Collaboration

Don’t look down! 6 ways to avoid falling into the creativity chasm

I recently ran a workshop on creativity. I pondered how to collaboratively explore something that’s innate but often perceived as something not all of us possess. I decided to shine a light and offer up some triggers. In this post you’ll learn some of those triggers. They'll help amplify creati...

The 5 Commandments of GETTING SH*T DONE

Don’t you hate it when everyone seems to have more time than you to get sh*t done? How do they do it? Over the last 2 years my business partner and I have had something verging on a spiritual experience of collaboration and productivity. As part of this, we coined various phrases that help us sta...

The 3 Problematic Patterns of Dot Voting

Along came dot voting and I was thrilled. I remember the first time we dot-voted at the end of a meeting. It was brilliant and I thought it was a great way for everyone to have their say. It felt like a smart way to agree on something. When teams believe it’s worth voting they deliberately and pu...

The One Forgotten Act of Exploratory Testing

There's a perception that testing always delivers bad news. During an exploratory testing session we tend to spend a lot of time raising problems. But what about appreciating all the good things we discover? There's a huge opportunity to be more grateful – to share the joy of unscripted, goal-driv...

Three Digestible Diagrams to Describe Exploratory Testing

Exploratory testing helps us explore what's in front of us – far beyond only the application – to discover what a product is and what it might be. It's a fantastic way for a team to connect over what they're building. It's something your customers will be grateful for as they reach their ever-ev...

The death of your dev team

Yeah man, we do Agile and Scrum and have stand-ups every morning. Of course we have the odd bump here and there. It's nothing we can't handle. Everyone seems happy and everything is awesome. We're like way better than other dev teams out there. Right now you might think your product development tea...

An alternative way to talk about our craft: Learnings from Tuesday Night Testing

The timer buzzed and Mark was cut off from speaking. Such is the abruptness of Lean Coffee. A majority of upwards facing thumbs appeared on the many video screens in front of me. The discussion continued as I frantically captured notes. Luckily I didn't have my early morning fuzzy head on. It was ...

How to improve collaboration with this one simple prioritisation technique

Done. Right. What's next? Development teams are great at picking up tasks. Give them the next ticket, story or issue and they run with it. Let's turn whatever it is into a set of tasks and get crackin'! Teams might step back to question details but miss an opportunity to take a leap back. What if...

How to run Tuesday Night Testing

"How about we do something on a Tuesday night? Nobody goes out on a Tuesday night. We could call it Tuesday Night Testing? Or TNT for short!". Little did I know that the next day I would take my slightly flippant idea seriously. Inspired by Weekend Testing and Lean Coffee I felt an urge to experi...

Mindset or methodology? Software Testing Clinic – Session 7: Agile Testing

The stakeholder can only speak to the BA who can only speak to the developer who probably won't speak to the tester. Time's up! Did you do any testing? This was Waterfall in its full glory, recreated during Session 7 of the Software Testing Clinic. I couldn't get enough of how awkward it felt with...
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