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 […]
The London Tester Gathering Workshop will be held on June 29th and 30th. Martin Hynie and I will be holding a workshop – An Introduction to Cynefin and Complexity for Software Testers. Cynefin is one of those things that was on the periphery of my interest for a number of years before I finally took […]
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 […]
I’m very lucky to be working at eBay with some of the most talented people I know. More fortunate still perhaps that they indulge me in my regular experiments in making our department a better place to work. I’ve been thinking about what I perceive as deficiencies in coding kata and talking to one of […]
A little while ago, I contributed a chapter to David Greenlees’ anthology on Software Testing as a Martial art. My chapter started out as a bit of a rant against the appropriation of Japanese language by some Agilistas without having an understanding of the underlying culture. That is perhaps the least interesting part of […]
In early 2015, Maria Kedemo asked me if I’d like to work with her on a workshop around testability. At the time, I wondered whether there was really enough in the subject to warrant a workshop. Testability seems like a pretty straightforward topic, right? It’s how easy something is to test. I’d seen James Bach’s […]
Ministry of Testing has just published the next in a series I’m writing on the subject of testing and management/leadership. This one is on managing the relationship between tester and line manager.