- I’m still reading Scrum Mastery by Geoff
Watts,but came across this paragraph that I’m sure seemsrelevant 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.
- Once again, the Netflix Tech blog has a relevant and good article. How Data Inspires Building a Scalable, Resilient and Secure Cloud Infrastructure
- Also from HBR (sorry for those without a subscription for burning your monthly reads), is this article: The Best Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Ask for Help
- Windows calculator is open source. Not too many insights, I expect. It’s a calculator 🙂
It’s March, and there’s still snow on the ground here in sunny (but cold) Seattle. Here are some things I found this week worth sharing.
- First off – the Unity blog has a nice article on the recent Unity Quality Week
- Here is a sensible article on measuring productivity in organizations
- Kim Scott (Radical Candor) showed up in an interview this week – it’s fantastic
- I sound like a broken record, but limiting your in-progress work is a very good thing
- 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)
- This is…scary. Google Says Spectre And Meltdown Are Too Difficult To Fix
- I’m always a fan of good articles on Systems Thinking – Habits of a Systems Thinker
- I’m currently reading Scrum Mastery: From Good To Great Servant-Leadership. It’s not just about being a scum master – 95% of the topics in the book are essential for all leaders.
- This came in on a work slack channel and I found it …disturbing (but worth sharing) – Chicken and Waffles Flavored Honey Bunches of Oats Coming to Walmart
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
FfFlist. She’s on the Legacy Code Rocks podcast talking about Agile Testing and a lot of the approaches I love.
- This is an interesting take on the demise of micro-services – Microsoervices vs The World
- Almost a quarter century ago, I worked on the Windows 95 team. Now, my life has come full circle, as I can now run Win95 as an app in Electron
- 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
- Now that’s off my chest, good to see one of my former employees at Unity post this article on Building large scale cloud infrastructure using shared components
- 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. Timecomes 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
It’s the FfF travel edition In the past ten days, I’ve been in Copenhagen, Bastad (Sweden), back to Copenhagen, Montreal, and I’m currently waiting to board a flight from Minneapolis back to Seattle.
- I’m re-reading High Output Management by Andy Grove. So far, it’s as good as I remember.
- I sort of read a lot – so much that sometimes I forget where I read something. I’ve had a good time cross-referencing my book recollections using google Talk to Books. It’s worth bookmarking
- We’re all busy, and we all seem to want more time. This article on time strategies is a good place to remind all of us how to put time back onto our calendar
- A recent FfF included a video on learning Kubernetes. Now that you have the basics, here’s a list of Kubernetes failure stories
- Last but not least, Lisa Crispin is back (in my FfF posts) with an article on ML in Testing
A little late today, but still worth sharing…
- I’m currently re-reading (for at least the fifth time) Jerry Weinberg’s Secret of Consulting. It remains one of the best books I’ve read on leadership.
- A nice summary of what it means to take ownership in software. Ownership explained for Engineers and Managers
- From the “hits too close to home” department, read this summary of a security vulnerability in apt-get
- I don’t think it’s a secret that I thought the review and feedback system at msft was toxic. Granted, it improved a bit, but this article about the same topic at Facebook hit a little too close to home.
- I promise – not an affiliate link, just an honest endorsement. I recently bought a pair of Ten Thousand workout shorts, and they. are. awesome.
Here are five possibly interesting articles I read this week.
- Other than my Xbox, the only Microsoft product I still use regularly is VS Code. While the “super secret” tips in this article aren’t necessarily that secret, they are all really cool and valuable.
- In a similar vein, since my only console windows are Bash shells, this article on Bash commands and tips is also in now in my perma-bookmark list.
- Well shit, this is embarrassing – my bookmarks from the week include yet another list of tips. This article on 10 Tips to Boost Developer Productivity is full of stuff that I’ve seen work.
- A great article on Continuous Team Development
- If you play with Docker, you’ll eventually run into Kubernetes – here’s one of the best overviews I’ve seen. Kubernetes in 5 Minutes
Here are five things I found interesting this week.
- Ministry of Test called out my talk at TestBash in their Top Ten list of TestBash talks 2018
- But something even cooler from Ministry of Test is that they’ve crowdsourced their conference abstract reviews. I’ve already reviewed a few dozen, and think it’s a fantastic idea to connect proposals with attendee interests
- I’ve been thinking a lot about decisions lately – reading Farsight led me to re-read parts of Decisive (Heath & Heath). I also found this concise article on Dealing with Decision Fatigue
- Also short and concise are these Ten Tips for Becoming a Better Leader
- And finally, a few links within a link. I came across this link of Top Test Automation Tools, and along with things I’ve previously recommended like Testim and Browserstack, I learned about two new (and potentially interesting) tools – Ghost Inspector and Endtest)
Happy New Year everyone. I took some time off for the holidays, and it was glorious. While I managed to stay away from my computer most of the time, I did get a reasonable amount of Xbox and Netflix time in, so I didn’t neglect the screen in any way.
But I’m back to reading stuff on the web, and here’s what I’ve found interesting recently.
- I (and many others) mentioned a recent Event Stream package issue. There is a fantastic (and deep) analysis here – STAMPing on event-stream.
- There’s a wonderful interview with Lisa Crispin on the I.T. Energizer blog (I’d say this even if Lisa didn’t give Brent and
- This is almost an Onion title – but it’s true: The good news: Windows 10 Sandbox is here for testing. Bad news: Microsoft has already broken it.
- There are so many books I want to read. There are at least as many books I’ve already read that I want to re-read. Near the top of my re-read list is Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline. I came across this snippet referring to it – it’s a nice (and short) piece about Peter Senge on Leadership Development.
- I wrote an article for CIO Review on the ancient topic of The Cost of Software Testing (spoiler – it doesn’t have to be a cost)