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  • Blog Post: Scenarios and Underpants Gnomes

    Data driven quality requires a certain kind of thinking. It took me a while to understand the right thought process. I kept getting caught up in the details. What were we building and what would use look like? These are valid questions, but there are more important ones to be asking. Not asking whether...
  • Blog Post: Confirmatory and Experimental Metrics

    As we experiment more using data to understand the quality of our product, the proper use of telemetry becomes more clear. While initially we were enamored with using telemetry to understand whether the product was working as expected, recently it has become clear that there is another, more powerful...
  • Blog Post: The Data Driven Quality Mindset

    "Success is not delivering a feature; success is learning how to solve the customer's problem." - Mark Cook, VP of Products at Kodak I've talked recently about the 4th wave of testing called Data Driven Quality (DDQ). I also elucidated what I believe are the technical prerequisites to achieving...
  • Blog Post: Try.Fail.Learn.Improve

    Try.Fail.Learn.Improve. That has been the signature on my e-mail for the past few months. It is intended to be both enlightening and provocative. It emphasizes that we won't get things right the first time. That it is okay to fail as long as we don't fail repeatedly in the same way. Try.Fail.Learn.Improve...
  • Blog Post: Prerequisites to Data Driven Quality

    A previous post introduced the concept of data driven quality. Moving from traditional, up-front testing to data driven quality is not easy. It is not possible to take just any product and start utilizing this method. In addition to cultural changes, there are several technical requirements on the product...
  • Blog Post: Data Driven Quality

    My last three posts have explained how test lost its way. It evolved from advocates of the user to a highly efficient machine for producing test results, verifying correctness as determined by a specification. Today, test can find itself drowning in a sea of results which aren't correlated with any discernible...
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