Tag Archives: testing

Whence QA?

Since the dawn of software, more or less, companies wrote their software in a process that went something like this: Product defines the specifications. Architecture designs it. Engineering/R&D builds it. Quality Assurance (QA) tests it. If it passes, it is scheduled … Continue reading

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Independence Drives Speed

In the last week, I have had several discussions with some really smart technologists, partially focused on what makes technology companies nimble and fast and, therefore, great. In the last article, we discussed hiring 10x people, and especially the way many great employees compound … Continue reading

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Performance Tests Redux

A few weeks ago, “Lies, Damned Lies and Performance Tests,” gave us a great example of how even a good performance test can be ruined through a few (seemingly) small mistakes. Today, let’s revisit performance tests with an example of performance tests … Continue reading

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Lies, Damned Lies and Performance Tests

Mark Twain attributed the phrase “Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics” to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, which suits the Prime Minister’s known wit, although its provenance has been questioned. If Twain or Disraeli had lived in the days of computers and … Continue reading

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Engineer Your Core, But Only Your Core

When do you buy? When do you build? This question of “buy vs. build” is at the heart of many a debate in companies, not only inside engineering teams, but between engineering, product management and executives. Fact #1: Engineering is Hard Engineering … Continue reading

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