Before the bullet points, I want to remind everyone that the 100th episode of AB Testing will be done live (via Zoom) at 8am PDT next Friday (April 12). If you want to listen in or participate, drop me a note (on twitter – @alanpage, in the comments, or email alan at <the domain where this is hosted>.
OK – off to the five interesting things I have to share…
Shhh – I sort of don’t like Scrum. Not because it doesn’t work – for some reason it’s just too easy to do wrong. Nevertheless, I still read a lot about where it works and doesn’t work, and sometimes I find an article that hits a lot of the good points about Scrum on the head. Why most Scrum Masters are destined to fail
If you don’t know me, you may be asking, “if you’re not into Scrum, what’s your deal?” I prefer kanban – it’s simple and focuses on flow. And as usual, someone else described a lot about what I like better than I could have. Running a Kanban Standup Meeting
I often wonder how many people who freak out over the concept of “Test is Dead” ever watched Alberto Savoia’s original talk.
Albert says: “Of the 50,000+ people who saw the video, 90%+ (based on thumbs up/down ratings) got the message. But a small minority focused too much on the title and too little on the message.”
If you’ve understood the nuance behind the statement and the underlying message all along, congratulations. For the rest of you stuck on the three words in the title of his talk over substance and discussion, hopefully this video from Alberto himself will give you something to chew on.
I also just discovered the Better Allies website – it’s full of great resources on creating inclusive communities
Also an old link, but also worth sharing if you haven’t seen it before. Read carefully, but this site is Totes not Amazon
Finally – two Friday’s from now, Brent Jensen and I will record the 100th episode of AB Testing – and we’re doing it live with a (virtual) audience. Ping me on twitter, slack, or email if you’d like to attend. The recording will be 8:00 am Pacific Daylight Time on April 12.
Careful readers may remember that I gave up on Windows almost a year ago. To be fair, this means that my gaming is almost all on Xbox now (and yes – I know more than most people that this is Windows too). Anyway – here’s the truth about gaming on linux
I’m still reading Scrum Mastery by Geoff Watts, but came across this paragraph that I’m sure seems relevant to my line of thinking. “Similarly, I have met many who believe that you have to have a special mindset to be a good tester. Developers, they say, are a different breed. As such, they can’t be trusted to test. Again, this nonsensical point of view is almost certainly going to become self-fulfilling. The more that developers are not trusted to test, the more they will be unable to test and the more they will shirk the responsibility of writing good code.“
I shared this article (along with some commentary) about feedback.
I’m still reading Scrum Mastery by Geoff Watts. Here’s a quote from that book on organizational change
“Transforming a team, let alone an entire organisation, from the principles of command and control to those based on servant-leadership, from plans based on prediction to plans based on empirical, evolutionary data requires both patience and tenacity.”
I had a fantastic week skiing in Whistler, BC. Heading home today, but still have a few things to share.
Don’t know if I ever mentioned it on this blog, but ~4 years ago, I took the Kolbe A index. It’s yet another how-do-I-work test, but I like this one and think it’s worth checking out. Here’s what it says about me (I’m a 6-3-7-4 for those familiar with the index)
Another week, another random five things I found interesting.
Feedspot.com lists AB Testing in their top 10 software testing podcasts. Although it has “Testing” in the name, my 2019 goal is to get AB Testing into more Agile or Software Development podcast lists.
Joel Montvelisky, who is one of the three AB Testing listeners is on the Radio STP podcast this week and does a great job talking about where testing is going. I’d say this even if Joel didn’t plug the podcast.
In yet-another-podcast-reference, Lisa Crispin makes yet another appearance in my FfF list. She’s on the Legacy Code Rocks podcast talking about Agile Testing and a lot of the approaches I love.
This FfF is slightly later in the day than normal due to the Seattle snow-pocalypse.
I drove my daughter home from an appointment this afternoon. It was snowing, the roads were mostly wet, but it took almost 3 hours to drive twelve miles mostly because people were being stupid. Please, Seattle area readers, read this
On the AB Testing podcast, Brent and I often talk about time as the one resource that you can’t control. I’m still re-reading High Output Management by Andy Grove, and highlighted this quote. Nobody has more time than anyone else. Time comes from decisions. “Remember too that your time is your one finite resource, and when you say “yes” to one thing you are inevitably saying “no” to another.”
Everything is about Docker these days, and I learned a lot from this article on Docker and Security
I spoke at the Heisenbug conference in December 2017. It is an extremely well-organized conference, and it was a lot of fun. Their CFP for a 2018 St Petersberg event is up here