Advocacy for less testing
As a strategy, I'm a fan of minimising the number of end-to-end1 tests a team owns and runs. However, this advocacy for less testing can be a difficult sell. Software Engineers and testers express their reservations about adopting such a strategy. Good Reasons for End-to-End Tests End-to-end tests are great.
Are you your missing leg?
Change isn't always difficult. There are lots of things about change I adore. I like getting pay raises. I like getting job promotions. I like it when my partner organizes a surprise event for us. And I like driving change. I like seeing gaps in quality and setting about improving
What's your org optimising for?
💡This is a work in progress. The thoughts are a bit rough and not fully formed. I'm sharing because I'm keen to hear other perspectives to help my concepts take shape. Comments welcome. I've got a hypothesis around organisational structures. It's half-baked and not ready for release. I talked about
Situational Quality Coaching (when to coach, train & mentor)
Fun fact, a quality coach doesn't only coach; they also mentor, train and facilitate1. This article explores when to coach, train, and mentor a product team on quality. Coaching, Mentoring, Training Coaching, Mentoring & training are different teaching methods and valuable parts of your quality coach makeup bag. Like many things
Quality Coaching on AB Testing Podcast
It was a great discussion on quality coaching, credibility and trust, how the ultimate shift left act is to hire engineers who embrace software testing as their role. It was such a fun chat, and I could have gone on talking and sparring for hours. Fortunately for you, I didn't.
Create a Quality Coach Job Description
For clarity, I'm going to use the term quality coach (QC), though in your world you may prefer Quality Advocate (QA), personally, I find that gets confused with Quality Assurance and often people default to that term. Imagine you or your company has decided to transition to a Quality Assistance
Team Topology & Quality Engineering
As director of quality engineering, part of my role is structuring how and where quality sits within a company that's scaling in customer numbers, in terms of architecture and software engineers. Team Topologies written by Matthew Skelton & Manual Pais suggests reversing Conway’s law and providing structures that facilitate collaboration