Friday, September 30, 2011

Agile backlash series...


Agile backlash series: Exploring Agile development problems and solutions

 I think Jan Stafford did a great job on this series.  I don't agree with every opinion from everyone interviewed, but I wouldn't expect to.  I think it's fair, honest, insightful, and (best of all) focuses on experiences, challenges, and ideas about overcoming challenges instead of theory, marketing fluff, and excessive exaggeration.  :)

Of course, I'm always happy when someone is willing to publish quotes of mine like the following excerpts from Why Agile should not marginalize software testers:

"SSQ: You come in frequently to integrate testing into Agile development. What kind of problems do you see organizations having when integrating testing?

Scott Barber: The first thing that I hear about is, ‘What do we need testers for if we’re doing Agile? Isn’t everyone in Agile a generalist?’

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Making Every Test Count

This is from a while back, but I wouldn't call it dated.  It's a webinar, it runs for 48 min.  I like it, for whatever that's worth.  ;)


Do you ever find yourself wondering what the point is to executing this test... again!?!  Have you ever felt like the purpose of a test is to ensure there is a check mark in a particular check box?  Are you ever asked to get *more* information in even less time with even fewer resources than the lst test project you worked on?

In this presentation, Scott Barber will introduce you to a variety of tips and techniques you can apply to virtually any testing you do as you strive to make ever test you execute add value to the project.

Scott Barber
Chief Technologist, PerfTestPlus, Inc.

Co-Author, Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications
Author, Web Load Testing for Dummies
Contributing Author, Beautiful Testing, and How To Reduce the Cost of Testing

"If you can see it in your mind...
     you will find it in your life."

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Candidate Statement for CMG Director

I've been nominated as a director candidate for the CMG. My candidate statement is posted below because my views related to CMG mirror my views for application performance in organizations and the industry as a whole and I believe that is (or, at least, I hope it is) interesting to anyone involved or concerned with challenges related to application performance now and in the future.

If you are a CMG member, I encourage you to review all of the candidate statements and to vote your conscience here.
Remember, if you don't vote, you have no right to complain. ;)

Statement of Willingness to Serve:
I am willing and would consider it an honor to serve as a director for CMG if elected.

Professional Work Experience:
In my nearly 20 years of experience working in software and technology, I have performed the duties associated with virtually all of the commonly thought of roles; from analyst to project management, configuration management to IT support, and developer to CIO. These many experiences coalesced shortly after Y2K into a career focused on helping organizations improve software system performance to enhance user experience and enable smooth growth while avoiding speed, stability, and scalability catastrophes in a fiscally responsible manner.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thoughts on Agile & Agile Testing

This past weekend, I finally made time to start reading Agile Testing: A Practical Guide For Testers And Agile Teams, Lisa Crispin & Janet Gregory, Addison-Wesley (2009).  I made it through the first two chapters before life called me away.  After I put the book down and starting going about accomplishing a mundane series of errands, I realized that I was feeling disappointed and that the disappointment had started growing just a few pages into the book.  Not because of what the book had to say, what it said was pretty good – not exactly how I would have expressed a few things, but thus is the plight of a writer reading what someone else has written on a topic they also care and write about.  What was disappointing me was the fact that the stuff in those chapters needed to be said at all.

You see, as Lisa and Janet were describing what Agile Testing and Testing on Agile Teams was all about, and explaining how it is “different” than “traditional testing”, my first thought was: