Very Short Blog Posts (21): You Had It Last!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014 13:51 PM

Sometimes testers say to me “My development team (or the support people, or the managers) keeping saying that any bugs in the product are the testers’ fault. ‘It’s obvious that any bug in the product is the tester’s responsibility,’ they say, ‘since the tester had the product last.’ How do I answer them?” Well, you […]

Throwing Kool-Aid on the Burning Books

Sunday, November 02, 2014 17:10 PM

Another day, and another discovery of an accusation of Kool-Aid drinking or book burning from an ISO 29119 proponent (or an opponent of the opposition to it; a creature in the same genus, but not always the same species). Most of the increasingly vehement complaints come from folks who have not read [ISO 29119], perhaps […]

Testing is…

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 16:36 PM

Every now and again, someone makes some statement about testing that I find highly questionable or indefensible, whereupon I might ask them what testing means to them. All too often, they’re at a loss to reply because they haven’t really thought deeply about the matter; or because they haven’t internalized what they’ve thought about; or […]

Facts and Figures in Software Engineering Research (Part 2)

Thursday, October 23, 2014 02:13 AM

On July 23, 2002, Capers Jones, Chief Scientist Emeritus of a company called Software Productivity Research gave a presentation called “SOFTWARE QUALITY IN 2002: A SURVEY OF THE STATE OF THE ART”. In this presentation, he shows data on a slide titled “U.S. Averages for Software Quality”. (Source: http://bit.ly/1rj19Ol, accessed September 5, 2014) It is […]

Facts and Figures in Software Engineering Research

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 01:44 AM

On July 23, 2002, Capers Jones, Chief Scientist Emeritus of a company called Software Productivity Research, gave a presentation called “SOFTWARE QUALITY IN 2002: A SURVEY OF THE STATE OF THE ART”. In this presentation, he provided the sources for his data on the second slide: SPR clients from 1984 through 2002 • About 600 […]

A Response to Anne Mette Hass

Saturday, September 20, 2014 05:42 AM

In response to my earlier blog post, I received this comment from Anne Mette Hass. I’m going to reproduce it in its entirety, and then I’ll respond to each point. I think this ‘war’ against the ISO standard is so sad. Nobody has set out to or want to harm anybody else with this work. […]

Dramatis Personae

Thursday, September 18, 2014 05:36 AM

On September 8, Stuart Reid, the convenor of the Working Group, posted a response to the Stop 29119 petition that included this paragraph: (The petitioners claim that) “The standards ‘movement’ is politicized and driven by big business to the exclusion of others. A large proportion of the members of WG26 are listed at our About […]

Weighing the Evidence

Friday, September 12, 2014 18:59 PM

I’m going to tell you a true story. Recently, in response to a few observations, I began to make a few changes in my diet and my habits. Perhaps you’ll be impressed. I cut down radically on my consumption of sugar. I cut down significantly on carbohydrates. (Very painful; I LOVE rice. I LOVE noodles.) […]

Construct Validity

Tuesday, September 09, 2014 18:42 PM

A construct, in science, is (informally) a pattern or a means of categorizing something you’re talking about, especially when the thing you’re talking about is abstract. Constructs are really important in both qualitative and quantitative research, because they allow us to differentiate between “one of these” and “not one of these”, which is one of […]

Frequently-Asked Questions About the 29119 Controversy

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 19:11 PM

This is a first stab at a frequently-asked questions list about the movement to stop ISO 29119. Here I speak for myself, and not for the community. If you see “we”, it refers to my perception of the community at large, but not necessarily to the whole community; your mileage may vary. There is plenty […]