I will be at Gartner Symposium in Orlando the first week of October. If you are attending and want to chat about Software Testing, DevOps and the DevOps toolchain, Code Pipelines, Scaling Agile, and other similar things, be sure to get on my 1:1 schedule. I look forward to the interactions as I work on my research.
Currently I am working on the following:
Updates to the MQ and Critical Capabilities for Software Test Automation — we should publish the MQ before the end of the year and hopefully have the CC closely thereafter.
Why/When to use a Testing Community of Practice rather than a Testing COE.
Why it is time to quit wasting time on software estimates. See the NoEstimates book or Vasco Duarte’s talks on YouTube. To me, this is an essence of Agile topic as well as Lean Philosophy.
Updates to our notes on the DevOps Toolchain. We are updating to ensure concepts like BiModal are covered. One common theme in calls recently is a desire by organizations (generally in the management layer) to consolidate to a single set of tools, often with a goal for that to be from a single vendor. There are obvious reasons for this: eliminate (hopefully but as proven in the past, not likely) integration issues, consolidated view of all activities across the program portfolio for measurement and metrics, simplify the landscape and number of people to deal with and hopefully better discount structures. The challenge: we are delivering to very diverse platforms that have different needs and tool stacks and this puts the primacy of the manager over the productivity of the worker. The bottom line goal should be the delivery of value in the most efficient way to gain feedback, pivot and move forward.
On this line of thought, another great book I have been reading that will hit the shelves soon is Eric Ries‘s next book: The Startup Way. This is a great read about how the Lean concepts of Lean Startup can be used in all types of business and how even the “startups” eventually lose their startup mojo and need to reboot.