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Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality

yorgo Re:Marketing or Research? (133 comments)

Thus far, I've been unable to find the actual report. I found and downloaded the "Summary of Key Findings", which says, "This report provides a brief summary of the important results from the full 2014 CRASH Report.". But, I can't actually find the "full 2014 CRASH Report".

This is making it difficult to evaluate. Perhaps on purpose...?

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

yorgo FDX not FDD (232 comments)

I’d guess that FDX (Fear Driven X) exists in nearly every industry. Google “motivated by fear” or “driven by fear”, and you won't just find a bunch of software development articles. This is a human problem, not an engineering problem.

Figure out how to stop this type of behavior at a larger scale, and the answer will probably apply to the smaller one.

about a month ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

yorgo Re:What Moolya thinks of it (152 comments)

That is a damn fine blog post. Very well said...

about a month and a half ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

yorgo Re:Of course you can have a standard (152 comments)

This.

Testing is essentially "evaluating a product via experimentation". While experimentation certainly requires plenty of scientific rigor, it also requires plenty of creativity, as well. And trying to standardize creativity is unwise. There simply is no "one size fits all" way to test. Extended, or not.

about a month and a half ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

yorgo Re:just like ISO 9000, that worked well! (152 comments)

This. Mod parent up.

In (very) short, "testing is evaluating a product via experimentation" (see http://www.satisfice.com/blog/...). According to this definition, truly anyone can test. Anyone can "evaluate a product via experimentation".

However, formal, professional testing also has a purpose: to inform. That is, "testing provides information about the quality of a product so that others can make informed decisions."

So, formal, professional testing is "evaluating a product via experimentation - in order to inform". And /that/ requires "a modicum of skill and critical thinking".

about a month and a half ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

yorgo Re:Wrong focus? (152 comments)

Sadly, not everyone thinks like you.

By using words like "internationally agreed" (instead of "locally agreed" or "internationally begrudgingly accepted") and "standard" (implying "the way", and not "a way"), ISO/IEC/IEEE strikes fear into the following, unthinking leaders of companies, who then force the workers to...begrudgingly implement and comply with the "internationally agreed standards".

Anyway, I don't believe that something like testing can be standardized anyway. There simply is no "one size fits all" way to test. "Internationally agreed", or not.

about a month and a half ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

yorgo Re:Which Michael Bolton? (152 comments)

Mod parent up.

http://www.developsense.com/bl... is a treasure-trove of testing (and other) information. Simply reading his (and similar) blogs is an quick, easy, and effective (and free!) way to learn about testing. Also, be sure to check out the blog of James Bach for the same reasons: http://www.satisfice.com/blog/.

about a month and a half ago
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Can ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard" Really Be a Standard?

yorgo Re:Standards (152 comments)

Companies can't do anything. But, people that run companies can. And people that run companies might be leading, thinking, reasonable people. But, very often, they're following, reacting, unreasonable people. People that will blindly follow "standards" simply because they're called "standards". And other people that report to those people must implement and live by those "standards". Even if the "standards" hinder, instead of help.

about a month and a half ago
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EA Tests Subscription Access To Game Catalog

yorgo Smells like Sega Channel (63 comments)

This sounds a bit like Sega Channel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sega_Channel). I was one of the morons subscribers back in the day. Unfortunately, actual did not equal expected. I thought I'd have access to a lot of fun and popular games. In fact, they provided neither.

This tastes the same.

about 3 months ago
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Interviews: Ask "The King of Kong" Billy Mitchell About Classic Video Games

yorgo Donkey Kong Clones? (122 comments)

What is your experience and opinion on the many Donkey Kong clones, like Congo Bongo, Crazy Kong, Konkey Kong, Monkey Kong, Donkey King, or even Popeye?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

yorgo Re:2 pay cuts in 2 years (263 comments)

FWIW, aside from "satisfaction", the other pieces of my "compensation pie" are "salary" (+raise/bonus), "benefits", "time-off", and "investment options".

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

yorgo 2 pay cuts in 2 years (263 comments)

In the past 2 years, I've been at 5 companies and taken 2 pay cuts. All voluntary.

My “compensation pie” is made up of many pieces. Only one of them is salary. The piece of the pie that was sorely missing was "satisfaction" ("happiness", "contentment").

After 2 years, I finally found a company that *wants* me (my skills and what I have to offer), and actually allows me to contribute. This helps fill my "satisfaction" piece of my "compensation pie”.

You need to figure out your own pie pieces, and the size/importance of each.

Meanwhile, I'm confident enough in my abilities that I'm not too worried about future salaries.

about 8 months ago
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Visionary Nintendo President Yamauchi Dies

yorgo Blow on him? (201 comments)

Did anyone try blowing on him?

about a year ago
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How Do You Get Better Bug Reports From Users?

yorgo Write it for someone else (205 comments)

I just held a meeting yesterday with my entire team to discuss this very topic. Generally, I explained that the onus of successful communication lies with the giver (not the receiver). That is, if I want you to understand me, I must communicate in such a way that is understandable by you. (If I speak gibberish, I can't get upset if/when you don't understand me) I explained that submitting a bug report is simply a form of communication, and the the bug report submitter is the "giver" of the communication. Thus, if they want to be understood, they must ensure that their communication is understandable by the receiver. And, since they don't know who the receiver might be, they must make is understandable to the "lowest common denominator" receiver. I said, "If you write a bug report that your grandmother can understand, there is less possibility that it will be misunderstood". I explained that, "if you write a bug report...with the intent that is will be read and used by SOMEONE ELSE...there is a good chance you will write a good bug report." That said, I also implemented a very simple, auto-populate "bug report template" that helps guide and remind users what to enter (ex: "Description of bug, What I did to cause the bug, What I thought was supposed to happen, What actually happened, etc.).

about a year ago
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Speed of Sound Is Too Slow For the Olympics

yorgo First! (255 comments)

Appropriate, for once...

more than 2 years ago
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Why Microsoft Killed the Windows Start Button

yorgo Re:stopped using it? (857 comments)

Sounds like the old, "our goal was to integrate conversations across multiple channels of communication ...We want people to use whatever's easier for them" defense!

more than 2 years ago

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ISO 29119 Software Testing "Standard"

yorgo yorgo writes  |  about a month and a half ago

yorgo (595005) writes "The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will soon publish part 4 of a 5 part series of software testing standards. According to the website, “ISO/IEC/IEEE 29119 Software Testing is an internationally agreed set of standards for software testing that can be used within any software development life cycle or organisation.” However, many in the testing community are against it.

Some wonder how the ISO/IEC/IEEE achieved consensus without their input. James Bach speculates that exclusion helped build consensus. Others, such as Iain McCowatt, argue that something as variable as software testing cannot be standardized, at all. And others believe that the motive behind the standards is not increased quality, but economic benefit, instead. Michael Bolton explains “rent-seeking” as he builds on James Christie’s CAST 2014 presentation, “Standards – promoting quality or restricting competition?”. A comprehensive list of many other arguments, viewpoints, and information has been collected by Huib Schoots. Opponents of ISO 29119 have even started a petition aimed at suspending publication of the standard.

Even so, this might be an losing battle. Gil Zilberfeld thinks that companies will take the path of least resistance and accept ISO 29119.

So, where do you stand? What constitutes a consensus? Can a standard be honored without consensus? Can an inherently sapient activity, such as testing, be standardized, at all? What is the real purpose of a standard? Will companies acquiesce and adopt the standard without question?"
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Ask Slashdot: Nobody Puts Baby Monitor in a Corner

yorgo yorgo writes  |  about 2 years ago

yorgo (595005) writes "Baby 1 is nearly 2, and baby 2 is nearly due. Unfortunately, our baby monitor has monitored its last baby. We had a Best View by Summer Infant that we received as a baby-shower gift. Now we’d like to upgrade. The primary feature we’d like to get is WiFi remote viewing. Therefore, we’ve also expanded our search to include webcams not specifically designed/sold as “baby monitors”. Hopefully, we can use the solution as a nanny and home-security cam in the future. I’ve seen a lot of cool features, but not all together in one product that meets my requirements. The new monitor must have WiFi remote viewing that is accessible (for free!) via smartphones and tablet devices, at least 1-way audio, night-vision, and pan/tilt/zoom. It would also be nice to have alternate connectivity options (such as Bluetooth — for local viewing in case our WiFi connection goes down), 2-way audio, temperature/humidity monitoring, and the ability to view multiple cameras/feeds. I’m not too concerned with lag, video recording, or the ability to play lullabies. Thus far, I’ve researched about 15 different options, but wanted to ask the Slashdotters for their opinion, as well. Any thoughts on baby monitors?"

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