Process over People – I

More testing challenge /today/. This sidebar will not continue to interrupt our regular broadcast. That said … BY THE WAY: If you’ve been reading Creative Chaos for long, you know that I struggle with the over-value-ification of prescriptive process. I’ve published articles on it and blogged on it extensively. Then, every now and again, someone […]

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Barriers to Agile Adoption

I just posted this to the agile-testing list; I thought it was worth sharing. More test challenge to come! //Begin PostI have seen many organizations try to embrace agile, compromise, and fail. ( See “Big Agile Up Front“) That’s not a failure in Agile; it’s something like what /I suspect/ Ron would call “We tried […]

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Sidebar –

Before finishing off the test challenge – The December Issue of Software Test & Performance Magazine is out. The theme is on test automation, and our monthly column is on fundamental issues in test automation. IT’s on page seven; you can download a free PDF here or subscribe here to the print edition. If you […]

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New Testing Challenge – III

I addressed some clarifying questions yesterday, but I thought of another one: What kind of answer are you looking for? Most of the answers we’ve had so far have been comprehensive – “here are all the test cases I would run.” Those tend to take a very long time to do, and several people have […]

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New Testing Challenge – II

Have you ever played pac-man? In pac-man, there is a simple, ostensible game: Eat the dots before any of the ghosts get you. However, there is a hidden game – a game-within-the-game – that is – figure out what makes the ghosts change direction. If you can do that, you can ‘trick’ the ghosts into […]

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A New Testing Challenge

I’ve been spending a good deal of time lately thinking about the cognitive process of testing: What makes a good test case? How do we “know” that the software is fit for use? And why is that an area of such little interest in many test communities? One thing that can help are examples that […]

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Life is production issues

I do want to explore quality, and uncertainty, and ROI. For that matter, here’s a story I’d like to explore: On November 7th, we ate at Pizza Hut, and I had a problem with the boneless wings, in that they did not have any sauce on them. That’s right: Regular Buffalo wings have sauce; Boneless […]

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What do you want to read next?

Folks, I’ve got a ton of ideas to take Creative Chaos. I’ve been spending more and more time lately involved in discussions of KanBan – which is an evolving method that is slowly competing with Scrum. I could write about the aspects of software quality that are hard to define requirements for – scalability, performance, […]

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More insight from Joel Spolsky

Then suddenly I noticed (shock!) that not only was the author a journalist, not a scientist, but he was actually an editor at Time Magazine, which has an editorial method in which editors write stories based on notes submitted by reporters (the reporters don’t write their own stories), so it’s practically designed to get everything […]

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The Decline and Fall of Agile

Jim Shore recently wrote a thoughtful piece “The Decline And Fall of Agile.” There is a good point-counterpoint discussion on InfoQ.com. This isn’t a big shock to me; I wrote “Has Agile Jumped the Shark” Part One and Two in December of 2006; it even got a little write up on InfoQ.com back then. But […]

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