A question from my email archives: “I’ve been tasked with defining metrics for software quality. Do you have a recommended book or reference to point me in the right direction?” The classic book on software metrics is Kan’s Metrics and Models in Software Quality Engineering. It’s not for the casual reader, however. More approachable is […]
Archives for December 2006
Jan Chong is a doctoral candidate at Stanford, studying Organizational Behavior. Jan has two CS degrees, so it’s natural that she would combines her interest in software development and organizational behavior by studying XP teams. She presented some of her preliminary findings at Agile 2005. One of the things that Jan observed while doing her […]
An Ode to W. Edwards Deming at Holiday Time The holidays have begun taking their toll on my sanity. My eldest daughter has become inordinately fond of the mind-numbingly repetitive 12 Days of Christmas song and has been forcing me to sing it every night. If she were 5 or 6 years old, I would […]
Scary isn’t it. Agile, the edgy counterpoint to high ceremony, heavyweight, quality-of-result-depends-on-quality-of-process methodologies, could become just another vapid marketing buzzword. How does this happen, you ask? It’s an old pattern: A group of Really Smart People notice a Problem and create a Solution. They share their Solution with the Industry. Others recognize the coolness, usefulness, […]
A participant on the agile-testing news group recently asked, “How can you plan for the unexpected?” He was asking about how you design negative tests, and his question reminded me of an exercise I use in my testing classes for doing just that.