Planning For My Departure

February 19, 2015

I have experienced the departure of many colleagues at Mxi, and each time it has been emotional and stressful. Now it is my turn to leave. I wanted to minimize that same gut-punch to my friends and team. So, like...

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Staff Ranking for Rankled Staff

November 27, 2014

What is Stack Ranking

The leadership construct whereby a workforce is graded in accordance with the individual...

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Bolton's New Agile Testing Ecosystem

November 4, 2014

I often make reference to the Agile Quadrants model to help explain different modes of testing, and how automation is just a part of a larger domain of testing.

“Essentially, all models are wrong, but some are useful”

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Running a Retrospective

August 15, 2014

This month, I ran my first retrospective for a different team at work. I’ve been participating in retrospectives run by my team mate and have wanted to try my hand at facilitating. When a different team approached me to host...

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Context Drive Testing - The Awakening

May 26, 2014

It has been a progressive unraveling of my assumptions and understanding of what is the Context Driven movement going on in testing. When Selena Delesie first arrived at my work to help facilitate our learning of the possibilities a title of...

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Classification of Software Features

April 25, 2014

I typically hear two categories for software features: internal and external. Occasionally, from the development side, I hear of a third option: deprecated. I am proposing a fourth category, that I often find in enterprise software that I would call...

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Heuristic for selecting a Trainer

April 14, 2014

When looking at a potential coach or teacher, I find myself often using the following criteria to help me make a selection.

  • Openness: Do they expose their ideas and opinions in public forums? Do they allow discourse and feedback...
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JavaScript Unit Testing

April 11, 2014

Note: The recommendations I make in this report are specific to the contextual needs of my current team. Your mileage may vary :smiley:


The goal of this research was to determine tools and techniques to empower developers in...

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Research Session - Javascript Unit Testing

March 12, 2014

Report Summary:

  • Much like the rest of the Javascript ecosystem, there are a lot of options for any given problem and not a lot of community consensus
  • There are two aspects of JS testing needing to be addressed: tools...
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Test Sessions - Research Sessions

March 10, 2014

My responsibilities include researching and investigating tools to help others test software. I was recently asked to investigate options for helping developers author Unit Tests for Javascript applications.

While thinking about performing the investigation, it came to me that I...

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CAST 2014

February 25, 2014

On my first day in my new job, my boss threw out a challenge to me: submit a proposal to CAST for a conference talk I could give. The submission due date was is 42 hours…

CAST  is the...

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Week 4 - Informed Failure

February 15, 2014

I worked on a new tool for Selenium JUnit testing: video recording of test execution. There are some good articles on how to utilize Monte Media Library for Java to add recording to your code. However, I did not see...

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Week 3 - ... Gathers No Moss

February 7, 2014

This week the team said farewell to a valuable teacher: Paul Holland. He had joined us for a fixed duration to learn who we are, share his observations and teach his knowledge. I am glad to have met him,...

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APIs With Context

January 30, 2014

This week was spent gaining context on APIs. Questions such as:

  • Who are the consumers of the APIs
  • What is the minimum viable check we want in place for a single API
  • What checks are currently being created by...
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Changing Gears: Manual & Automatic

January 24, 2014

My first week in, and I am being exposed to my team mates’ interests.

My cube mate has done some great things to make front-end automation tools available to all developers on the floor. Coming from the dev group myself,...

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Learning and Assimilating "Testing"

January 18, 2014

I may be new to the testing team at work, but I am no stranger to the culture exposed on the internet. I have long been a reader of many online blogs regarding testing. To name a few of my...

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Adventures in Test Automation Land

January 8, 2014

[Note: The term “Automated Test” is slowly being pushed to a simplified rename as “Check”. This is being put forward by the software testing community to disambiguate between the less intelligent verification done by a machine vs. the intuitive and...

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