I’ve been asked the question above a couple of times lately, along with “why should we engage one?” – here’s my answer in a nutshell. An Agile Coach is akin to the coach of a sports team.   They don’t play on the field (generally the coach is not a member of the delivery team) but need to completely…
In a recent blog from the very active NZ Testing Community, I read about training and certification being treated as the same thing. This made me realise that there are some very general confusions in our industry around this. I am hoping to clear some of them up. To me, there is a huge difference…
Eye exams these days have changed a lot since I started going to an eye doctor at a very young age. I remember visiting an old ophthalmologist who ran a very comprehensive and manual set of tests on my eyes. It took over an hour, probably closer to two! Back then, I was not a child to sit quietly…
At STANZ 2013 this coming August guest speaker Robert Sabourin – adjunct professor of software engineering at McGill University, President and Principle Consultant for Amibug. com, and author of ‘I Am A Bug’ – will be providing a keynote speech on ‘Value Sync’. The following discussion explore…
Lajos Moczar recently posted an article in CIO magazine titled “Why Agile isn’t working” in which he states that “I’ve concluded that Agile has not only failed like other fad methodologies before it but, in fact, is making things worse in IT”.   He goes on to identify ways in which he says Agile i…
I was asked an interesting question the other day – How do websites know they are being accessed by a mobile device? In my mind, it magically happens but in reality, the device sends information over to the webserver in its user agent string (contained in the user-agent http header). This way the…
Iteration Managers” (IMs) and “Scrum Masters” are quickly gaining in popularity with organisations wanting to “go Agile” – but what does “Iteration Management” actually mean?From an Agile trainer and coach’s perspective, Iteration Management is an intriguing topic – some organisations have a whole…
In the previous posts we have discussed how to bid for an Agile project and what to look out for in the early stages of the client engagement process. So let’s move on and discuss how to set the stage for successful delivery by planning for success.  Adaptive PlanningAgile development approache…
It’s interesting to note that the section on specification-based test design techniques went from 2 pages in the 2007 ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst Syllabus to 9 pages in the 2012 Syllabus. The ISTQB have expanded on each of these techniques: Equivalence Partitioning (EP), Boundary Value Analysi…
UAT stands for User Acceptance Testing, and in my opinion the hardest type of testing of all to do!Why is it so hard? Well there are a myriad of reasons and I am going to explain to you why I think that UAT is like testing with all your arms and legs tied tight behind your back!First your right…
In the last part of this blog series, we looked at some of the challenges and potential pitfalls software vendors face when moving to an Agile delivery environment – this next part is now concerned with taking this forward into establishing a product / project vision and project charter to guide…
As Agile methodologies are becoming more popular, many organisations are looking to deliver all projects using incremental and iterative delivery approaches – not least of all those organisations looking to thrive in the highly competitive field of delivering software development services. This i…


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