New STPCon talk coming up: Create Your Roadmap to Data-Driven Quality

I will once again have the pleasure of speaking at STPCon.   Hope you can make it! 101 :  Create Your Roadmap to Data-Driven Quality Tuesday, 10:30am – 11:45am Track: Test Strategy, Process and Design Bing analyzes Petabytes of data per day. Facebook instruments everything. analyzes web performance for millions of real users. Why? Because…


How NOT to Write for the Software Engineering Community

Pop quiz…. here is an article I recent stumbled upon, which side (pro or con) do you think the author takes? Pros and Cons of Requirements-Based Software Testing For something that is essential, fairly fundamental and seemingly straightforward, requirements-based software testing sure does generate a lot of discussion. Rather than representing opposite extremes of the…


Agile versus Waterfall Videos

The Rise and Fall of Waterfall is a cute video (although with a somewhat annoying soundtrack.. watch with the sound off).  My favorite part of it is the screenshot (seen above) showing the waterfall stages and their respective impacts.  The poor Operations folks at the bottom remind me of Ken Johnston’s quote: Ops beware; unpleasant…


Testing with Real Users – User Interaction and Beyond, with Online Experimentation

My talk at the Better Software Conference was a lot of fun.  It was well received.  If you want to check out the slides, take a look here. Evidence shows than more than half of the ideas that we think will improve the user experience actually fail to do so—and some actually make it worse….


Is Chuck Norris on your software engineering team?

If I need to defeat a group of men terrorizing a circus family, then Chuck Norris is the man to call.  The tough guy, martial artist, action hero has become an internet meme – Chuck Norris Facts attest to the true bad-a**-ness of the one called Chuck.  For example one of my favorites is: There…