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and don't want to ask the individuals doing the work to manually record things like how long it takes them to perform a given task Here's the problem. You basically want to create meaningful metrics, without measuring the only thing that matters. Nearly all of your users won't care about how fast the code itself is unless it causes a noticeable impact ...


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You mean, aside from the whole "giant production bugs leads to QA people getting fired" invested? At least in some companies I've worked, QA served as second tier technical support. They would get called alongside (or before) developers if an issue appeared in the field, since they often had a better grasp on the quirks of the shipped product than ...


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I'd say there are plenty of companies that do this. IBM for one big (400k+ people) one (I work there). There are lots of old applications, some running on mainframes that haven't been touched in years, and now can't really be changed, ever. They could be replaced, but it is hard to replicate their function exactly without full test coverage. There are ...


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But how are testers, aside from attitude towards their work, vested in the releases they test? So your developers only care because they might be oncall for night/weekends? If this is the case you are in a very rough situation. Because that team is much less vested in their work than you realize. If they only thing holding them accountable is a fear of ...


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You want to eliminate "professionalism and attitude" from the equation which is the only thing that will stand the test of time. It doesn't matter what job you do, if you treat your job as a profession you will always be looking to improve, which naturally makes one vested. Those who treat their job as a job, tend to just do what is necessary and may or may ...


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There are many companies that claim to provide "commercial off the shelf" (COTS) products that will replace your legacy systems. My observations: If the system being replaced adheres strongly to some standard, then a COTS solution is likely to be a good fit. Examples are enterprise accounting, payroll and tax packages provided by companies like SAP, IBM ...


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I've been faced with this, and the answer is: For someone experienced in performance tuning, the new code can be tuned so almost no code can go faster. Here's an example. The reason is, there is a minimum length of time the task can take, and it's greater than one cycle. There are many, many programs that can do the task, and one or more of them take less ...


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Vagrant has several provisioning options, including Chef or simply Shell scripts. If you are using one of these techniques to provision your EC2 instances, you should be able to use the same technique to provision your Vagrant started instances. If, on the other hand, you're setting up your EC2 instances by hand, then you're outta luck. Note, this assumes ...


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Involve them in every step of the process. Have them attend future design meetings. Have them present during pre-grooming and grooming if doing agile Emphasize the importance of always asking question "So, how will we test this?" during grooming. Have them present during daily scrum if you have one Have them work on test plans with developers - before the ...



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