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Test to Put Pressure on Design

In a previous post on test dogma and tradition, I talked about the famous “test pyramid” as an example of what people cling to as means of …

Software Development

A User Story Checklist

For Training, Coaching, and Consulting engagements, please contact me for details on how I can help your organization.<p>Sometimes it's difficult to …

Project Management

How to Know If You Talk Too Much

You may have heard the saying, “When you’re in love, smoke gets in your eyes.” Well when you’re talking, smoke gets in your eyes <i>and</i> ears. Once you’re on a roll, it’s very easy to not notice that you’ve worn out your welcome. You may not even realize that the other person is politely trying to get a …

The Paradox of Workplace Productivity

At its most basic, productivity is the amount of value produced divided by the amount of cost (or time) required to do so. And while this equation seems simple enough on the surface, the strategies for optimizing it have evolved dramatically over the last two decades. Technology has enabled massive …

Employment

Choosing Automated Testing Frameworks - PhantomJS / CasperJS vs Selenium

What is the best way to test in headless browsers? JavaScript testing frameworks such as PhantomJS, Selenium and many others are fighting a colossal …

Can we stop saying we break software?

I cringe every time I talk to a tester and they equate testing to breaking software.<p>It’s diminutive<p>It’s not unusual for developers or other people …

4 Secrets to Managing Your Testing Workflow

Share Take your typical project. New code appears in pieces — the front end is ready, but the API that front end makes request on isn’t even on a …

The 25 Characteristics of a Great Development Team

Recently I wrote an article about the characteristics of a great Product Owner. It gave me the idea to do the same for the Development Team and Scrum …

A Refresher on Regression Analysis

You probably know by now that whenever possible you should be making data-driven decisions at work. But do you know how to parse through all of the data available to you? The good news is that you likely don’t have to do the number crunching yourself (hallelujah!) but you do need to correctly …

Happiness Isn’t the Absence of Negative Feelings

Happiness feels intolerably elusive for many of us. Like fog, you can see it from afar, dense and full of shape. But upon approach, its particles loosen and suddenly it becomes out of reach, even though it’s all around you.<p>We put so much emphasis on the pursuit of happiness, but if you stop and …

Why That Thing You’re Worried or Angry about Right Now Doesn’t Matter

Are you paying attention to what’s really important?<p>This summer, I visited an old friend on her deathbed. Her <i>literal</i> deathbed. The bed she was lying in and waiting to die.<p>It was exactly as awful as you’d imagine.<p>Her bedroom was cool and dark. Soft New Age music was playing, like you might hear in a …

Mind

Quash Your Bad Habits by Knowing What Triggers Them

A client of ours, Jeff*, was the CEO of a high tech, fast growth company and he had a reputation for losing his temper. He once threw a telephone across the room. And a chair. But, mostly, he raised his voice and criticized. Not always — but often.<p>We were at a two-day offsite meeting with his …

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