If you missed the patterns & practices summit….

Ajoy has posted that three of the sessions have been made available online at pnp Summit videos online.  Since one of the three sessions is one that Grigori and I did about the Acceptance Testing Guide, Driving Development with Acceptance Testing, I figured I’d share the information.  The other two sessions are Ade talking about…

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Back from vacation… and a lot has happened in the last week

I took a week off, which was good.  I visited family and spent time relaxing and playing video games. (Fallout3 rocks so far!!).  I got back this morning to hundreds of emails to go through.  After reading almost all of it, there were a few things that happened recently I wanted to share… Here are…

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Acceptance Testing Guide Community Preview 2 Available!

As I have mentioned before in a few posts (Acceptance Test Engineering Guidance, Acceptance Testing Guidance Survey, and Acceptance Testing Guide Update), I am working with a team on guidance around acceptance testing.  We still have a lot of work to do our the guide, but we have made available a second community preview to…

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ScrumBut

I worked on my first XP project with John Boal.  He recently did a post on ScrumBut.  I have mentioned ScrumBut and Scrummerfall before, but this is a good, quick read with a few good tips.  A lot of the concepts carry over to XP as well.   I’ll add something though: Make sure your…

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Acceptance Test Engineering Guidance

As I mentioned before (Acceptance Testing Guidance, Grigori’s Take on the Acceptance Testing Project), I am working on guidance around acceptance testing with Grigori. We now have alive CodePlex site that we can work from: patterns & practices: Acceptance Test Engineering Guidance We will be posting more as we really get ramped up.  We have…

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Acceptance Testing Guidance

On Monday, Grigori and I kicked off a new project: Acceptance Testing Guidance Actually, we kicked off a pre-project planning project. In two to three weeks, we need to decide if there is enough demand for guidance on acceptance testing to warrant a real project, determine the scope of the project, generate a preliminary backlog…

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Data-mining for Code Quality Metrics

I spent two weeks between full time projects (still working on the 2 part time projects I am on) looking back at the build logs from the past 6 months (or so) trying to figure out what metrics we have, what we should track going forward, and what goals we should have for these metrics.  …

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"I need a new co-worker", or "p&p is Hiring"

Peter Provost left p&p a month or two ago*, and Ade Miller is now our Dev Lead.  However, this leaves a gap in the dev team here at p&p, and leaves us with more work than people. If you are a strong developer and love doing agile development, apply for the postion as a Software…

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Front Page of the Seattle Times!

This morning, I was sitting in a local coffee shop, drinking a latte, and I checked my email on my phone since I was expecting a response from someone.  In my inbox was an email from Keith Pleas (the organizer of the p&p Summit) that the Seattle Times online had an article that highlighted p&p. …

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CNN Series on the Future of the Office

A few weeks ago, a film crew from CNN International visited Microsoft to do a segment on how Microsoft is looking at the workplace of the future (Alan talked about it at the time).  They talked to the Workplace Advantage group, the team that helped patterns & practices put together our “Agile Development Center.”  I…

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