On Non-functional Testing

Here's a quick thought: non-functional testing of a system is developing for QA.

Huh?

Yep. Oh, sure, not in every way—but it offers the same traps as developing for coders. Being aware of this helps testers avoid this trap, and be a bit more empathic towards the dev guys …

Lean Throughput and Efficiency KPIs

tl;dr | Throughput and efficiency are qualities you must keep an eye on in a small tech startup. Through KPIs we can understand these qualities and drive them forward. I propose we use the product roadmap as the basis for these KPIs, and I show how we're doing this at …

Slimming down your MVP

Wow, you've just had this epiphany, a business idea like no other, you jump out of your chair, Eureka! Now you want to know, if it'll work, if you really should sell your neighbors cat, and tap your life insurance.

So, you sink back in your chair, call up your …

Dreaming of Quality (Engineers)

I love mentoring and teaching for many reasons, but also because it forces me to clarify my thoughts. Planning today's 1:1 with one of our QA/QC engineers helped me realize what I really want from a QA/QC engineer.

Let's start with something familiar: software engineering.

Software engineering …

When She did Great and I Failed

You should have stayed in bed. Things went south. The shit hit the fan. And they ask you: what went wrong?

To team leads and my future self: That's the day when you have to remember two simple rules:

  1. (When they ask because they're happy) He did great. Oh, and …

Joining Toastmasters in Cebu

Now it's done: I joined my first Toastmasters club, Cebu Toastmasters!

Joining Toastmasters is another step I'm taking in my journey to hopefully one day become a great CTO and leader. Fixing one's flaws is a must, and public speaking is one of mine, no doubt.

So, this Thursday I …

Opening engageSPARKs Learning Sessions

This January the engageSPARK dev team started Open Learning sessions. If you're interested in tech and are in Cebu: please come and join us! So far we've explored topics from a wide range: Ansible, why sleep is important, tech excellency, SCARF (an approach to build awesome teams), DevOps.

Open Learning …

Services I Provide to the Team

This week, I thought about my roles and responsibilities as CTO and particularly what I'm not there for. On the way, I realized I am a service provider for the team. What services do I provide? I came up with the following: Guide, Safety Net, Foot on the Gas Pedal …

I Thought You Give Us the Goals

“I thought you give us the goals.” That was the reaction when I asked our QA engineers: Where do you think QA should be at the end of the year?

What made me pause for a second is what I'm reading all over the leadership literature: I'm responsible for setting …