design meeting patterns/antipatterns

For those of you that don’t know, I recently returned to the technical ranks as a Software Architect after a three-year stint in management. To make a long story short, I now love my job again. Perhaps I’ll write the long story in a future blog entry. On to the topic at hand. Today I led the first significant design discussion that I have led in quite a long time. A few minutes afterward, I was already reflecting on what had occurred and how.

selenium conference 2011

I completed an interest survey for a potential Selenium-focused conference several weeks ago, and I’m excited to let you know that the “powers that be” have decided that the conference is going to happen! I have already submitted my “Executable Specifications: Automating Your Requirements Document with Geb and Spock” talk as a potential session. Whether it makes the conference program or not, I plan on attending the event. Here are the details:

2010 in review the automated analysis

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meterâ„¢ reads Fresher than ever. Crunchy numbers A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats. A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,600 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s. In 2010, there were 15 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 115 posts.

selenium 2.0 refcard

Today DZone released my first Refcard: “Selenium 2.0: Using the WebDriver API to Create Robust User Acceptance Tests.” I have been interested in writing a Refcard for a long time but have never pulled the trigger. For whatever reason, I decided to jump on the bandwagon last month. Writing this card was quite a challenge, as it’s difficult to boil down a big topic into only six pages while keeping it useful.

agile zone roundup

I’ve been really quiet on this blog lately. There have been multiple reasons for that. I’ve been extremely busy preparing for conferences this Fall including SpringOne/2GX and The Rich Web Experience. I’ve also stayed busy writing for DZone. I have my first DZone Refcard coming out soon, which is focused on Web Driver/Selenium 2. I’ve also been writing my regular articles for Agile Zone. Here’s a roundup: Modular Agile: Loosely coupled, highly cohesive ceremonies

the seven wastes of software development

In late September I completed an eight-part article series for Agile Zone entitled “The Seven Wastes of Software Development.” This series discussed Mary and Tom Poppendieck’s mapping of Shigeo Shingo’s “Seven Wastes of Lean Manufacturing” into the software development world. This has been a very popular series, having been viewed a total of 57,887 times at this writing. Here’s a set of links to the series:

the agile guerilla series

I recently completed a series of articles for Agile Zone entitled “The Agile Guerilla.” Those of you that have seen me on the No Fluff Just Stuff tour this year may recognize a talk by the same name. They are one and the same concept: my attempt to reach the masses with strategies for introducing change, specifically moving to agility, into organizations from the grassroots level. Here’s a list of the complete set of articles for your convenience!

more agile zone articles

Just to prove that I am writing, just not here, I thought I’d post another collection of links to my latest Agile Zone articles: Yes You Kanban! The Guerilla’s Workflow Feedback is the Key! Going Guerilla: Where to Start In the near future you can look forward to a few more episodes of “The Agile Guerilla” series, as well as a brand new series I’ll be starting entitled “The Seven Wastes of Software Development.

i'm in the zone...agile zone

My apologies to my colleagues down the street at AutoZone, but I just had to do that. :-) I recently accepted the role of Agile Zone Leader at For the past few weeks I’ve been publishing a couple of articles a week on various agile development topics. I’m very happy to get the extra exposure and I hope that folks are getting some value out of my posts. On the downside, I have virtually zero time to write anything here, but on the upside I’m definitely writing more regularly.

two new nfjs talks for this fall

I’m excited to announce that I am working up two brand new talks for this Fall to go along side my regular fare. Both of these talks are already scheduled for shows in Boston, MA and Seattle, WA. The first talk is entitled “The Seven Wastes of Software Development.” We’ll begin by examining one of the key tenets of Lean Software Development, that of eliminating waste. We’ll then walk through the seven wastes identified by Mary and Tom Poppendieck in their books: