In the UK the nights and the mornings are now dark – or simply put – winter is hear.
I love winter.
I love the cold, crisp, winter walks and the loving warm house to return to.
I get lots of enquiries from founders of start-ups who reach a certain growth point where they really need to start taking control of the quality of the work being produced. Their companies seem to reach a size and market growth where the focus on quality becomes a priority.
This is usually about the time when I get a call or an email and get posed the typical next two questions:
“How do I go about starting a new test function?”
“Where do I find a good Test Manager?”
Goal Setting towards agile
“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there” Yogi Berra
Everytime I get asked how to implement agile in a team I ask a simple clarifying question back.
The answer to this question is often not very forthcoming. There is often no concrete reason. There is often no tangible benefit for moving the organisation or team to an agile or rapid delivery way of working.
What do you do when hiring managers are looking for a set of skills you don’t have but you sorely want? You learn.
I see this situation played over and over again. The market is shifting and a new tool or technique is the next biggest standout skill or experience hiring managers are looking for, yet you don’t have that skill. What’s worse is that you can’t get an opportunity to learn that skill in a workplace because you don’t already have it…..a Catch 22 situation.
I get lots of questions from people who want to initiate change in an organisation that doesn’t want to change.
It’s a very common question as many employees find themselves working in a culture that sees change as something that is scary and to be avoided at all cost, or simply not required.
At EuroSTAR 2014 I delivered one of the Keynotes and it was about our time when we were moving to weekly releases.
It focused around how our testing changed, how we made the change and how we relied, and still rely, on lots of data to make releasing as safe as possible for our customers.
I’ll never forget the sadness that was conveyed in Cheryll’s words as she politely, but carefully, rejected what would be my very last submission to a popular testing magazine. Me and Cheryll had history. I’d submitted 10 articles to the magazine, and 10 times she had sent me the rejection email.
It wasn’t her rejected me, it was the editor, but she knew my pain. She was the messenger.
A perennial question I get asked is how do you measure the effectiveness of a tester?
I respond with “Why do you want to measure the effectiveness of the testers in your team?”
I do this to try and understand the motives behind why measures of individual’s performance are important to managers (as it’s typically managers that ask me that).
Two Perspectives on Work Habits
Or: What we Can Learn from Understanding the Differences Between How We See Ourselves and How Others See Us
Recently, a colleague sent round a link to an excellent blog post by Tim Urban about Why Procrastinators Procrastinate.
Last week I published my first book on Amazon – Remaining Relevant
It was a great sense of achievement. I learned a lot about the self publishing industry and I learned a lot about myself. I never realised quite how hard it would be to take a book from idea to published.
This post outlines 9 Steps to publishing a book on Amazon Kindle.