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Here is a new project, when can you finish it?

22 June, 2015 (19:13) | Uncategorized | By: seth

You are a seasoned software engineer.  You have plenty of projects under your belt.  With that kind of experience you should be able to tell when this brand new project will be finished…. Three are a couple of things to consider here. One is that engineers almost always under-estimate. But knowing this is not all […]

Dog bone approach to testing

22 May, 2015 (14:52) | Uncategorized | By: seth

We testers like our testing shapes”.   For example consider the Testing Pyramid Well then, here is my contribution.   This is the dog bone approach to testing. It is shaped like a dog bone because it is fat (more effort and resources) on both ends and skinny (less effort and resources) in the middle. […]

Lies, damn lies, and statistics – Your guide to misleading correlations.

10 May, 2015 (11:32) | Uncategorized | By: seth

We should trust data.  We certainly should trust data more than we trust the HiPPO.  But when we dive head-first into the data looking for answers when we ourselves do not know the questions, that can be risky.  After all, Goal, Question, Metric (GQM) was promoted (in that order) over 20 years ago. (here is […]

How I spent my vacation…

24 April, 2015 (10:48) | Uncategorized | By: seth

  Disney World, FL USA

More on the old versus new Microsoft

19 March, 2015 (09:22) | Uncategorized | By: seth

I found these quotes which tie-in well with my previous juxtaposition of Sinofsky versus Nadella Windows 8 is a disaster. Period. Paul Thurrott, SuperSite for Windows (pro-Microsoft author and blogger) [ref]   Windows 10 Undoes the Disaster of Windows 8 (Mostly) David Pogue, Tech columnist, Yahoo (formerly with the New York Times) [ref] Windows 10 […]

Data-Driven in one image

18 February, 2015 (16:50) | Uncategorized | By: seth

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Why Windows 10 will succeed where Windows 8 failed –Data Driven Quality

15 February, 2015 (22:21) | Uncategorized | By: seth

You can’t sort of A/B test your way before the product launches, because you don’t have it in users’ hands yet. You need to use your product intuition to make the right choices. You make these choices and people are paying you to make them. Steven Sinofsky, former Microsoft President Windows D11 Conference, May 2013 […]

TestOps redux?

13 February, 2015 (08:53) | Uncategorized | By: seth

At one point I attempted to coin the phrase TestOps (pivoting off the increasingly popular DevOps) Quality in the Cloud: The new Role of TestOps – March 2012 But ultimately there were a few things I did not like about that phrase.  Primarily was that TestOps really is already a part of DevOps.  DevOps is […]

Those pesky customers

8 February, 2015 (06:55) | Uncategorized | By: seth

It is funny that whenever I teach (or lecture, or cajole) software engineering teams about the necessity for customer centricity, I almost inevitably get challenged with the example of Steve Jobs’ Apple.   Jobs did not care about focus groups, Jobs did not task his teams to deeply mine customer data… he just told them what […]

Bing’s fault or Bartell Drug’s fault?

1 February, 2015 (13:04) | Uncategorized | By: seth

Not quite Testing in Production…..but amusing nonetheless