Sep 122011
 
Getting started with a new agile team

Starting an agile project with a new team provides a great time to reflect on what we take for granted. It offers an opportunity to refocus on what we think is ultimately most important. We anticipate the questions new team members have. We see reservation as they engage teammates who have more experience. We’re ready for the moments they sometimes shut down or defer to others’ “leadership”, even as I hear them making sound observations and assertions, and leading the team in their own way. We watch their pensive expressions [read more…]

Aug 132011
 
Running the QA guantlet?

To borrow from another phrase, “defects happen.” Even six sigma processes are not without defects. By definition, a six sigma [manufacturing] process is one in which 99.99966% of the products manufactured are statistically expected to be free of defects. That amounts to an average of 3.4 defects per million opportunities. We are left to ask how much is reasonable to invest in those last 3.4 defects… It is not the role of QA to prevent defects Over the last couple weeks there has been a great conversation on LinkedIn about [read more…]

Aug 092011
 
I swear I'm gonna turn off Google Analytics...

This post takes a lighthearted and self-deprecating look at analytics and metrics. I will use myself as the first example (not the woman in the picture), because I recently caught myself in a surprising analytics story. I will also get more serious toward the end. As many of you know, I took on a recent project to move my blog to self-hosted WordPress. One thing I learned in this move was how I had slowly become addicted to analytics: How do Page Views (on wordpress.com) change when I posted various kinds [read more…]