[Note: This post is here only to serve as a historical example of how I used to speak about "automated testing." My language has evolved. The sentiment of this post is still valid, but I have become … [Read more...] about Manual Tests Cannot Be Automated (DEPRECATED)
Here is my policy for accepting comments that you make on this blog: 1. I moderate all comments. I accept comments for one or more of the following reasons: - I value a dialectic approach to … [Read more...] about My Commenting Policy
Sometimes, you can improve your thinking just by avoiding using certain terms. I stopped using "best practice", years ago. When I am tempted to use the term in a serious discussion of methodology, I … [Read more...] about “Intuition” and “Common Sense” Considered Harmful
When a programmer builds a product, should he release it to the testers right away? Or should he test it himself to make sure that it is free of obvious bugs? Many testers would advise the programmer … [Read more...] about Should Developers Test the Product First?
Recently, a colleague of mine felt stung by something I said in an argument. He complained that I was making an "ad hominem" argument. I want to clarify this issue, because it's a common mistake: what … [Read more...] about Sometimes it Gets Personal
Brian Marick complains about people, like me, who prefer to use dictionary definitions of words such as agile, instead of capitalizing the word and using it as a brand name, as he does. Read his blog … [Read more...] about Who Stole Agile?
I just found Jeff Atwood's Coding Horror blog. He's an interesting writer and thinker. One of his postings presents a good example of the subtle role of skill even in highly scripted activities. He … [Read more...] about Studying Jeff Atwood’s Paint Can
Brian Marick has offered a definition of agile methodology. I think his definition is strangely bulky and narrow. That's because it's not really a definition, but an example. Those of us who've … [Read more...] about Defining Agile Methodology
Darrell Norton says that "version control" is a best practice. I disagree with him about that, but his blog posting gives me an opportunity to show how context-driven reasoning works. Darrell … [Read more...] about “Use Version Control”
I use the following. I find these definitions to be flexible, inclusive, and consistent with the dictionary: Technique: method. Method: a way of doing something; an idea or ideas that specify … [Read more...] about Some Useful Definitions