The Process is Personal is Political

This year I’ve read three books that follow projects from the perspective of individual contributors, managers, and the business. They are The Goal, The Phoenix Project, and The Soul of a New Machine.The Goal is perhaps the most well-known. It’s a peda…

A Doug Report

A couple of years ago our book club at work read On Testing Non-testable Programs. At the time I idly wondered whether I could use it to make an ontology of oracles but didn’t pursue the idea beyond finding that Doug Hoffman had already provided a cla…

Bear Testing

I got my dad a Bear Grylls book, How to Stay Alive: The Ultimate Survival Guide for Any Situation, last Christmas. He keeps it in the toilet — in case of emergencies, presumably.Flicking through the bright orange volume at the weekend, a section on bei…

Diploadocus Testing

Eric Proegler was in town last week and I asked him if he’d be up for re-running his recent TestBash talk, Continuous Performance Testing, at our office.Good news! he was, and he told us the story of how a lumbering testing dinosaur who watched the agi…

Order, Order!

“Do you have generic strategies for the prioritisation of tasks?” When Iuliana Silvăşan asked the question I realised that I probably did, but I’d never tried to enumerate them. So we went to a  whiteboard for 20 minutes, and we talked a…