• .NET Testing & ALM

    The Lure of Specialization

    Everyone knows that developers can’t test! Let’s face it – testers should only test. Developers should only develop as they have no clue what test cases look like and can’t be bothered with such mundane and trivial work. Asking a developer to test or to write documentation is like asking Leonardo da Vinci to build his own canvases and clean his own paint brushes. We need business analysts to tell developers exactly what we need to be developed using very detailed models and specifications (I mean.. developers understand code… they need to explicit instructions so that they know how to ...
    October 13, 2011
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    Challenges of Adopting Agile - Q&A Panel

    I’m pretty excited about an upcoming event I’m taking part in  - it’s actually going to be a Q&A panel where myself, Steve Porter, and Phil Japikse will be discussing some of the most difficult aspects of Agile adoption.
    August 10, 2011
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    Thoughts on Agile User Stories and High Bandwidth Communication

    I like agile user stories. They make sense to me. 15 years ago – I wrote a lot of “Use Cases”. As use cases seemed to have some components I liked – they frightened and intimidated me - I found that as use cases would gradually become more complicated and cumbersome to write – I spent all my time writing, debugging, and maintaining them – yet, I found I was still not communicating with my customer or my development team very well. Quality didn’t improve. We still were at risk of building the wrong product. Agile User ...
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    Self-Organizing Teams Focus on Learning

    Most Agile texts/guidance/speakers (including myself) stress the creation and sustainment of self-organized teams. What does this mean? Is this possible? Can this ever be achieved? I’ve seen many teams evolve to Agile teams over the years. I must say, Team organization and Team management (especially self-organized teams) is quite difficult and absolutely the single most important aspect of success. The teams that I’ve seen succeed have a few characteristics that are in common.“… learning is key to having a self-organized team” First, there is usually a really great Scrum Master/Agile Coach involved at the beginning of a good self-organizing ...
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    How can we commit if we don’t have all requirements?

    I get asked this a lot.  Project Managers are asked to provide full project plans and are asked to commit to this plan.  In order for Project Managers to feel good about this, we try to get all of the requirements up front.  This allows them to derive a schedule and a cost for developing these requirements.  This makes perfect sense right?  If that’s the case, how in the world can an Agile team commit to a project that has a fixed cost and schedule?  Here is the assumption – if we figure out the requirements – we can derive ...