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The SPaMCAST 590 features my interview with Nancy Kastl. Nancy and I discussed testing and the future of the testing profession. The future of testing is not cut and dry; in the short run more automation and in the long-term more codeless testing and AI might replace entry-level testers. An eye-opening interview! (more…)

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SPaMCAST 579 features our essay on fear-driven agile hybrids.  Most hybridization issues stem from techniques that conflict with the framework and/or agile principles due to clashes with culture or lack of knowledge. Blindly making changes will never reflect what the environment’s context demands. Expecting to get good results by randomly changing how you work won’t be effective. 

We will also have a visit from Jeremy Berriault from QA Corner.  Jeremy and I talked about frameworks and what should happen if the framework is not helping.  

Contact Jeremy at https://www.berriaultandassociates.com/
Email: Jeremy.Berriault@Berriaultandassociates.com 

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SPaMCAST 572 features our interview with Michael Larsen.  Mr. Larsen and I battled fires, Santa Ana winds, and power cuts to have a great conversation on testability.  Anyone that has participated in delivering software EVER has wrestled with a discussion of whether a story or requirement can be proved.  Michael brings fresh and actionable insights into how to assure testability.  

Michael’s bio

Michael Larsen is a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer with Socialtext/PeopleFluent. Over the past two decades, he has been involved in software testing for a range of products and industries, including network routers & switches, virtual machines, capacitance touch devices, video games, and client/server, distributed database & web applications.

Michael is a Black Belt in the Miagi-Do School of Software Testing, helped start and facilitate the Americas chapter of Weekend Testing, is a former Chair of the Education Special Interest Group with the Association for Software Testing (AST), a lead instructor of the Black Box Software Testing courses through AST, and former Board Member and President of AST.

Michael writes the TESTHEAD blog and can be found on Twitter at @mkltesthead. A list of books, articles, papers, and presentations can be seen at http://www.linkedin.com/in/mkltesthead. (more…)

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SPaMCAST 558 features our essay Story Points – Leave Them, Don’t Love Them.  Story Points are not evil and they may be useful in some circumstances. But like most tools, at some point, they lose focus. They have outlived their usefulness, therefore, I will leave them when at all possible.  

This week, Jeremy Berriault brings his QA Corner to the podcast.  We talked about focus. How much focus is enough and how much is too much? Mr. Berriault has an opinion and stories to back his opinion up.  (more…)

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SPaMCAST 550 features our essay titled, Intertwining Conway’s Law And Agile. Conway’s Law trains a spotlight on how an organization’s structure impacts the product they ship. The “Law” states that the structure of a software product will mimic the structure of the organization that produces the software.  It can (and has) been said that you are shipping the “org structure.” How you are structured therefore is going to impact just how much agile you can achieve.

We also visit the QA Corner with Jeremy Berriault.  Jeremy discusses the differences between test engineers and testers. We also tackle whether every person with the word test in their title should have the ability to code or script. Jeremy’s LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremy-berriault-mba/

I know this is not the show I promoted last week but my guest, Mike Lynn,  is out of pocket this week and wanted to around when the show went live. Not only am I agile, but I am also flexible therefore we are rearranging the lineup!   (more…)

 

I am attending the QAI Quest Conference this week.  This is not my first Quest and I hope it won’t be my last – I am going to augment my Test Driven Development (TDD) class with a robotics twist. Thanks to Jason Huggins for a great keynote on robotics to spark the idea, this is one of the reasons going to conferences is useful. For those that don’t know, Quest is primarily a quality and testing conference put on by the Quality Assurance Institute with smatterings of other related topics. As with all conferences, I am a collector of ideas and people, this week I have noticed a lot of lists being generated. I have captured many of the lists related to the problems people are having implementing agile.  I think even with a day left I can summarize the lists and confirm my summarization and perception based on the conversations I have had during meals and breaks. There are seven common threads test and quality focused personnel experience being agile. (more…)

I am currently at the QAI Quest Conference.  The conference has a heavy quality and testing focus (I am teaching a tutorial, participating as a subject matter expert and giving a talk on agile) – I am enjoying this conference. A session I participated in early this week developed a list of problems leaders were having with leveraging agile. I will mine the list next week. However, for now, I want to consider one issue that I heard several times.  The “silo’ization” of coders and testers. (more…)