Technical Debt – Workshop

I am pleased to announce the first Workshop On Technical Debt (WOTD) will be held August 14/15 on the Campus of Calvin College in West Michigan. The event is organized by Mr. Steve Poling and myself, and will be facilitated by Mike Kelly, president of the Association for Software Testing. We will hold a social […]

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Software Testing Skills – II

My last post was the quick, fast, off-the-cuff sort of answer I give to a mailing list on my lunch hour. Paul Carvalho has actually taken time to do a more studied and considered introduction – here. Although he is coming from a different starting place, I think he’s got some very good stuff there. […]

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Post to the XP Discussion List

I just posted this to the ExtremeProgramming List; I thought it was worth sharing … >Fortunately I think this is changing rapidly, and there is a growing>body of experience on how to apply UCDish methods agilly to help with>the “Buiding the Right Thing” part. Heh. I know what you mean. It seems to be that […]

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HP Culture, Circa 1976

Wozniak:”No, I’m never going to leave Hewlett-Packard. It’s my job for life. It’s the best company because it’s so good to engineers.” It really treated us like we were a community and family, and everyone cared about everyone else. Engineers—bottom of the org chart people—could come up with the ideas that would be the next […]

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Certifiable – III

I am drafting a reply to the agile-leadership group, but posting it here first. Several people (including me), asked what problem certification solves, or who the “customer” is for the certification. To which Alistair Cockburn replied: Back in message 416 or thereabouts I wrote: “In both cases, the market is so hungry for an agile […]

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Measuring Project Health

I’ve been known to say that explaining a single idea so well that it can’t be misunderstood takes me about 1,000 words. Well, yesterday, on the context-driven testing yahoo group, someone asked for sample software metrics, and, short on time, I quipped off a quick three or four sentence reply. And, of course, I wrote […]

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Craft Appreciation

An article on Art Appreciation that is really about Craft Appreciation and skill building – from From Paul Graham: What counts as a trick? Roughly, it’s something done with contempt for the audience. For example, the guys designing Ferraris in the 1950s were probably designing cars that they themselves admired. Whereas I suspect over at […]

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Certifiable – II

Another post, this one to the agile-management list … Ron Jeffries Wrote:A leadership certification, one would imagine, would perforce be far less specific and far more general, but just as likely to be interpreted as indicating that the certificate holder is qualified, surely more qualified than her colleagues around her who do not hold the […]

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Certifiable?

The Agile Project Leadership Network is working on a certificate program in Agile Leadership. This has been discussed a bit on the Agile Leadership Yahoo group. I just emailed a reply and thought I would share it here .. Ron “The Don” Jeffries Wrote:>But rightly so. My lack of comments on the topic should be […]

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