Did You Ever Stop to Think and Forget to Start Again?

One of my favourite quotes comes from Winnie-the-Pooh.

“Did You Ever Stop to Think and Forget to Start Again?”

Sometimes we all over analyse. Especially in software testing, sometimes we just look too deep, we get lost in the details and we fail to see the big picture. We stop. Sometimes we forget to restart, or when we do restart then the time has past. Have you ever spent a day trying to reproduce a bug, only to find that in the meantime the next stable build had corrected the failure anyway? Have you ever got so side-tracked, maybe installing that piece of software, that the point of installing it in the first place becomes lost?

Focus is important in testing but equally important is timely focus. The importance of the service that software testing provides should not be overlooked, but also we should not be naive enough to assume that others will wait for the service. Time moves on, projects move on, and people move on. Quickly. So do stop to think, but always quickly start again.


Reading this on a Nokia phone? Get the onegreenhill app.

I’ve been a bit busy lately with work that pays, hence the lack of updates on here. Maybe not the greatest excuse but the day job has to come first.

Related to the day job, that being software group management, focusing primarily on software quality, I’ve also found a few minutes to the use the rather excellent Ovi App Wizard to create a simple app with which to read this blog with. So if you have a Symbian, Series 40, or Maemo powered phone then head over to the Nokia Store and download the all new onegreenhill application!

I’ll make a start on the Android version soon – if only there was an app wizard though….

Lean it out….

I’ve just started a Lean Six Sigma course. One day in. Already it’s very interesting and I can find myself thinking how to apply it to the testing processes and scenarios that I see day-to-day. It’ll be great to see how myself and my team can improve the way we work and reduce some of the waste that must be inherent in our processes.

I’ve already studied Kanban in a fair bit of detail and using that for management of the testing team, and also for project management of other testing projects has been very interesting. Pulling tasks through the board, and through the lifecycle, works very well. Tackling our processes is the next step.

This is the second post in the ‘Little and Often’ series – shorter posts but more frequent. A little longer than Twitter. Hopefully 🙂

Little and Often

New Year brings new beginnings, new starts, new ideas and for some New Year’s resolutions. I’ve been reading, with a lot of interest, zenhabits.net recently and the post How to Have the Best Year of Your Life (without Setting a Single Goal) particularly caught my eye. do we set ourselves too many goals and resolutions, and are they ultimately doomed to fail?

With that in mind, here’s my plan for this year, sorry, I mean here are some practices 🙂 I intend to engage in through the year which I hope will help me and others.

  • Blog little and blog often: Easy to say of course but more difficult to do. But often you spend too much time thinking about what to say and the moment is wasted. So I intend to start practicing regular blogging, but posts will be shorter. Not as short as my posts on Twitter but a little shorter than last years more lengthy ones.
  • Get back to getting my hands dirty: It’s time to start doing some testing again and not just managing and talking about it. This really is a practice not a goal, becoming part of my DNA again. As a start I’ve signed up for James Bach’s excellent Rapid Software Testing class which The Ministry of Testing are bringing to the UK this year. Can’t wait 🙂
  • Widen my circle of contacts: Obvious really, I’d like to learn more from others outside of my regular circle of contacts. Do you want to talk about something or help me out?
  • Practice generosity: Directly from zenhabits and I’m not ashamed to say. It’ll all be a bit better if we help each other out. What can I help you with? (I know a fair bit about software testing and test management, and too much about cycling :).

What will you do this year?