Exploration Through Example

Example-driven development, Agile testing, context-driven testing, Agile programming, Ruby, and other things of interest to Brian Marick
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Mon, 23 Aug 2004

I want to visit your site

After XP/Agile Universe, I stayed in Calgary for a day. Instead of going to Banff like a normal person would, I spent that day visiting two companies that had started to drive their projects with business-facing examples. Although they weren't yet doing the style of development I advocate in the book, I thought I could learn from them. I did. But I learned in a particular way. Instead of interviewing them about their practices with an eye toward filling up the book, I rapidly slipped into my normal consulting role: conversing with an eye toward offering advice and answering their questions. A couple of people worried that I wasn't getting what I came for, that they were just getting free consulting. They were, but I also got what I came for. (And who knows, a consulting gig might come of one of them.)

I'd like to do more of that. If you're interested and in one of the places listed below, contact me. The only rules are that you'll have to drive me between places, and that you be a project that's making a concerted effort to use examples/tests to understand the problem to be solved and to explain it to programmers. You don't have to consider that effort a smashing success - though some of that would be nice - you just have to be trying.

Here are the places I'll be for less than a whole week, making it easy to extend my trip:

  • San Jose, California. I can come earlier on the week of September 27.
  • Boulder, Colorado. I could visit on October 12 or October 15.
  • Vancouver, British Columbia. Some time during the week of OOPSLA (October 25).

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WATIR is a project headed by Bret Pettichord and Paul Rogers. They're going to take the existing Web Testing in Ruby framework and push it forward full throttle. This will be a project to watch - and to contribute to.

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Weeding out bugs

Dave Thomas has a masterful blog entry titled Weeding Out Bugs. Check it out.

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About Brian Marick
I consult mainly on Agile software development, with a special focus on how testing fits in.

Contact me here: marick@exampler.com.




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