Lisa and one of her donkeys, Marsela

A 2020 takeaway

I’m not a great one for introspection. I spend my time worrying and fretting about the future, and when I do look back, it’s usually to find fault with what I did or didn’t do! 2020 has been extra challenging for people. Maybe for most people, though I have seen thoughtful people point out that, […]

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Shifting left and right in the continuous DevOps loop

Shifting left & right in our continuous world

Pick up any article or watch any talk on a testing-related topic these days, and you’re bound to see the terms “shift left” and “shift right”. They’re almost a cliché. What do they really mean? Modern software development isn’t supposed to be linear anymore, right? There’s not one point where it starts and another point […]

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Continuous Deployment Pipeline

New Challenges in Continuous Delivery

Continuous delivery and deployment (both abbreviated as “CD”) aren’t new concepts. Jez Humble and David Farley published their Continuous Delivery book ten years ago. Patrick Debois organized the first “DevOpsDays” conference in 2009, and created the #DevOps (also written as devops, devOps and Devops) hashtag. Of course, CD is new to many teams. There are […]

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DeliveryConf 2020

I attended DeliveryConf 2020 in Seattle in January. I had high expectations, given the speaker lineup. It far exceeded my expectations! I took lots of sketch notes and plan to blog more about the many insights I learned. Meanwhile, you can see the presentations, AND listen to the valuable facilitated group discussions with members of […]

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Leading Quality book

Educating executives about quality

“Quality” is like Mom and apple pie. Ask a CTO what level of quality she wants her organization to deliver, and she’ll say something like, “The best possible quality, of course!” But what does that mean? In my experience, most business stakeholders, C-level executives, and even many managers of development organizations have only a vague […]

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continuous testing and learning

Testing Paths

We embrace many testing practices that have been around a few decades now. Exploratory testing didn’t always have that name, but software professionals were practicing it. Personally, I have been automating tests since the early 90s. And, there are always new things that help us delight our customers. Today’s technology gives us access to so […]

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