notes and rants

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    Twinkle Twinkle, on my way to STAR

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    I’m catching a red-eye tonight to Orlando for the STAR conference . If you’re at the conference, look for a bleary eyed man pecking away on a laptop waiting for check-in time and say hello – it will be me. I have some follow up posts based on the metrics...
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    Playing the room

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    In my role at MS, I get to see a lot of people talk. present and teach to audiences ranging from a few people to hundreds. I’ve seen all ranges of styles and experiences – I’ve seen exciting presentations and boring presentations. Of everything a presenter...
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    Forgetting my job

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    After going to Germany last month, then taking some time to finish up a chapter for the O’Reilly Beautiful Testing compilation – and just before heading to STAR next week, I’ve had a heck of a time keeping up with the part of my life that actually pays...
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    And then there were three

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    Ken Johnston (the HWTSAM author that isn’t me or Bj ) has started his own blog. Ken’s blog will primarily cover issues in testing software plus services, but I’m sure he’ll respond to comments and talk about whatever you’d like if you ask nicely enough...
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    AL (adaptive leadership)

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    I just finished a 2-day course on adaptive leadership (super-abbreviated def: leading through change and ambiguity rather than leading through a technical solution). The gist of the course was to get how AL works, then work through adaptive business challenges...
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    Practical QA reviews HWTSAM

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    Linda Wilkinson has finally posted her review of HWTSAM . Like most of Linda’s blog posts it’s completely on the money – especially her questions (many of which are probably worth a follow up blog post). Read her review here! I’d really love to hear...
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    Perception vs. Reality

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    I was walking through the Heathrow airport a few weeks ago and, as almost always happens to me, I was stuck behind someone in the security line who held the entire line up after waiting until the last minute to take off their coat, unlace and remove their...
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    Metrics Mayhem

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    Buried in the middle of a paper I wrote for the upcoming STAR East conference is this (forgive lack of full context): There’s a funny thing about measuring – if you measure something, it will usually change. You just need to make sure it’s changing for...
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    The HWTSAM bug list (so far)

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    No book on testing would be complete without a bug list. HWTSAM is no exception! Some “book people” call this stuff errata, but let’s just call a bug a bug. There are two distinct types of bugs: Author bugs, and Production bugs. The Author bugs are...
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    April Fools Aftermath

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    Every year, I am surprised that, despite the buildup to “ April Fools Day ”, someone gets duped on just about every prank. The school where my kids go has a parking and drop off issue that’s on the mind of everyone. So much so, that when the weekly newsletter...
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    Prevention via “Please”

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    On nearly half of the international flights I take, something bad happens with software. That’s not as scary as it sounds – I’m talking about the entertainment software that lets we watch edited movies on a 6 inch screen with sound on 2 dollar headphones...
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    The road show is over

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    I’m heading out from a busy 4 days in Munich. I had a wonderful time, and had fun with all of my presentations. The people at Siemens took fantastic care of me. My hosts made sure that I had absolutely everything I needed, and the the audience was...
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    Worst Practices

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    I know several people (not just context-driven folks) who cringe a bit at the concept of "Best Practices". The point of controversy is that practices depend on context. What's "best" for one context may not be a good idea at all in...
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    My March Road show

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    I'm heading off to Munich, Germany (is there another Munich?) later this month. The main point of the trip is to give some presentations at Siemens, but I'll also be stopping by a recent Microsoft acquisition to talk to them a bit about the mother ship...
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    Connecting with the community

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    Every once in a while, a strange idea pops into my head. Occasionally, I actually remember the idea for longer than a few moments. Sometimes I am even sitting at a computer - with my blog editor open when this phenomenon occurs. Of course, this isn't...
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    Terms and other things we can’t agree on

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    I was in a meeting last week where we had a long drawn out discussion of some terms around scenarios, use cases, and design. I knew the ambiguity was there, but watching the conversation unfold reminded me how important a common understanding of terminology...
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    Deep Secrets of Software Metrics

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    As some of you know, I'm giving a talk at STAR East on metrics (specifically, I think it's something to do with choosing ship metrics). My presentation is in the highly coveted "last track session time slot of the conference" slot. Luckily,...
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    HWTSAM on the Microsoft Press blog

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    I almost forgot to mention that I did a guest post (including a lengthy excerpt) over on the Microsoft Press blog. Check it out !
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    Inside HWTSAM – the video Podcasts

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    The other authors and I are putting together a series of video casts to share a little about each chapter in How We Test Software at Microsoft . Here’s Ken and I talking about how the book got its legs: And here’s Ken and I talking about chapter 1.
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    Boulderdash review of HWTSAM

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    This review is a few weeks old (yet still relevant)! Check it out .
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    Pyramid v3

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    For almost as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to go to Egypt. The engineering that went into building the pyramids and temples is incredible – especially considering how long ago these were built. I remember learning in junior high about how advanced...
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    Blog Break

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    It’s time for me to take a long overdue vacation. For the first time in a long tie, I’m taking a no-laptop no-kids vacation to lands far away :}. After I get back (and after I catch up from the inevitable mountain of email), I’ll get back to posting....
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    Another HWTSAM Review

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    The Evil Tester has a review of How We Test Software at Microsoft here . Here's an excerpt. I expected more of a techniques book, instead I got a much more readable and enjoyable description of some of the testing life inside Microsoft. Plenty of stories...
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    Coming up for air

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    You know those times when you have so much to to that you never think you'll get it done?  I remember times like that happening sort of frequently when I actually worked on making software. My current job has been mostly steady over the past few...
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    It's nice to be liked

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    My obsession with monitoring amazon.com sales ranks is backing off a bit (I only check a few times a day now). Sales of the book are slow but steady, but given that it's a niche market, I can't complain. I don't make any money from the book, but I still...
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