Starters vs. Closers

I haven’t written a new blog post in a while because my new role has given me new perspective and I am personally learning a lot and organizing my thoughts so I can share them with everyone. One way to describe the change in my role, and what I suspect others have come across, goes…

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Quality First

Whether you are a developer, a tester, or in a combined Software Engineering role, understanding the fundamental thinking behind testing your own code is of significant importance to producing solid, quality services for our customers.  Due to this, I’d like to spend some time directing you to some of my previous blog posts pertaining specifically…

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What’s Your New Currency?

There’s a change spreading across the software engineering landscape.  What you thought you knew about testing and shipping software is changing and it’s time we all get on board.  Some of us older engineers have learned how to ship software in a traditional way similar to the Waterfall methodology.  But the software industry is changing…

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Don’t Show Me Your Ugly Duck Feet!

Picture this, it’s a nice warm summer day and you are relaxing next to a lake.  There is no breeze in the air so the surface of the water is very still and you see a duck.  It floats by, calm and quiet, with just a small V-shaped ripple in the water behind it.  You…

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Experienced to the Level of Obsolete

Some days I just amaze myself.  I can be tired, even exhausted, and not very focused on work.  Still I can go into a work meeting, make a few comments and add a ton of value.  And I can do this again and again and again until I really don’t need to pay much attention…

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A Routine Life is Boring, But Routine Work is Awesome!

What is your routine?  We all have one.  Mostly these exist because there are actions we do every day and we can take the same steps to accomplish them.  For example, driving to work or brushing your teeth.  You can also find routine actions in the work your team does and identifying those can gain…

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Transformers are Leaders, not Toys!

{EAV:fb71307c644189ca} I was recently asked ‘how do you take a team mostly focused on manual testing andturn them into a team that writes solid automation?’.  And as I thought about my answer, I realizedthis doesn’t just apply to testing, but any team that is reforming can followthese same simple steps. I honestly didn’t realize this…

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There’s No Room For Watermelons

I have noticed a problem lately that needs some focus.  I heard a statement that sums it up nicely.  “Don’t be green on the outside and red on the inside.”  Now if this was a joke (What’s green on the outside and red on the inside?”) I can think of a few answers like a…

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More on Playing With Fire

As a continuation from my last blog entry, here are some more thoughts I have about code coverage measurements. ·         Never roll up code coverage data without the interpretation of that data.  Without some text about what your numbers mean, people will draw different conclusions which sometimes will require you to then provide more detail…

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Play with fire, but don’t get burned

Instrumenting your product’s source code to get an indication of how much of the code was covered during testing is a really, really smart measurement to get.  If you aren’t at least measuring this number, you should be.  Visual Studio provides features that continue to make this easier.  What does this have to do with…

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