Mary Poppendieck tells this great story about when the manufacturing plant she worked for transitioned to Lean. When they started, she says, they had this separate QA group whose job it was to find defects in the products after they were already made (sound familiar?). But then they took these QA folks and moved them […]
Thanks so much to all of the awesome people who attended Nate Oster & I’s workshop at Agile 2009. We used games and ideas to look at how testers and programmers can really work together on agile projects in ways that makes sense on our teams. [Click Read More….. to view the slides]
While I love to write, I occasionally prefer the role of reviewer or editor. I find it a nice break to sit on the other side and evaluate someone else’s work for a change. How much more comfortable to critique someone else’s product then to summon the courage to create something myself! But how much […]
As the unit testing debates continue on my project, I can’t help but noticing that people are spending all sorts of time pontificating over the right way to unit test, without stepping back to consider what they’re trying to achieve with unit testing. And because they don’t know where they’re going, they’re not able to […]
Software development gurus Bob Martin and Jim Coplien go head to head on the virtues (or lack thereof) of Test-Driven Development. And in this corner, we have Robert “Uncle Bob” Martin, who throws the first punch with the bold: “it has become infeasible for a software developer to consider himself professional if he does not […]
There is a hot debate on my project about whether or not our JUnit tests are pure unit tests. What the heck does that mean, pure unit tests? Our tests are JUnit tests. Doesn’t that, by definition, make them unit tests? Actually, no. Unit testing does actually refer to a very specific type of test […]
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After 3 years at Harvard Innovation Lab, Abby now helps individuals to create their own products and businesses so they can bring in additional money, become their own boss, gain financial freedom, and do work they feel proud of.