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Cynefin and Software Testing – Disorder

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The odd shape in the middle of the Cynefin framework is the domain of disorder. Despite not looking a whole lot like the others, it is a domain in its own right and arguably the most interesting of the domains as it is (I find) less straightforward to understand than the others. At its most […]

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Cynefin and Software Testing – The Complicated Domain

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At the top right of the Cynefin sensemaking framework is the domain of the Complicated. Like the Obvious domain it describes an ordered system, in that cause and effect can be predicted with a high degree of accuracy. The major distinction here is that understanding the rules and relationships that make up a Complicated system […]

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I am become bug, destroyer of apps

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Once you have been a tester, it stays with you. You can’t switch it off, there’s no cure and it seems to be communicable. Case in point, I have passed it on to my new company and it continues to find bugs on my behalf. Whilst setting up House of Test in the UK, the fun started when […]

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And Now My Watch Is Ended

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After four highly eventful years, it is time for me to bid eBay farewell. So much has happened during this time that it would be impossible to capture it all, but the very short version is that these have been some of the most formative years of my professional career. Moving from Tokyo to London […]

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Upcoming Book – A Career Guide for Software Testers

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Standout – A career guide to gainful employment as a skilled software tester A little while back I started collating my notes for a workshop I have on interviewing for jobs and writing/reviewing CVs. Some time in the next couple of days, I looked up from my keyboard and realised I’d written over fifty pages. […]

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Cynefin and Software Testing – The Obvious

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Cynefin is a sensemaking framework comprised of five distinct domains – Obvious, Complicated, Complex, Chaos and Disorder. The term framework is deliberately chosen and is important. It is not a categorisation model, though I have used it as one to good effect on multiple occasions. Rather, each domain provides you a distinct lens through which […]

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Cynefin and Software Testing

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In July of 2016 I attended a 4-day workshop with Dave Snowden on complexity and the Cynefin sensemaking framework. For me, Cynefin was something that had floated around the periphery of my interest for a number of years, but whilst it seemed like a nice concept, I didn’t see how it was applicable to my […]

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Evolution of Coding Kata – A well-trodden path

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After my first post on coding kata, I discovered like with most thoughts I’ve had in my life, that others have walked this path before me. Quite a few people reached out and shared their kata experiences with me. It looks like there are many out there who use kata for deliberate practice and a bunch of […]