile
And so many ideas and so little time.
During my holiday I sat down to write down some of my ideas and questions mainly regarding agile software development and leadership. It started out as a few points that I wanted to use as my own reminders but slowly evolved to a couple of pages!! I wanted to use this information to kind of keep the trail of thought that has lead me to the "mental state" where I am today. I've come to notice that when I read stuff that have written myself I often get further with my thoughts. If I don't write stuff down I get the same ideas over and over again. And that's too frustrating to live with. Maybe that's kind of the essence why I started blogging in the first place, huh?

Anyway. Think I'll try to put the stuff I wrote on the web so I have it easily accessible and maybe even get som comments from other people.
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Agile to Death 
2006-12-11, 21:38 - Programming, Agile
I've spent years on the barricades for the Agile methologies. Even before I knew what Agile was...

I've done my job struggling against formal and stiff development methods that believed more in the process itself than in the people doing the actual work. In the last two or three years this struggle has been a whole lot easier with the broad (somewhat...) acceptance of agile methods.

I now work as a Agile Project Leader trying to keep the agile spirit alive in the teams I coach. I think I'm doing a petty good job ::). But I can get better.. (and that's what agility is about a lot...improving yourself and others to get the job done).

Some personal principles I think I like:
- Keep it simple (small smart simple units make a working complex system. A system that is only complex NEVER works).
- Use your skills and adopt new ones. There's no excuse... agile is about people triggered by the wish to be better and to do great stuff.
- Be balanced. All principles should be considered with their pros and cons. YAGNI for instance is great to consider if you often over design stuff. But don't use it as an excuse for doing rigid non-generic implementations of problems we know will evolve. Be critical and try not to adopt to many ideas blindly...I guess this is experience talking :;)
- TDD and unit tests are great to have...sometimes. But don't bend yourself backward to test everything. And for the love of God keep the tests simple if anything.
- Think WE (or Win-Win). Try to fix everything yourself and you will probably fail (or at least get exhausted succeeding :;) ). It is hard work being a good team player. In agile development it is the team's responsibility to fix everything, even the process. Try to get along with people and incourage them to grow along with you. Communicate!! Think Win-Win. There are solutions we all can benifit from...find them. Empower the mind as well!!

Well, just wanted to throw something up!! Guess I'll be blogging more about agile than WPF in the future :;)

BTW, if you live in the south of Sweden or Denmark and have an interest in Agile methologies be sure to check out Agile ěresund. It is a newly started user group for people interested and maybe experienced in agile methods, practices and technologies.

"Thanks for listening, I feel much better now..."

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