Yearly Archives: 2012

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Why I won’t be buying any more technical books on my Kindle

When the Kindle first came on the market I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I, like many of you no doubt, have an attic heaving with technical tomes, many only half read, mostly out of date. I imagined the incredible lightness of being able to walk...
By |December 5th, 2012|Uncategorized|2 Comments

The Casablanca school of project management

Tim Lister gave a keynote at ACCU 2012 where he showcased a few of the patterns from his book "Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies". He invited conference delegates to create their own project management patterns, which he would judge before t...
By |November 26th, 2012|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Principles of unit testing

I was paging through the current version of Emily Bache's new LeanPub book “The Coding |Dojo Handbook” when I came across her chapter on Principles for Agile Automated Test Design. I read it with interest, because last Saturday I gave my first air...
By |November 21st, 2012|Uncategorized|2 Comments

The software house and the farmer’s market

The “Not Invented Here” (NIH) syndrome has been around forever, in all sorts of domains. For those of you that have somehow missed it, it simply describes the predisposition to favour local implementations of functionality that are already availab...
By |November 9th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Cyber Dojo with Cucumber JVM

Last week I spent a fun night working on Cyber-Dojo with Jon Jagger. If you haven't heard of Jon's Cyber-Dojo yet, then I encourage you to head on over to www.cyber-dojo.com and have a play. In a nutshell, Cyber-Dojo provides a platform within whi...
By |November 8th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Normality enforcement and the annual performance review

How valuable are you? That's a question that many large organisations ask about their employees every year in the ritual of the performance review. If they asked the question honestly that might be alright, but many of them impose unjustifiable as...
By |October 30th, 2012|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Emperor’s new test automation tool – a modern fable

TL;DR; If you thought you could cure all your manual testing woes by simply buying a tool and some consultancy, think again. [All entities in this piece, corporate or corporeal, are entirely fictional – any likenesses to reality are entirely coinc...
By |October 10th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tedium or interest? The choice is yours.

During his excellent software craftsmanship session at Lean Agile Scotland, Sandro Mancuso made an analogy between software maintenance and gardening. A garden needs constant attention – lawns need cut; flower beds need weeded; old and diseased pl...
By |September 25th, 2012|Uncategorized|1 Comment

(Half) bake yourself an agile process

In his session at Lean Agile Scotland today, Matt Wynne drew a parallel between cargo cult adoption of agile and the Shu phase of Shu Ha Ri learning, and suggested that this might be OK as long as the adopters didn't get stuck there. I've been mul...
By |September 22nd, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can you really have too many tests?

I've been working with an old-school client who operates the classic dev team/test team model. The dev team has become test-infected over the past 5 years, writing all flavours of automated test, from unit through to full blown story tests, with J...
By |September 4th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments