Book Review: A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps by Katrina Clokie

I just finished reading Katrina Clokie’s new book, A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps and I wanted to do a quick write-up for anyone considering picking up the e-book.

Do it.

The book is a great primer on DevOps practices and concepts but unlike most books on the subject, it’s written from the tester’s perspective. Hallelujah! I’ve been waiting for a book just like this. The material is easy to digest while still being chock full of quotes, research, and real industry examples that are easily referenced thanks to the clickable links in the e-book format. After reading this book, I feel like I have a good handle on what to expect as a tester as my responsibilities change in the DevOps shift.

I especially liked that she gave several examples of exercises to try running with your team to help nail down the expectations of tester responsibilities such as test retrospectives and risk workshops.  I plan to run both of these with my team in the near future.

Whether your company has made the DevOps shift, plans to in the future, or you just want to take a look at what’s happening in the industry right now, I cannot recommend this book enough.



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