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Quality Code

Software Testing Principles, Practices, and Patterns

Quality Code shows you how to test code and what testable code looks like.

Test-driven, test-first, and test-early development practices are helping thousands of software development organizations improve their software. The book builds on all that’s been learned about test-driven development, helping you achieve unprecedented levels of first-time quality. Using real-world code examples, this guide introduces patterns, principles, and more than two dozen detailed techniques for testing any software system more fully, effectively, and painlessly. It presents a conceptual framework to help you focus your efforts and design recommendations for improving testability across the software lifecycle, and also provides hands-on guidance to simplify testing of the full spectrum of code constructs. You’ll learn how to choose the best testing techniques for every situation, from the most common scenarios to threading. Two complete case studies put it all together, walking you through testing a brand-new Java application and an untested “legacy” JavaScript jQuery plugin. Whether you’re developing cutting-edge code for a new start-up, or maintaining an unruly old system, this guide will help you deliver exactly what you need: quality code.

Agile 2014

July 28-August 1, 2014

Secrets of Agile Estimation: Math, Myths, and Methods

You know how to play Planning Poker and compute velocity. Do you know why it works? When you decide to change the recipe, do you know whether you're preserving the integrity of the system? Do you know when you've reached the limits of story points? Do you know whether you are ready for cycle time?

Let's go beyond practicing Agile estimation and move to truly understanding it. Find out several common mistakes in using story points. Improve the effectiveness of your story pointing practice. Recognize the smells of a stagnating estimation practice. Use cycle time to evaluate the effectiveness of your existing estimation strategy. Learn the real pre-conditions to apply cycle time and make them work for you.

With this session, you will have the knowledge to guide your team through any estimating exercise with greater skill and confidence. You will know how to answer the hard questions the skeptics always have as you evolve your estimation practice. Ultimately, you will provide better visibility and forecasts to your organization.


October 12-17, 2014

Building Quality In: Adopting the Tester's Mindset

When trying to improve the development process, agile and lean transformations often start by focusing on engineering. Product management and development get a lot of attention; however, tester is not one of the defined Scrum roles. Despite the attention given to automated tests in agile, many transformations seem lost in knowing how to engage testers —; and testers struggle to find their place. But the tester’s mindset―applying an investigatory and explorative perspective for empirical and hypothesis-driven improvement — is essential to agile transformation at all organizational levels, from the individual team to the board room. Stephen Vance shows how applying the tester’s mindset at the beginning of development more effectively supports efforts to build quality in — rather than detecting problems after they occur. Learn how to flip your thinking by applying the tester’s mindset to drive change, incorporating ideas from software craftsmanship, systems thinking, lean manufacturing, lean startup, Net Promoter System, and more.

Jenny's Pet Care, LLC

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Dog walking, play group, and boarding serving Metrowest Boston since 2010

Jenny's Pet Care, LLC provides professional, dependable and loving care for animals in the MetroWest Boston area.

Jenny and her husband, Steve, have many years of experience caring for dogs, cats, and other animals. We want to help you give your pet the love, attention, and exercise they deserve.

Whether you are away at work, off on a business trip, or taking a much needed vacation, you can do it with the confidence that your pet is happy and well cared for until you return.