Posted: What Is A Professional?

I write a twice-yearly column for Better Software magazine. The title of the column is called “Technically Speaking.” For this column, I decide to tackle the question of “What’s a Professional?” If you don’t already subscribe to the...

Management Myth #4: I Don’t Need One-on-Ones

“I know what the people in my group are doing, Johanna. Each and every one of them.” “But you have twenty-five people in your group, Stan,” I protested. “And I walk around and see what every single person is doing. I read their checkins, too. I know what they are...

Roll Your Own (Agile Lifecycle)

Imagine this scenario: you want to transition to agile, and you have a geographically dispersed team with people all over the world. You have two developers in the UK and two in Boston, two testers in Portland, Oregon, a product manager in Brazil, and you, the project...

Transitioning to Agile Testing

Summary: Your developers are already working feature-by-feature in iterations, but your testers are stuck with manual tests. How do you make the leap to agile testing when the nature of agile’s iterative releases challenges testers to test working segments of a...

Project Portfolio Decisions–Decisions For Now

If you are anything like me, you have a to-do list a mile long. Because I work for myself, I have an integrated list of everything I need to do: projects for clients, books to write, articles to write, columns to write, presents to buy, house maintenance, clothes to...