Single-Dimension Measurements: How NOT to measure technical staff

  I’m facilitating a roundtable, Test Management 101, on Stickyminds, and someone just posted a question about how to measure testers to show return on investment: measuring the number of defects they find. Ouch. When you measure developers on the number of lines of code, or testers on the number of defects, or carpenters on …

Manage to the End of the Project – Avoid Crossing the Desert

  Sometimes on a project, we focus on an intermediate milestone in the project, such as Beta, or first performance test, or early ship. The project team works like dogs to make that intermediate milestone. Then, there’s still the rest of the project. Uh oh. Now you’re starting to cross the desert. (Thanks to Jack …

Start a Journal

  If you’re a project manager, a functional manager, a technical lead, or someone who wants to improve their work, start a journal or a log. When I was an engineer, I kept an engineering notebook. I discovered a bunch of ways I created the same defects. (Yes, developers create defects as they create products, …