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This Blog Has Moved!

Right, so yes, five years ago I moved to github pages, and never bothered to redirect any of these pages there. Now I've moved on from there, and... Finally I am using my real domain, . My blog is now at .  See you there!

Agile Infection Growing

This is a bloody good idea . It builds upon my own Virgoen tendancies to write lists and tick things off, but what the list model lacks is the "in progress" state. Plus occasionally my lists get confused. See today's notebook page: Thursday Fix bugs in Test Director Merge fixes up Do build Merge down Read terms of contract E-mail solicitor Go to Robert Dyas Order DAB Radio Finish business analysis docs Carry on with QCon note consolidation How do I know which ones I've started? I could do with a couple of boards at least as well to separate the personal from the business. Also note that I took something away from my Time Management course, attended when I was a mere graduate at a large manufacturing organisation: make a new list for each day, discarding your completed items and moving forward the incomplete ones (it also mentions to discard "low priority" items that haven't been done over a week or two under the theory that you'll never do it if

QCon: Blogger's Summary

I might be too late in writing my own thoughts on QCon, but a bunch of other people have done a pretty good job.


From spellfecker  today: Certifiction (n.) : a professional endorsement which states only that the holder had the money to pay for the exam. ...which reminded me of this debate , particularly the first comment.

QCon: TODO list inspired by the conference

Investigate Maven 2 Have a glance at TestNG Potentially play with JMock for current testing framework Play with GWT Sign up for Pragmatic Architect event Check out JavaBlackBelt site - what is provided, and what are the feelings of professionals (or, more importantly, recruiters) towards these qualifications? Look into getting Visual Studio .NET again so you can have a go at GUI development in it. Go to technorati . Investigate JUnit 4 changes/improvements

Continuing the Agile froth...

...there are a number of points in this interview with Paul Oldfield which are interesting to consider when thinking about "doing Agile right".  It seems to be compatible with my "people over process" view - I'm not stating that having good people negates the need for any form of process or discipline, I have seen that this is simply not the case.  I do however think that agile techniques in particular rely heavily upon the "right" people / team, for some nebulous definition of  "right".

QCon: Initial thoughts

Things I took out of QCon: I want to play with Ajax .  Maybe I've "grown out" of front end development but that doesn't prevent it from being (potentially) extremely cool Selenium looks like a good place to start for automated website testing It can take up to 7 years to move away from a legacy architecture.  Depressing, but at least it shows it can be done and it's worth the effort I'm going to become a certified Scrum Master Mistress .  I believe Agile in some form or other is the most efficient way to run software development, but there are a LOT of lessons to learn in order to get it right.  And number one lesson is you need the right team.

QCon London

Last week saw the first QCon London conference, an event "designed with the technical depth and enterprise focus of interest to technical team leads, architects, and project managers". The conference consisted of two days of tutorials followed by three days of talks covering technologies, vendor products, and processes. In addition there were numerous "networking" opportunities with plenty of break times to both absorb information and meet other people, plus evening events. The conference was both comprehensive and absorbing, and I'm hoping to take the next few days to filter through the notes I have taken and present a more succinct version here. Whether it will be of use to anyone other than myself remains to be seen...

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