Agile development · Observations

A mechanical guide to testing on agile projects

Testers keep telling me that testing is not just about breaking things.  They also tell me that they are there to help the team think rather than just point out the dumb things they have done in the last sprint. That's probably all true.  But I have been asked by someone to give them a… Continue reading A mechanical guide to testing on agile projects

Agile development · Idea management · Implementation

An international standard for being stupid? The mistakes users always make

Before I worked in IT and even knew what testing was, I knew people made mistakes. But I didn’t know there was an international standard you should comply with when you want to make a mistake. Then I worked on a project with a mining company and one of the consultants explained human factor analysis… Continue reading An international standard for being stupid? The mistakes users always make

Agile development · Implementation · Investigation

User stories for production support part 2: PAC

I wrote an article on stories for production support teams quite a while ago.  But I always meant to add a couple more. The problem with production support is that nobody has time to ask for what they want, but it is all urgent and super critical. So the last thing you often feel like… Continue reading User stories for production support part 2: PAC

Agile development

A test strategy for lazy project teams

I have often admitted that I am not a test manager, but I know enough to realise that any project with an IT component needs to have an IT test strategy. I also know that creating a test strategy should involve more than just taking the 25 page strategy from the last project and replacing… Continue reading A test strategy for lazy project teams