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How We Built Testability with Psychological Safety [External post]

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Ben Linders recently interviewed me for my talk at AgileTD on how we failed at testability. That resulted in this InfoQ post about how to build in testability you need developers and testers to collaborate. But to be able to do that, you need…
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The courage to supercharge your testability

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Testability is all about building quality-in. It's about identifying known issues before they become a problem while coding. Pairing testers into this process can supercharge the testability feedback loop. It can allow you to pick up known and unknown issues. But pairing devs and testers together needs courage.
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Test Automation: Don't report the bugs it catches

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Reading time: 3 minutes Don’t report the bugs your test automation catches. Report the reduction in uncertainty that the system works. When you report the bugs you send the signal that test automation is there to catch bugs. But that’s…
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13 things I've learned from running remote workshops

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Over the last 12-18 months I've been running a lot of remote workshops and during that time I've learned a few valuable lessons along the way. Most of my experience is based on translating and running an in-person workshop to a remote online…
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Three things of 2021

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Every week I spend some time reflecting on what I learned or found interesting and this is a summary of my year. After doing this for nearly 3 years one of the biggest ways it's helped me with is seeing the thread through my work which reminds…
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Speed Vs Quality: Can you have both?

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5 minutes reading time I was recently part of a panel discussion around the topic “What is quality?” and an interesting question came up. Is it always a choice between speed of delivery and the quality of that delivery? The thinking…
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Incremental improvements: Why don’t teams do it more?

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(Reading time: 10 minutes) I’ve been working with a lot of different engineering teams over the years and there has been a strong tendency for them to avoid incremental improvements and instead go for bigger changes. There are many reasons…
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The risk with direct questions

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The risk with the direct question is that the person being asked could assume intent within the question. E.g. asking what risk there in this release could be assumed that you think there is a risk in the release or that you don’t trust the…
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3 traits of Self-leadership

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A colleague of mine Qambar Raza recently shared this great Ted talk with me on self-leadership 👏 🎥 🍿🥤 Great leadership starts with self-leadership | Lars Sudmann In it Lars describes three behaviour traits to improve your…
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Reducing Uncertainty in Software Delivery

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A key theme that I’m seeing from these talks is that they are spending a lot of effort on learning from failure. Either by analysing ones that have happened in production or actively encouraging teams to cause failures.