Forgetting my job

After going to Germany last month, then taking some time to finish up a chapter for the O’Reilly Beautiful Testing compilation – and just before heading to STAR next week, I’ve had a heck of a time keeping up with the part of my life that actually pays bills. Since I don’t do anything terribly…

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And then there were three

Ken Johnston (the HWTSAM author that isn’t me or Bj) has started his own blog. Ken’s blog will primarily cover issues in testing software plus services, but I’m sure he’ll respond to comments and talk about whatever you’d like if you ask nicely enough. His blog is here – http://blogs.msdn.com/kenj.

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AL (adaptive leadership)

I just finished a 2-day course on adaptive leadership (super-abbreviated def: leading through change and ambiguity rather than leading through a technical solution). The gist of the course was to get how AL works, then work through adaptive business challenges in peer groups.There was a bunch of other stuff in there to help drive the…

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Practical QA reviews HWTSAM

Linda Wilkinson has finally posted her review of HWTSAM. Like most of Linda’s blog posts it’s completely on the money – especially her questions (many of which are probably worth a follow up blog post). Read her review here! I’d really love to hear what more of you think about the book. Keep those blog…

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Perception vs. Reality

I was walking through the Heathrow airport a few weeks ago and, as almost always happens to me, I was stuck behind someone in the security line who held the entire line up after waiting until the last minute to take off their coat, unlace and remove their monstrous boots – then unzipped their (probably-a-bit-too-large)…

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Metrics Mayhem

Buried in the middle of a paper I wrote for the upcoming STAR East conference is this (forgive lack of full context): There’s a funny thing about measuring – if you measure something, it will usually change. You just need to make sure it’s changing for the right reasons. If you choose to measure something…

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The HWTSAM bug list (so far)

No book on testing would be complete without a bug list. HWTSAM is no exception! Some “book people” call this stuff errata, but let’s just call a bug a bug. There are two distinct types of bugs: Author bugs, and Production bugs. The Author bugs are those where we, as authors, made mistakes. The Production…

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April Fools Aftermath

Every year, I am surprised that, despite the buildup to “April Fools Day”, someone gets duped on just about every prank. The school where my kids go has a parking and drop off issue that’s on the mind of everyone. So much so, that when the weekly newsletter was delivered (“accidentally” a day later than…

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