Against Systems – II

I’ve been complaining that people like defined systems – even when they stink – because they are easy. In fact, many people don’t even see the idea of craft in software testing, are completely oblivous to it, and view software testing as some clerical role, like counting inventory in a grocery store. So, what I’m […]

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The Age of Reason

I just finished reading Measuring The World which is a wonderful historic novel about the world in the 18th and early 19th century. In many ways, the book explores the death of the Greek mythology and folklore and the beginning of science. Aristotle’s earth/air/water/fire theory is replaced by the periodic table of the elements, Carl […]

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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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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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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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Two Roads in a wood …

(I’m still on haitus from the Agile Jumped the shark. More soon. While I work on it …) From a recent post I made to the agile-testing list … I see two roads diverging in a wood … On one side, we have Frederick W. Taylor, with his goal of a stable, predictable, repeatable process. […]

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I’ve not been welll …

… And will probably continue to be sick. There’s more to come on Agile Jumping the Shark, but it’ll probably later in the weak. Still, in the interim, I wanted to share this. This is from a discussion I had with Cem Kaner a few weeks ago: (Consultant X) is wrong. I’m wrong. Bach is […]

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If you hate it, do more of it

I was talking to Tessa yesterday about the PMP certification, which I am not exactly a big fan of. She reminded me of the old adage ‘if you hate it, do more of it.’ In other words, if you have windows, learn dotNet. If you hate this Ruby/RailsNation thing, give it a try. If testing […]

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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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Why Blog?

So far, I’m obligated for quite a bit … A) I want to describe blue man group, and how that might impact our communcationB) Discuss possible ways to contribute to software development, and then what I plan on doing next (my next big thing)C) I’d like to talk about why I’m blogging, and why you […]

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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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On Leadership

Pollyanna Pixton Asked me how my thoughts on leadership came to be. Here’s a quick braindump: >How did your thoughts evolve? Now _that_ is an interesting question! I spent seven years as a Civil Air Patrol Cadet while also reading the military science and science fiction success literature – especially Robert Heinlein. You can learn […]

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