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Why are developers against testability?

A number of times in my career, I’ve come across developers who were determined that application code should never be changed just to facilitate testing. Even when everybody recognizes that flakey tests are a problem, somehow adding testability features to the app itself to fix that flakiness is beyond the pale. It is a belief… Read more

Scaling the y-axis of Kibana visualizations

Have you ever googled something so many times without success that you thought it must be impossible, only to later realize that you just weren’t using the right words? It happened to me this week, so I’m posting this in the hopes that someone else using the same language I was using might find their… Read more

Adventures with escaping quotes in Jenkins pipelines

It seems inevitable that if you deal with writing pipelines in Jenkins, you’ll run into issues dealing with quotation marks in commands. Escaping quotes is a special nightmare in shell scripts generally, but Jenkins adds yet another layer of confusion on top of that. I’m going to cut through that layer and find out what… Read more

Testing in 2020, according to my Twitter bookmarks

It goes without saying that 2020 was a weird year for everybody. I wasn’t nearly as active on Twitter as I was last year, but thought I would try this again anyway. Just a few highlights from the testing twittersphere, based on what I thought to bookmark throughout the year. In no particular order, first… Read more

Three notes on Value Streams

These are some scattered notes from a DevOps Toronto meetup earlier this year. These are highlights from a presentation by Steve Pereira on value stream mapping. I’ve been finding making value streams explicit, whether formal or not, a key part of my role evolving from testing to DevOps more generally. One of the basic strategic… Read more