George Dinwiddie shared a Tweet last week that really caught my attention:
As an experiment, I decided to take a copy of the original article and perform a find & replace on the keywords “counselor” & “therapist” with the keywords “coach” & “consultant”.
I took this idea from Jerry Weinberg who did the same by replacing “structured” with “agile”
I’m interested to see how this experiment pans out – my hypothesis is that at least 80% of the statements will still make sense in the context of organisations…
Continue reading “Questionable Therapy & Counseling Applied to Organisational Coaches”
In conjunction with Launch22 as a venue, I’m starting to run public courses through my company Testagility.
This is a new direction for me, so it’s experimentation all the way!
Continue reading “Testagility Courses Starting To Come Online”
Cucumber is not a testing tool. I know this.
One of the big noises I make about Cucumber is that it is not a testing tool, it is a tool to help collaboration, discussion of requirements & generate living documentation.
How then did I fall into the trap of trying to use Cucumber as an automated testing tool?
Continue reading “I fell Into The Cucumber Trap”
And finally we come to the end of this exploration into the Testing Matrix, so what have I learned?
Continue reading “Dissecting The Testing Quadrants – Wrap Up”
This post outlines some examples of how I’m currently using our current incarnation of the test matrix
Continue reading “Dissecting The Testing Quadrants – Some Examples”
Whilst digging into the test matrix / agile quadrants, I’ve come across several different representations of the model.
This post is a collection of some of those representations (in chronological order as far as I can tell).
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I have just finished some fantastic Ruby & Cucumber training with the most affable Chris Parsons.
There are some definite lessons to be learned (other than writing Cukes with Ruby)…
Continue reading “Cucumber Stuffed Ruby”
This is the 3rd in a series of posts where I dig into the Agile Testing Quadrants after a coaching session I had with James Bach. This post focuses on the left & right sides of the matrix; the columns.
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In our team, I noticed the way we were speaking & the words we were using sounded as if we were trying to influence others of our thoughts & ideas.
Sometimes this made me feel uncomfortable, especially when the recipient didn’t realise they were being influenced (or didn’t know what to do about it) & consequently their opinion was altered as a result of the language used, not merely the content.
(Parental Advisory – explicit content)
Continue reading “No Swearing please, we’re Developers”
This is the first post attempting to document some of the conversation James Bach & I had whilst trying to determine what my understanding of the Agile test quadrants actually was.
This post is a WIP as I’m sure I’ll be updating it as I walk through each of the quadrants & work with some of the different ideas & terminology we discussed.
Continue reading “Dissecting The Testing Quadrants – Rectangles”
So a change in family circumstances has me available for a new role sooner than I was expecting. This a short post about how I might be able to help with your testing needs.
Continue reading “Available For A New Challenge”
I’m a fan of the (Agile) Testing Quadrants, first described by Brian Marick back in 2003 as a matrix & later popularised by Lisa Crispin & Janet Gregory.
James Bach helped me to break down the quadrants in order to get a deeper understanding of what each quadrant meant. It was during this conversation I realised I had a very shallow understanding of the model & I was effectively diluting (& even twisting?!) the message the quadrants were trying to get across.
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As you may be aware, I follow certain testing folks in the Context Driven community. Some of these Testers are members of the Miagi-Do School of Software Testing.
I have read & heard about this Miagi-Do school for a while – I knew I had to complete a challenge to ‘gain entry’ in order to prove my worth, but I had never got round to following up on how I go about receiving a challenge.
Now, largely due to a post from David Greenlees, I got my ass into gear & contacted the Miagi-Do school for a challenge!
Continue reading “Miagi-Do challenge from Matt Heusser – Critical Thinking”
What better way to guage your learning than to have a chat with someone who knows (& has proved they know!) what they’re talking about.
This was the tone of the Skype coaching session I was fortunate to have with Anne-Marie Charret (AM) the other week (apologies in getting round to blog about it!)
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I had originally proposed a hypothesis about James Bach & his Testers Commitments in my previous post & the only way I could think of proving or disproving it was to ask him in person (well, over Skype at least!)
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2012 has been manic for me so I haven’t been able to blog as much I’d like to. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking of ideas.
These ideas have been racking up, so I thought I’d bang them into a post so I don’t forget. Also, writing them down means I’m committed to seeing them through!
Continue reading “Coming Up…”
James Bach wrote a very interesting blog post on what he sees as a Testers commitment when working with Programmers.
The post was written in the form of an open letter and had some great points, but there were a few I couldn’t get my head around.
Continue reading “My response to A Testers Commitments from James Bach”
I was having a discussion with SimonK over on Software Testing Clubs forum in a thread regarding education in testing & where you spend your buck in doing it.
Continue reading “RST – Would Michael or James attend their course if they weren’t running it?”
So, our current Iteration Manager, John McFadyen, got us to try the Marshmallow Challenge in a team building session.
Continue reading “The Marshmallow Challenge”