Two Laws and a new article

I put this out in a private correspondence yesterday and thought it was worth repeating here: Heusser’s first rule of ethics: When someone ends a proposal with the statement “… and it’s all legal!” they are saying that because it probably /should/ be illegal. Don’t work with them. Heusser’s first law of guru-ness: To be […]

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Laws of Software Development

Gerald M. Weinberg has two books Secrets of Consulting and More Secrets of Consulting that have a number of guides, rules of thumb, advice, rubrics, and so on. I found these immensely helpful. At the same time I am reluctant to use the term ‘law’ (as in Newton’s laws) – because ‘law’ implies that the […]

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Should I automate a test for tab order?

We’ve been discussing tab-order tests on my discussion list, SW-Improve, and also the Software Testing Yahoo Group. Elisabeth Hendrickson (or “ESH”, for short) put out a post on SW-IMPROVE that said that, while automating browser tests might be prohibitively expensive for many shops, she found that high-functioning agile shops doing acceptance-test driven development often had […]

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CYA’s don’t

John McConda posted to the Software-Testing Yahoo Group yesterday, asking if it made sense to get rid of a test suite that took 2 people full time to maintain – yet never, ever, found a single bug, since he had been hired six months before. This is my reply: John McConda:>I feel like the suite […]

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