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Guest blog: in response to "The Five Belts of the Product Owner

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:37
This is a response to Chris Lukassen's excellent post titled, "The Five Belts of the Product Owner." If you haven't read it, my post won't make much sense, so go read it before you delve further into my post. Chris's post brought up many thoughts and feelings because it hit the intersection of two of

A day in the life of an mbot

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 16:44
Today, I managed to find a diary hidden on one of the mbots we have at the office. I couldn't see it in the user interface, but when I was doing some maintenance on the robot a simple 'ls -la' command in the terminal showed me this hidden content. It was so cute that I wouldn't

Being An Agile Security Officer

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 13:31
Whenever I give a presentation, training, or just talk to security teams, it becomes clear that over the years a gap has been created between application security and development. A gap we created consciously and with intent and that became painfully visible with the introduction of Agile and DevOps. Suddenly exhaustive information security policies with

ISO/IEC 27001:2013 and Scrum 5 Ways to Make it Less Painful

Sat, 10/15/2016 - 12:48
At some point, you get a nose for things that don’t feel right. Things that sound reasonable when explained, yet you get that gnawing feeling it sort of goes against nature. Working with Scrum and compliance to ISO is one of those things. Here are 5 ways to merge a rigid security standard, without violating

Improve Team Collaboration by Co-creating a Team Poster

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 14:18
Do you have a scrum team consisting of individual players? Does your team know why it exists in the first place? Do the team members know eachother's personal preferences for doing the things they do? Are they aware of what they find important as a team? A Team Poster crafted by the team itself will

The Five Belts Of The Product Owner

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 08:35
One of the cool things that Europeans added to Judo is the belt system. Japanese are patient by nature, they either do or don't. In fact they distinguish only the black belt, you either have it or are progressing towards it. We need a bit more guidance to know we are on the right way,

Running Robot Framework's Remote Server as Java agent

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 07:48
Robot Framework is a great automated testing tool that uses a keyword-driven approach. When you want to run Robot Framework tests within the context of a running system-under-test you can load Robot Framework's RemoteServer as a java agent. This is not something that comes out of the box so we will explain how to do

The 3 Pillars of Successful Products or Why Project Ara was Cancelled

Mon, 09/12/2016 - 14:37
Google managed to surprise both the market as well as the fans by cancelling the Project Ara modular phone. But from a Product Owner point of view it was no surprise. Ara phones lack a fundamental pilar that makes a product successful. Context: Ara what? In 2013 Google announced to build the Ara phone. A

The Robot Framework Remote Library Interface: using the Remote Database Library to connect to IBM DB2

Wed, 09/07/2016 - 15:58
In the aftermath of my Robot Framework workshop at the Xebia 2015 TestWorks Conf, I received several e-mails from people who had attended the workshop. They were asking questions and describing (smaller and larger) problems surrounding various aspects of their test automation efforts with the Robot Framework. Some of these questions and problems are identical to those that, as a consultant, I encounter

More Effective Team With Less Efficient Workers!

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 09:11
Methods based on Agile and the Kanban Method both stimulate collaboration to achieve focus and flow. In practice this is often challenged by teams with specialists who have a tendency to maximize the utilization of the specialists. So, is a team with a focus to finish work more effective than a team with focus on

Dockerised Jenkins 2 on Google Cloud Platform

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 13:03
Any company doing serious software development needs a platform. The platform allows the company to build and test software and support running all applications. I have had a lot of experience with a platform based on AWS, Docker, and CoreOS using Fleet for orchestration. But being as curious as I am, I wanted to look

Help Me Create a Better Way to Prioritise Features

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 09:37
Do you remember the legendary PID? the Project Initiation Document. The famous big binder that we used to create in the beginning of a project to satisfy governance and then bury in a drawer so we could get started. Then agile came and we broke things down. We learned story maps, customer journeys, vision statements,

The Legend of the 5 Monkeys, the Doctor and the Rose

Mon, 08/15/2016 - 17:16
As Product Managers people look up to us to carry the vision, to make sure all the noses are aligned, the troops are rallied and that sort of stuff. But what is it that influences behavior? And what makes your team do what they do? The answer has more to do with you than with

Mapping Biases to Testing: Confirmation Bias

Mon, 08/08/2016 - 20:24
I use terminology from earlier blog posts about biases. If you have missed those posts, read part 1 here. I explain the terminology there. In the second post I wrote about the Anchoring Effect. Let me state the ‘bad news’ up front: you cannot fully avoid the confirmation bias. That’s actually a good thing, because

Seven Reasons why Darth Vader is a Terrible Product Manager

Sat, 07/30/2016 - 17:35
It’s not that I have run out of Samurai parallels but I ran into this blog called: “Darth Vader - The Best Project Manager in the Galaxy” and since it’s my sincere belief that this sword wielding (see there is a samurai parallel!) manager actually displays some pretty terrible Product Management Skills: Here are 7

Scrum Day Europe 2016

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 10:50
During the 5th edition of Scrum Day Europe, Laurens and I facilitated a workshop on how to “Add Visual Flavor to Your Organization Transformation with Videoscribe.” The theme of the conference, “The Next Iteration,”  was all about the future of Scrum. We wanted to tie our workshop into the theme of the conference, so we had

The Ultimate Tester: Wrap-Up

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 16:14
To everyone who has read all or some of the past blog posts in this series: thank you so much for reading. I hope I have given you some food for thought on where you can improve as a tester (or developer who tests!).  In four blog posts, we explored what it takes to become

Our Answer To the Alert Storm: Introducing Team View Alerts

Thu, 07/21/2016 - 11:39
As a Dev or Ops it’s hard to focus on the things that really matter. Applications, systems, tools and other environments are generating notifications at a frequency and amount greater than you are able to cope with. It's a problem for every Dev and Ops professional. Alerts are used to identify trends, spikes or dips