Category: Agile

The Illusion of Quality Assurance

When I first started testing my role description was Tester. In the numerous years that have rolled by since stumbling into the most satisfying phase of my career, I have been both Tester and QA. My previous role had me labelled Principal QA Analyst,…

#NoEstimates – What it means to me

This is not an expose on #NoEstimates. It is not an appraisal of strengths and weaknesses. There are a bunch of people that write very eloquently on these aspects. It is not a recount of disagreements with those that oppose the hashtag (and how…

Great Unexpectations – When pragmatism met evangelism

I’ve noted in a few of my posts that the company I work for is undergoing a transformation from waterfall to agile operations. The difficulties that lie within that transformation are, well, many. Some I knew were likely, other companies have suffered the same…

Experiment 2 – Business Requirements

Business Requirements Many years ago I was a Business Analyst. I’m not anymore but I still remember the role and how difficult the job can be. I still remember how frustratingly difficult it can be to write good business requirements. I remember how you…

Experiments Part 1 – Mindmaps

I like experiments, I like to try and encourage others to experiment with ideas. There is safety in a properly organised experiment. Test out your theory but limit the downside. Allow yourself to get an understanding of why something worked or failed. Slowly tinker…

Transforming to Agile – Stairway to Heaven – Part the Second

Ok, now it’s time to finish the story. To those that visited and read the first part of this article, thank you. I’ve been surprised and also very happy at the visits this site has had. Sit down, strap in, hang on, the road…

Transforming to Agile – Stairway to Heaven – Part the First

“There’s a lady who’s sure all that glitters is gold And she’s buying a stairway to heaven” If you read my first article you will have some background to this article (along with a number of side musings). My last post promised to delve…

Assumption and Value Impact

Part of my usual lunch time routine at work is to get myself some distance from my pc. I’m not a big fan of  eating at my desk, and not really leaving work to one side for a small while. Many people underestimate the…

Fate Works in Strange Ways – Transformations

Well, here we go, my first blog. I swore, some time ago, that I would not be a blogger. I’m not sure if that makes me selfish or not. Happy to read the thoughts of others, learn from them, but then not give something…

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