Roadmap For The Next (Five) Year(s)

Goals are important. Without a goal – something you plan to do, accomplish, achieve – you can only wander aimlessly. (Or I guess you can always become a sedentary part of the scenery…) Note that this is *not* to say that wandering aimlessly is bad; some of my best finds have been from intentional aimless…

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When To Automate

My team has a goal of 110% automation, but: not every test is worth automating. What’s more, the value in automating a particular test case changes depending where in the product cycle you are. Or as I said in a presentation on this topic:  What should you automate? Everything!  What should you automate when you…

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Signature Strengths

Thanks to one of my blogroll (I forget who and can’t reconstruct) I found the VIA Signature Strengths survey. It says my strengths (in order) are: Self-control and self-regulation. I self-consciously regulate what I feel and what I do. I am a disciplined person. I am in control of my appetites and my emotions, not…

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TheBraidyTester.com

Thanks to the good folks at LogoWorks I now have a logo! I didn’t have any clue what I wanted at first, but I am super happy with the final result. And thanks to Register4Less I now have a ten year lease on TheBraidyTester.com. There’s not much there yet, but I do have links to my…

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My Physical Has Gone Mental

Everybody is different, but trying to deal with and understand and work effectively with five bazillion individuals is rather a hard task. This is one reason people chunk everybody else into endless numbers of categories. One type of category I’ve been reading up on lately is dietary. A quick glance through my local bookstore finds…

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3,500,000 Euros!

I’m participating in Steve Pavlina’s Million Dollar Experiment. So far I’ve made $1.01. (Found it on the sidewalk – a one dollar bill one day and a penny another day.) Maybe I don’t believe really truly in it deep down inside…. And then the following email arrived: FROM THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT.INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION/PRIZE…

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Criss-Cross

One of the areas I’m focusing on these days is cross-feature testing – purposely taking a wide-and-shallow view of Sparkle and using its features in combination. Cross-feature interaction is easy to forget as we beat the life out of each feature on its own, but any experienced tester knows that that interaction is where the…

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I Don’t Care – But I Do

We have recently started planning Sparkle’s end game: what it’s going to take to ship this puppy. (Please don’t take this to mean we are anywhere near to shipping, because we aren’t.) If you have never shipped a commercial software product, you probably don’t realize just how complicated and involved it is. (I sure didn’t!)…

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$1,000,000

What would you do with one million dollars? Pay off my mortgage, buy some toys, invest for the future, travel – all this and more is coming my way just because I intend it to. Join Steve Pavlina’s Million Dollar Experiment and it will come your way too.

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Let Go Your Fear

I have been working on a presentation on our automation stack for many months now. I’m finally to the point where all that’s left is to practice, practice, practice. Following the Beyond Bullets approach I have spent a lot of time getting the speaker notes just right as they form the offline version of the…

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