October 4, 2012 § Leave a comment
I’ll be speaking at the Better Software Conference in Orlando this November. One of the sponsors, techwell.com asked me to share a little more about what led AtTask to embrace a continuously integrated system. When it first came out, I thought our stuff was pretty novel. Now I think it’s just the cost of doing business if you’re selling software on the web.
You can read the whole interview here.
May 2, 2012 § Leave a comment
The video from my talk at Selenium Conference 2012 is now online. I discuss the challenges and opportunities in using cloud infrastructure to run large Selenium suites every check-in. Here’s the abstract:
Most engineering organizations include some level of continuous integration in their development process. The brutal truth is that far too often these efforts are plagued by unreliable tests, long feedback loops, and bad configuration management. Learn how AtTask decided to radically rethink their software development model, and by using open source and cloud solutions went from 3 days of acceptance testing to just minutes, providing feedback on thousands of selenium tests to every engineer in the organization. See how by leveraging publicly available tools, you can deliver hyper-scalability to your Continuous Integration framework and include selenium testing per commit to drive cycle time down in your organization.
April 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
April 26, 2012 § Leave a comment
We’ve finished up our visit to AtTask’s offices in Armenia. It will be a long flight home, but it was great to get some face time with the managers and leads there. As part of this trip, I spoke at the American University of Yerevan to a group of students, project managers, and engineers. The talk was on Massively Continuous Integration, the practice of applying scaling principles to your CI system using the Cloud. Definitely the most purple room in which I’ve spoken.
Honestly, the team did a great job putting on the whole event. We had over 100 people there, with lots of participation both before and after. CI principles aren’t as commonly adopted as I had expected.
The engineering program at this university provides an accredited masters degree. Many of the engineers in our Armenian office are graduates, and we’re looking into the possibility of beginning an internship program as well. I’ve found that with the right mentoring, the delta on productivity between fresh engineers and those with a decade or more of experience can be quite small. It will be interesting to see what can be accomplished in Yerevan in the months ahead.