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Legacy Code To Testable Code #1: Renaming

This post is part of the “Legacy Code to Testable Code” series. In the series we’ll talk about making refactoring steps before writing tests for legacy code, and how they make ...
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From Legacy Code To Testable Code–Introduction

The word “legacy” has a lot of connotations. Mostly bad ones. We seem to forget that our beautiful code gets to “legacy“ status three days after writing it. Michael ...
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The Measure Of Success

What makes a successful project? Waterfall project management tells us it’s about meeting scope, time and cost goals. Do these success metrics also hold true to agile projects? Let’s ...
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How To Waste Estimations

We like numbers because of their symbolic simplicity. In other words, we get them. They give us certainty, and therefore confidence. Which sounds more trustworthy: “It will take 5 ...
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The Hidden Cost Of Estimation

“Why would you want a rough estimate, when I can do a more precise one?” And really, if we can do something better, why do it half way? There’s a simple answer, but I’ll give ...
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Metrics: Good VS Evil

Pop quiz: What do earned value, burn-down charts, and coverage reports have in common? They are all reporting a metric, sure. But you could have gotten that from the title. Let’s ...
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Why Testers Are Losing The ISO 29119 Battle

The ISO 29119 is making waves in the testing communities, regarding its content and necessity. Its focus on test planning and documentation gets modern testers to ask why. I’ve worked ...
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Test Attribute #10 – Isolation

This is last, final, and 10th entry in the ten commandments of test attributes that started here. And you should read all of them. We usually talk about isolation in terms of mocking. ...
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Test Attribute #9 – Deterministic

I keep hammering on trust and how it’s crucial that we trust our tests. If a test is deterministic, it raises the level of our trust.  If it isn’t, we may question its result, ...
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Test Attribute #8 – Truthiness

I want to thank Steven Colbert for coining a word I can use in my title. Without him, all this would still be possible, had I not given up looking for a better word after a few minutes. Tests ...
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