A QA Engineer walks into a bar. Orders a beer. Orders 0 beers. Orders 999999999 beers. Orders a lizard. Orders -1 beers. Orders a sfdeljkn.
Dave Thomas (PragDave) has an interesting post regarding the use of the word “Agile”. In it, he argues against the use of “agile” as a noun, preferring using “agility”… fair enough… but like the context driven folks, who would have us use the phrase “automated checks” instead of “automated tests”, I don’t really care. The argument itself may be interesting, but semantic change is a bitch; good luck!
But he also talks about “How to do something in an agile fashion”… which I found most intriguing:
What to do:
• Find out where you are
• Take a small step towards your goal
• Adjust your understanding based on what you learned
How to do it:
When faced with two of more alternatives that deliver roughly the same value, take the path that makes future change easier.
I love the simplicity of this. Additionally, he also states:
“…anyone who comes up with something bigger or more complex is just trying to sell you something.”
Nice work, sir… and for that, I changed my tagline to aid your cause :)
I only have a few traditions with the new year. One is saying “Shmappy Moo Fare”, which is how one says “Happy New Year” in drunk. The other I picked up (among other things) when I lived in Nashville. In the south, it’s considered good luck to eat black eyed peas on New Years Day.
I recall NOT eating black eyed peas in 2013… rather, I made a split pea soup and hoped that’d cover me. Split peas, black eyed peas… what’s the difference. The soup came out okay and that’s exactly how I’d categorize 2013: “meh”.
This year, I resolved to make a soup with dried/soaked black eyed peas and the whole shebang. The hope being, that it would turn out great, and in turn, prophesise a great 2014.
Long story only slightly longer… the soup was fabulous.
Shmappy Moo Fare to all!