On Management And Metrics

Speaking of Management: Peter DruckerPeter Drucker analyzed how General Motors was run in the 1940’s, essentially defining management as a term. He wrote a number of books, published an incredible number of articles in the Harvard Business Review, and has a Graduate School of Management named in his honor. More importantly, Drucker defined the term […]

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Four Testing Strategies

I’ve spent a good deal of time lately thinking about how we frame the problem of software testing – and how we solve it. It impacts how we see the world, and how we treat each other. Over the weekend, I came up with four fundamental strategies in software testing, which I considered writing up […]

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GQM – Yellow Brick Road – II

This is the best response I have read to my earlier GQM Request. It is from James Bach, Originally posted on the Software-Testing Discussion List. Enjoy:I don’t like GQM. Here’s why: It assumes you have nothing to learn! GQM is appropriate for situations where you understand the precise workings of the system you wish to […]

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Goal Question Metric – The Yellow Brick Road?

I posted this on the software-testing email group yesterday. The replies have been fascinating; but I’m curious what you think: Hello Folks. Many people here have heard my own life stories about programming and testing; how, essentially, I kept getting “patted on the head’ and told that I “Didn’t Get It” because I opposed big […]

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Metrics

I’m overweight. That means: 210 Lbs, 5’11”. Lots of driving, airplanes, lots of coffee, lots of typing (coding, testing, writing), and raising kids will do that to you. Yes, I coach soccer, which is an hour of light exercise a few times a month in-season. I suppose I could look at someone else more overweight […]

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Metrics Madness

A Cautionary Tale Years ago I worked for an established fortune 500 company. At the beginning of each year, executives set goals by which they would be evaluated. These objectives were numerical and SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Boxed. In order to make sure that the person didn’t do long-term damage to meet […]

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Agile Metrics

Someone on the Agile-Testing list asked about test metrics for his SEI/CMM compliance effort. Here’s my reply: I have one graph, which is a stacked-line graph. On the X axis I have time. On the Y axis I have deliverables. Each deliverable has phases – need requirements, in dev, in software engineering test, in customer […]

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Metrics Madness – II

UPDATE: Mark Waite is quick to point out this article by Cem Kaner on Metrics Dysfunction, which predates Joel by years. The style of the two articles is very different; Joel uses a little bit of logic, a little bit of generalization, some common sense and emotion to make his point, where Dr. Kaner wrote […]

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