notes and rants

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May, 2008

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    Test Estimation

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    I just read a post from Shrini on test estimation , and it triggered a thought that was tangential enough that I thought it made sense to try to capture it here rather than as a reply to Shrini. Numerous writings exist on estimation for programmers...
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    Working Together

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    The Engineering Excellence group recently remodeled their office space to include “Team Rooms” for each of the discipline focused “Excellence” groups. Microsoft’s policy of supplying individual offices to engineers is well...
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    Test to Developer ratios - you're probably doing it wrong

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    I haven't actually posted about testing for a while, so I thought I'd pull up something from the drafts folder and finish it. I would bet that just about any testing forum contains at least one question or discussion on test to developer ratios. Microsoft...
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    The power of feedback

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    Yeah - I know.  Of course feedback is important. We've read the studies that say you should say 3 positive things for every negative thing, and keep people updated because it's bad to surprise people at performance review time. Today I was thinking...
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    Apparently, I have a double

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    I finally received my feedback from the futuretest conference. When I get feedback from a talk or class, I usually take about 3 seconds to look at the overall numbers, then start reading the comments. The numbers are nice, but I find the comments to be...
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    James Whittaker on software testing

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    A channel 9 interview with James Whittaker is now available on channel9. You may know James from his “How to break software…” series of books. He’s been at MS for a year or two (after 10 years at FIT) and has recently moved to the team that makes Visual...
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    My boss is a moron (and other stuff you really shouldn’t say)

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    My boss is taking a little bit of heat for his latest blog post . The entire point of his blog is to be provocative, but in my opinion, he didn’t get his intended point across. So, how do you tell your boss that you think he’s stupid? The answer is easy...
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    What is a test architect?

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    Matthew Heusser recently asked What is a software architect anyway ? Matt when on to ask what a test architect does. This question was so good (and the answer so long), that I thought I'd respond here. So, what is a test architect. One answer is that...
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