Goal Setting towards agile

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. “Why?” The answer to this question is often not very forthcoming.

Word. Search.

Whenever you encounter a new word you’ve never heard before, or a word that you don’t know what it represents then go back to your desk and research it. Do a word search. Find out what it means. Image from Sergis Blog “Sopa de letras” October 29, 2007 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution. A key

Scrum Master Training

Last week we had the very clever peeps from Neuri Consulting in to give us a special one day course on being a scrum master. It was David Evans and Brindusa Gabur that delivered our training, and what a great day it was. We had around 10 people in the course ranging from those with lots of

What can you do with a brick?

Last week one of our team, Simon, ran a really fun session with the whole test team on our Exploratory Testing process. We started by discussing some of the thinking that we’ve identified happens when we plan exploratory testing sessions. We talked through a diagram we created a few years back, and although it’s pretty

Failure Demand

One of the highlight talks from EuroSTAR 2012 was the keynote by John Seddon.   It wasn’t even a testing talk. It was a talk about value, waste and failure demand. The talk was about Vanguard’s (John’s company) work with Aviva Insurance to improve their system to provide value to the customer. It was an

Mixing it up with Personas

We had our team wide sprint demo yesterday where each team presented what they have been working on in the sprint. These meetings are a great opportunity to share and learn about the world outside our immediate teams. In this meeting one team decided to use personas to present their work. It is not the

Are certifications relevant?

I know many readers of my blog would suggest I’m a hater of certifications for Testers. That’s simply not true. Despite my ardent fight against them I am pragmatic enough to realise that getting a job often requires getting a certification. And putting a roof over your head often trumps principles and ideals. I also

How to run a proof of concept

When seeking out new tools to aid your testing I strongly believe in doing a proof of concept. It needn’t be anything heavy weight. In fact, the more concise the better. What is a proof of concept? I use the term “proof of concept” to describe the process of evaluating a tool (or service) for