Cool things I read this week (22-Feb-2015)

I read. A lot. And I share the five best things I read every week. This week’s topics include Feynman on chess and science, a David Snowden blog post, a bug that ended a relationship, thoughts on WordPress and a cartoon.

1. Feynman on chess and science
2. Describe. Don’t evaluate
3. A bug that ended a relationship
4. Where is WordPress headed?
5. Three departments of every company [CARTOON]


My notes:

1. Feynman on chess and science
Feynman connects chess and science in this video. I have seen this before but as a loyal reader of the wonderful ChessBase, I watched the videos again. Just hearing the word chess mentioned in a positive or neutral context makes my day better.

2. Describe. Don’t evaluate
I’ve been looking up the work of David Snowden after being introduced to the Cynefin framework. I liked this particular blog post. I know he wrote it in a larger context. But as a tester, it made a lot of sense in the testing world too.

3. A bug that ended a relationship
Context matters. This idea of severity and priority that testers hold so dear seems so broken and inadequate. It is extremely hard to classify bugs as big or small bugs before they hit users. Anyway, this is an example of bug that broke up a 5 year relationship.

4. Where is WordPress headed?
I have a love-hate relation with WordPress. It does some things extremely well. But it makes some easy things hard and slow. This was an interesting post on where WordPress is headed. Lots of potential. I’m looking forward to using most of what was mentioned.

5. Three departments of every company [CARTOON] Three divisions in every company I have ever worked with.


UPDATE: This is the last ‘Cool things I read’ post on this blog. I plan to move it to a more coherent place sometime in the near future.

Arunkumar Muralidharan
I want to find out what conditions produce remarkable software. A few years ago, I chose to work as the first professional tester at a startup. I successfully won credibility for testers and established a world class team. I have lead the testing for early versions of multiple products. Today, I run Qxf2 Services. Qxf2 provides software testing services for startups. If you are interested in what Qxf2 offers or simply want to talk about testing, you can contact me at: mak@qxf2.com. I like testing, math, chess and dogs.

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