Interview with Chad Fowler

I’ve blogged a bit about a presentation Chad Fowler made to XPWestMichiga two weeks back. There were several interesting points on marketing yourself and choosing a career in technology. Eventually, the talk will be on Google video and I’ll link to it, but I am getting tired of waiting to post something. In the mean […]

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Christmas Tree Shoppin’ …

Imagine: You bundle up the kids and drive ten miles to the Christmas tree farm. Before you can park your car, a young man greets you, asking you to roll down your windows. He asks if you have been to this farm before, you reply “No.” Giving you a wide grin, the young man says […]

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Scaling Knowledge work …

Ron Jeffries has an interesting article on a project he is currently working on. I read the article and responded to the XP E-mail list; here’s a copy of the response. Ron Jeffries Wrote:I wonder what would happen if Chet and I were putting in four or eight hours a day on this thing. Suppose […]

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A few of my favorite things – III

I promise to talk about testing tools, so next up is a DigitalVoice Recorder with PC Link. This particular model records and transfers to PC in WAV format, which can be converted to MP3 with any tool such as Audacity. Here’s the backstory: When I started by career, occasionally I heard decisions that didn’t seem […]

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Test Estimation

I thought my recent post to the Agile-Testing Discussion list was worth repeating. Here goes: Earlier, Lisa Crispin said Test Estimation was hard, and asked if anyone had a perfect method, to which I replied: > Ask the customer when they want it done, get a prioritized list of> features, and deliver on the day […]

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A Few Of My Favorite Things – II

If you watch enough presentations, you start to see things that detract from the message. The speaker has to plug in, power up, and press control-shift-F9 a bunch of times. He has to try to make smalltalk in this period – smalltalk that he didn’t expect to do. During the talk, he may have to […]

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Canary in a Coal Mine

There is an interesting talk in Info.com by Ken Schwaber. Ken is a co-author of the agile manifesto and co-inventor of Scrum. If you don’t want to listen for an hour, move the slider to 29 minutes – the section on magic thinking and lies. If you get hooked, you can come back to the […]

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A few of my favorite things – I

I’d like to start a short series on my favorite tools. No fluff, just stuff. Tool #1: Google Reader. This is like TiVo for blogs. You search for, find, and list your favorite blogs, and it updates itself with a GMail like interface when new posts come out. Because Google indexs, well, everything, you can […]

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Throughput – I

I’ve been thinking about throughput a lot lately. Example: It’s winter in Michigan, and it’s snowing. So, on my way to work this morning, I see a truck that is plowing. The truck is doing an excellent job of plowing, shifting from forward to reverse very quickly, accelerating quickly and using heavy brakes. He sure […]

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