Role of Critical Testing with CI / Best Testing Practices with an Agile Team

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Happy to see developers testing, but we end up with tests that help us create code, but not testing that takes a critical look at the product. I also see lots of automated testing of dubious value.

How do we maintain the role of critic?

How do we ensure we are testing the things that really matter?

BMarick's blogs on user facing test automation not paying off

What's the role of the tester on your team?

Testers are an information provider to the rest of the team about things that threaten about the value of the product.