Author Archives: iesavage

About iesavage

Oregon software quality pioneer. Writing about quality, Oregon, software, and pioneering in no particular order.

Agile Software Quality Management

Friends in the quality and agile communities, I had the pleasure of presenting once again at the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference last month. Here is my presentation:  ASQM for PNSQC The plan is to continue developing this framework an … Continue reading

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Why I Dislike “Non-functional” Requirements

Over the years, I have said bad things about the term “non-functional” when used in conjunction with “requirements.” Until today my best argument is that the term “non-functional” already has a meaning – in the vernacular it means “not working.” … Continue reading

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Right brain, left brain

Summary: As my journey toward reconciling the two halves of my brain continues, I have realized that my left brain (the analytical half) is building scaffolding out toward my right brain (the feelings half). The rest of the story: I … Continue reading

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Better quality from less testing

Alternative titles: Death of the Iron Triangle Attributes Testing for Software Quality Driven Development Part 1: Using test matrices to prioritize your testing and risk taking Part 2: Iron Triangle demise: Project constraints are product variables, too Part 3: Flow … Continue reading

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Quality management elevator speech

“So, what do you do?” asks the company president. Influential people ask these things. It’s a valid question and deserves a solid answer AND it is a great opportunity gain a strong ally.  She truly wants to know my general … Continue reading

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Tester location scenarios

Quality ownership scenarios for developers large and small.

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What Testers Do

A recent tweet claimed, rightly, that we testers lose effectiveness when we cannot describe what we do and what we are doing.  I agree.  And toward having a general response to that “What do you do?” question, I submit the … Continue reading

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