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…
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, wa…
While delivering the Business Systems Analysis course today one of the participants asked about the FRUEMP acronym (ISO standard 9126: Functionality, Reliability, Usability, Efficency, Maintainability, Portability) for requirements types – he suggested PERFUMe instead, which brings to mind the…
With the rise in the take-up of the Agile approaches, one of the most common areas of confusion is the changing role of the business analyst.   I feel that the fundamental nature of the role doesn’t change – ensuring the customer voice is heard and business value is protected. The the way we do…
What are the key things that we find are issues for software testing? How can we address these problems? In my experience we usually have a solution to most of the problems – we just need to identify the problems and then we can workshop the solutions! Here is my top 10 problems:1. late delivery of…
Something that came across to me last week when delivering a suite of Agile courses is how high-performance teams emerge.  One day of the course covers the identification of requirements as stories; to help make it real we used two actual projects that the customer is about to start.   They are the…
One of the best articles on project management I’ve come across over the last couple of years is this one from CIO magazine. The author makes some great points about making sure you understand what the project sponsor will measure success by.   He makes the distinction between a project that build…
I agree wholeheartedly with the points raised by several people about the definition of project failure.   I think it is commonsense to cancel a project once it is realised that the business case is poor or unrealisable. A significant question to ask is, “How often is the business case expressed in…
Time after time we see testing referred to as Quality Assurance – indeed I read an article lately that said that the ISTQB definition of testing is essentially quality assurance (IEEE Software July/August 2009 – Reach for Standards, Good Ones by B. Meyer). I find this fascinating as it is one of…
I picked this one up several years at one of Software Education’s  Software Development Conferences.   I think it might have been Steve Mellor who said the worst thing to happen to agile was when it was re-spelt Agile. I think that “agile” (note the small a) is the application of the commonsense…
Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: “With great power comes great responsibility. ” This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I’m Spiderman. As with Peter Parker, I see the same holding true with Agile testing. I was recently delivered a course on Agile testing and I…
Have a look at following two references from CIO magazine. They support my arguments about the importance of using scoping techniques like the Context Diagram and the B5 technique. We should use these techniques, of course as part of understanding the “as is” business, but more importantly as a way…


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