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36 Testing Heuristics
I was able to see James Bach at STANZ  2009 and one of his slides REALLY stood out. He called it the Thirty-Six Testing Heuristics, and he uses it as checklist or reminder of the key things that need to be considered in testing anything. Sounds good huh? Well here we go: cidtestdsfdpotcrusspicstmplfdsfscura Everyone got that? Any problems understanding? LOL – it is just a quick way of listing the…

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More on Agile 2009
The conference theme was “Making Agile Real” and I came away with the strong feeling that Agile is THE way of working in Information Technology today.   The conference tackled some of the significant challenges facing the Agile movement as we move from “small teams in small rooms tackling small projects” to organisation-wide adoption across industries from government to manufacturing to financial…

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Leverage differences
Another good day in Chicago, which feel more like Wellington every day – today it’s windy and raining. This morning’s first session was Diana Larson and Sharon Buckmaster dealing with brain science, gender differences and working together effectively in teams.   They presented an overview of current thinking in three areas: Social Neuroscience Positive Psychology Imagine Science (and what it tell…

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An Agile Tuesday
Today was a good day at the conference.   It started with the Keynote by Alistair Cockburn, in which he “came to bury Agile, not to praise it” – adapting Shakespear’s words to poignant effect.   The thrust of his talk is that it is time to get past Agile as a separate movement, the good practices that make up the various agile techniques are just that – good practices which form the craft of…

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If it’s Monday this must be Chicago
Hi from the (other) Windy City.   I have had the weekend to recover from the travel shock (AKA jetlag) and see some of this great city.   Chicago is a really beautiful city – fascinating architecture and very friendly people. To work you say – we don’t want to hear about your travels! Day one of the Agile 2009 conference was great.   I attended two sessions: Workflow is Orthoginal to Schedule by…

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“Agile” Is much more than a software development process
I’m not at all sure that I know what Agile / Agility is.   I think it has its roots in software development approaches including Extreme Programming, which I think I first heard about more than a decade ago.   Does anyone remember the even older RAD or RIP or JAD from the 1980s?  The idea, then, was to use a collaborative, non-bureaucratic, approach to quickly produce software that was seen a…

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