How do you help a team to agree on a working definition of quality? I developed this quality workshop for this purpose, but also to help them apply it in a concrete way.
Teenage children can be the classic MVP’s (Minimal Viable Products) in action. Here’s why: They tend to be self deterministic They tend to experiment constantly They don’t attempt to predict the future but learn from their experiments They typically have no endstate in mind that they wish to be made explicit They have courage to outline […]
Building Quality In integral part of moving to a DevOps culture, at least according to the State of DevOps 2016. But what exactly does that mean? Sure, the report cites Deming, in particular “Cease dependence on inspection to achieve quality. Eliminate the need for inspection on a mass basis by building quality into the product in […]
Non testers will always have views and opinions on testing. But it’s a problem when those opinions start impacting my testing in a negative way. Then I’m failing in my responsibility to perform testing to my best ability. The intent of control is to do a job well, not to hold power over people.
The truth is, most developers, project managers and business people don’t understand testing in any deep way. Instead they often resort to shallow imitations, an emperors test suite, if you will.
The ‘Base Camp’ heuristic is the work required to find any bug. Typically ‘Base Camp’ bugs tend to be low lying fruit and can be found quickly, especially if a tester is experienced. In the world of Daniel Kahneman, these bugs are found using Systems 1 thinking. To discover an ‘Everest’ type bug requires Base […]
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That might surprise you if you listened the Eurostar Webinar last week where Fiona Charles and I explored the numbers of women speaking at software testing conferences. If you didn’t hear it you can now (Spoiler ahead it’s roughly 25%*) Considering that there are more women in testing than other technical professions you might be surprised by this. Unfortunately […]
Today I went to Agile Australia as an attendee. That’s a first for me, usually, I’m speaking. It was wonderful to go with a different purpose, which is to learn from others. Typically, if I’m speaking I’m so focused on ‘my talk’ and getting ready for ‘my talk’ that I don’t feel very open to […]
Keynotes are something to be earned and rightly so. Typically a keynote comes from someone who likes to speak, who is good at speaking, and has something interesting to talk about. I know many women testers who meet the above criteria. They have the requisite ‘merit’ required to be a keynoter. They have thoughtful ideas, are good speakers […]