Retrospective 78 – CAO, Certified Agile, Tester, RIP

Our Legacy System’s Creator is Dead

“We just inherited a heavy call center system that needs to be updated/migrated based on Microsoft Access… and the creator of this massive system just died. We have no documentation. Can Agile fix this?”

Yes. I just finished a conversation with a client. Yes, this is a scary place to be in. Yes, we can take an agile-approach to documenting, understanding structural decomposition, migrating, and updating. Yes. It’s all possible.


Please, do yourself a favor. Do not wait until somebody dies to consider upgrading, migrating, documenting, or improving anything within your business.

No guarantees in this life. Prepare for the unexpected now. (Potentially) prepare for the worst now.

CAO – Chief Agile Officer – New Title On the Market

Chief Agile Officer: Charged with employing agile techniques and bringing together teams of business users and technologists.

Hmm. Looks like Agile is taking over the c-level suite with a newly appointed CAO role… Now you can aspire to be a c-level executive in Agile!

A colleague sent me a link and a screenshot of a comment about this new title. I had to LOL in my seat:


An Agile Virtual Office? Beam Me Up, Brody! – Sococo Virtual Collaboration


If you really work alone, without collaborators, then you can skip the rest of this post. It probably won’t matter much to you.

I value agile collaboration. I work with others, at various times and places. If you do, too, then please continue reading…

When you can’t be in the same room or building with your team and others, how can you work together?  Sococo Team Space!  That’s how. You can be remote…yet visibly present and connected…very much so!

Sococo, where were you when I needed you?

I spent most of my past three years working remotely…

I was a full-time member of an awesome organization (NASA), staffed with amazing people (engineers and, yes, rocket scientists!) who engaged in plenty of collaboration around the work (Independent Verification & Validation). I was hired to work from home, with travel as needed to various locations.

To be sure, we made good use–heavy use–of our phones, conference lines, screen sharing apps, content management systems, file sharing, secure virtual private network, messaging and email. That technology stack was good enough that some people would “dial in” to a meeting from the same building! If you are working from a wheelchair, you already know how valuable that technology can be, especially on a hilly, ice-and-snow-covered campus of several buildings! (West Virginia is known as “The Mountaineer State” for good reason!) Continue reading “An Agile Virtual Office? Beam Me Up, Brody! – Sococo Virtual Collaboration”

Certified Agile Tester – New Certification

A new Agile Certification software testing training course, Certified Agile Tester (CAT), has been launched worldwide by iSQI. The training course is supposed to help “software tester’s gain an understanding of their role within an Agile project and teaches them how to apply existing testing skills and new techniques to any Agile project.”

“Agile testing is now a mainstream discipline that in many companies is the preferred approach to systems development for their business critical projects. Certification training courses bring structure and a common language for their software testing to play a key part in an Agile project. The training course is designed to enable students to positively contribute as an Agile team member and help them to appreciate the challenges and difficulties associated with the non-testing activities performed in an Agile testing team, as well as being able to differentiate between the testing role in Agile projects compared with the role of software testers in non-Agile projects.”

Ok. Cool. Another certification. I like the devil eyes on the homepage. I searched through the site to find out why they chose RED EYES for the top image… but couldn’t find one. What do you think it means?

All I know, if you want to be a good QA Tester, you may want to learn how to code first.