Originally published on stickyminds.com In 1628, the grand warship Vasa launched for her maiden voyage. What started as a ceremonial trot around the harbor ended in disaster. Ten minutes out, the Vasa sank, taking many of those aboard with … [Continue reading] about Going Down with the Ship
presented at the SM/ASM 2002 conference This story of software pyromaniacs explores crisis-driven cultures and offers suggestions for taming the flames. Also, a long overdue credit: Tim Lister inadvertently gave me the title for this talk. There's … [Continue reading] about Why Are My Pants on Fire?
Originally published on stickyminds.com I was very pleased with myself. I’d just found a bug that, under certain circumstances, could result in data in a stored file becoming corrupt. I tried not to gloat as I explained the bug to the project … [Continue reading] about Do You Know What They Want?
published in STQE Magazine, January/February 2002 How can you achieve the lofty status of being an "indispensable" employee? This article provides pointers on how to become an employee employers can do without. See article (pdf). … [Continue reading] about Becoming Indispensible
Originally published on stickyminds.com Groove. Groovy. In the groove. The word "groove" has positive connotations. We're in the groove when we’re focused and productive. When I’m finding lots of bugs in new software and simultaneously learning a … [Continue reading] about Take the “Groove Test” and Get Out of Your Rut