Context Driven

I posted this to the Software-Testing Yahoo Group yesterday, and I thought Creative Chaos Readers might enjoy this. The background is a post saying that context-driven thinking was universal, and there was no value in putting people into different boxes such as the “Analytic” (Academic, Telecom, Finite State Machines) school of testing or the “Factory” […]

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Against Systems

As a military cadet, I had a few occasions to design systems – generally point systems. For example, the number of points required to graduate from a summer encampment, or a merit/demerit system. I typically would write a page that gave guidelines and concluded with “Plus or minus (some big number) for items of exceeding […]

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The Software Concept Maturity Model (SCMM)

Here’s a gift for the holidays; a software concept maturity model to lighten your mood. Level 1 – InitialAt this point, someone has an idea. It seems to work for them, to solve the problems they have. The person actually uses the idea with some success. There are lots of ideas at level 1 right […]

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Four Schools of Software Testing

Most readers of “Creative Chaos” probably know that allthough I do all things software, my predominant focus is software testing. In fact, a few weeks back Elisabeth Hendrickson labelled my blog “Mostly Testing”, and I was vaguely annoyed that I did not make her “Mostly Agile” list … then again, seeing how my thoughts on […]

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Two Roads in a wood – III (Tone)

Brian Marick once wrong something to the effect of “Methodology design is an extension of personality.” There is a large percentage of the population to who having things be stable, predictable and repeatable are very important. They tend to be attracted to, and succeed it, larger companies with established “ground rules.” They tend to struggle […]

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Two Roads in a wood – II

“Deal or no deal?”“Is that your identity?”“Let’s play one verses one hundred!”“Is that your final answer?” These catch-phrases all come from simple, formulaic game shows. The shows are the same, every time, right down to the catch-phrases and witty banter. How many different ways are there to say “And we’ll find out, right after this […]

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Considering Conferences

I used to go to conferences to get new ideas, and my emphasis was on the “big” ones like The SD Conferences or the Open Source Conference. Thanks to the internet, the public library, and wooden speakers who just stand up and read the bullet-points, I can now get most of that value from home. […]

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Agile Shark Jumpin’ – IV

I turns out that my Collegue, Jim Brosseau has been going through some of the same issues that I have. Jim and I don’t totally agree on every issue (who does?), but he does say some things in a recent newsletter that I think are rather profound, and I’m going to provide a couple of […]

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Test or Hardware Architecture ? – I

In the 1960’s, we had the “Software Engineering Crisis”, which was essentially the problem that NATO could not develop software supply to meet demand. The solution, more-or-less, seemed to be TQM (at least, according to NATO), which had it’s pros and cons. (I think Tom DeMarco offered a more credible, economic explanation in “Why Does […]

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