I was just reading an article on performance appraisals by Shane Hastie. It is a good summary of some of the issues that traditional performance appraisals cause on agile projects. But it leaves two questions unanswered: Where would you start if you actually had to do a performance agreement; and How would you actually know […]Read More Performance agreements – a first attempt for agile project team members
When I started to learn agile approaches to projects, OODA was all the rage, but it seems to have disappeared from view as modern agilistas move from Scrum to lean to Kanban to ultra-velocitus development. I guess I am still a bit old school, because I still think the OODA loop is the essence of […]Read More OODA Loops for fighter pilots, business analysts and testers
I stumbled on a letter from Mark Twain where he comments on “the interview”: Inteviews are pure twaddle Controversially, he claimed that interviews are appalling and should be completely abolished … which would seem to be a strong position for a business analyst to take these days. But then Mark Twain was around at the beginning of […]Read More Famous BAs in history: Mark Twain on interviews
A long time ago I used to do production support as part of my role (I was a Unix administrator/DBA/system analyst). In those days requirements were really easy for me: people would come to my desk and ask for something, or they would email me or maybe even leave a scribbled note on my desk. […]Read More Stories for production support teams part 3: stories involving vendors
I have encountered Use Cases on several occasions, sometimes they seem like a simple tool that can be used to better understand how a system behaves from a users perspective, while at other times people describe them as terrifying monsters that have murdered people and led to the destruction of entire projects. So I am […]Read More Use cases make for better test scenarios
This article probably makes more sense if you have read regression testing day 1. The aim is to give you a possible way of building good regression testing on a project one day at a time, while testing as you go.Read More Regression testing day 2
Life used to be easy for managers. We had good people who delivered lots of stuff and bad people who stuffed up lots of deliverables. It was easy to tell who the good guys and the bad guys were. But then something significant happened. We discovered that work was not just about performing a set […]Read More How can you manage people on projects these days?