Five for Friday – November 8, 2019

From Sweden this week – I’m attending and speaking at the Oredev conference this week.

Five for Friday – November 1, 2019

I’ve been in a funk this week – too many things I’m interested in, and not enough time to remain interested.

  • My Introduction to Modern Testing course is available on the Ministry of Testing Website – so far, feedback has been quite positive.
  • I had an old article of mine (I’m Tired of Finding Bugs) translated into Portuguese this week. Note that I glanced at it, recognized a few words, and assumed it was Spanish. Thankfully I was reminded nicely by a follower, but dumb mistake on my part anyway.
  • I binged all of season two of the People Leading People podcast this week. Lot’s of good interviews – there were a few where I didn’t agree with the leaders approach, but I may have enjoyed those even more.
  • As predicted in AB Testing Ep 95, the Seattle Sounders are heading to the MLS Championship match.
  • It’s NaNoWriMo – the time of year when a million casual writers slowly learn how hard good writing actually is. Once again, I’m attempting to write a book this month, and will do so until life gets in the way.
    My record to this point is nearly 4 days of writing during the month of November – but today is different. It’s only 5:38pm, and I’ve already opened the google doc where I will type today’s words.

Five for Friday – October 25, 2019

Another episode of “stuff I found interesting over the past week or so”

Five for Friday – October 18, 2019

Happy Friday – here’s stuff you should read.

Five for Friday – October 11, 2019

  • I left a few of my Nest devices in the old house, but after some shopping around, decided to re-up my Nest usage with a v3 thermostat, and a Nest lock to augment some of the replacement devices. We’ll see how it goes.
  • Other than soccer, I don’t watch a lot of TV. But I started watching the latest season of American Horror Story, and so far, it’s been fantastic. It’s a throwback to the 80s, so it’s over the top and sometimes flat out stupid – but that’s why I like it.
  • I really like Poka Yoke – here’s a good article on it.
  • Even though I stopped using Windows over a year ago, I’m far from an Apple fan boy. But the amount of whining and complaining about the recent Catalina update has rivaled the complaints about Windows Vista. Here’s a tame example. Apple has warned users about the end-of-life for 32-bit support for at least a year, probably longer. I just don’t get why people are freaking out so much about their 8-10 year old apps being deprecated.
    Oh well, the internet is going to internet
  • Just a random story about doing dumb and effective stuff with javascript on web pages. How my butt helped fix font problems on the web

Five for Friday – October 4, 2019

  • I recently re-read (skimmed) Steve McConnell’s Software Estimation, Demystifying the Black Art. When I met with Microsoft Press to pitch HWTSAM, they gave a hot-off-the press new copy, and while some of the book feels “old school”, it’s still filled with foundational estimation knowledge.
  • I work at home, and absolutely need a quiet PC – my old power supply was acting up, so I picked up a Corsair HXI 750 – not only is it quiet, it’s so quiet that there’s a button on the power supply to manually spin up the fan in case you’re wondering if it’s working.
  • One of the cool things with the Corsair is that it plugs into an open USB interface on the motherboard (or, if you must, you can run a cable outside the box to an external port) in order to read temperature and load levels. Of course, their app is windows only, but there’s a nice command line app for viewing and controlling the drive on github.
  • One reason for WiP (work in progress) limits is to reduce multi-tasking. Another is to make sure we finish things so we can get feedback. This article – The Cost of Waiting for Feedback in Software Development talks about why.
  • No intro needed – Agile vs. Lean – Explained by Cats

Five for Friday – September 27, 2019

Happy Friday everyone – here’s some stuff to dump from my head to yours.

  • As I type this, I’m listening to Dead Man’s Pop – the remixed version of the Replacement’s Don’t Tell a Soul. I was/am a big Replacement’s fan, and these recordings are all kinds of excellent.
  • This article on how Boeing’s Managerial Revolution Created the 737 Max Disaster is fascinating, with far too many parallels to software disasters than this frequent traveler is comfortable with.
  • I liked this infographic on Agile Team Dynamics.
  • Not sure why HTTP/2 can be problematic, or how TCP and UDP fit intot he equation. And what’s this about HTTP/3 – here’s a fantastic summary of HTTP 1, 2, and 3 in a Nutshell
  • Another profoundly true quote from Drift Into Failure
    Murphy’s law is wrong: everything that can go wrong usually goes right, and then we draw the wrong conclusion.

Five for Friday – September 20, 2019

Here we go again…

  • I’ve once again fallen into the trap of reading too many books at once. I will carve some time out soon to get caught up. The latest book to join my “in progress” queue is Software Estimation Without Guessing by George Dinwiddle. Our views on estimation line up quite a lot, and this book has already been invaluable in a few conversations I’ve had in the last week.
  • Yet another article on generalists vs. specialists. A generalist is born when a specialist becomes bored
  • I’ve been Linux and Mac exclusively for over a year now, but I’m still learning my way around the shell sometimes. I’ve been going through yet-another unix shell tutorial this week – and while a lot of it is a review, I’m still finding it valuable.
  • Given my interest in data analysis to understand customer usage, I’m pretty excited to have deltaDNA join Unity this week.
  • My favorite tweet of the week:

Five for Friday – September 13, 2019

It’s the Friday the 13th edition of FfF. Here’s some stuff to read.

Five for Friday – September 6, 2019

As you may or may not have noticed, I took a few weeks off from FfF. I moved houses, then I traveled, then I went on a short vacation, and then I got sick. But now I’m mostly settled in and back on my regular routine.

Here’s some stuff I found.

  • I’m reading Drift Into Failure – and it’s fascinating. Here’s the first of what probably won’t be the last of quotes I’ll share from the book.
    But in stories of drift into failure, organizations fail precisely because they are doing well – on a narrow range of performance criteria, that is – the ones that they get rewarded on in their current political or economic or commercial configuration. In the drift into failure, accidents can happen without anything breaking, without anybody erring, without anybody violating the rules they consider relevant.
  • For numerous reasons, I’ve been talking more and more about testing without testers. This is a post from a few years ago (but new to me) that speaks to my cause. The Breakup
  • Most of you know this, but a lot of teams do bad things under the guise of ‘Agile‘, and fail. Here are some reasons why – How Agile Fails In Practice
  • Now that you know you have things to fix, read John Culter’s post on So You Want To Fix Something
  • While I recommend you just read all of Johanna Rothman’s posts, her post on the fit of management in Agile recently is quite good and worth reading.