“Bug Statistics Are a Waste of Time”

I was pleased to learn that my StarEast talk on an agile approach to defect management generated more discussion on the topic at the conference. Please read Gojko Adzic’s new post “Bug statistics are a waste of time” – it shatters a lot of illusions that organizations treasure about defect tracking and bug metrics.

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The Whole Team Approach in Practice

I’ve just been struggling with a title for this post. Some of my ideas were: “Visibility Taken to New Heights”, “Yes, There Are Teams Who Do This Just Like In the Books”, “A Real Commitment to Continual Improvement”, “Inspiration”, but none of them really capture my amazement at what I saw visiting the team at […]

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CodeRetreat Boulder: A Tester’s Experience

This past Saturday I was fortunate to be one of the 60 people enrolled for the largest Code Retreat ever, Code Retreat Boulder, facilitated by Corey Haines and Chad Fowler, organized by Prakash Murthy. This was my first Code Retreat, though I’ve worked on teams practicing TDD, pair programming, and good design practices for more […]

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Teamwork & Making Good Choices

Agile is pretty mainstream now, but some folks still aren’t sure what testers do. In addition, the “Whole Team” approach to quality and the idea that testing and coding aren’t separate phases still mystifies some people. I think my team’s activities the past two days are a good illustration of how agile teams work together […]

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Oh, Look, That Does Work!

My team creates software to manage 401(k) retirement plans. Back in 2006, the U.S. Congress passed legislation allowing Roth contributions in 401(k) plans. Plan participants can elect to pay taxes on their retirement deferrals up front, rather than the usual tax-deferred 401(k) contributions. Then, when they retire and withdraw their savings, they don’t have to […]

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