Pickles - generate SpecFlow documentation from MsBuild and PowerShell

If your doing specification by example or BDD you will soon realize that the tooling still points towards developers. WIth that I mean, that Cucumber and SpecFlow allows you to write your (executable) specifications in plain text, but you still check it into the source repository. This is of course a good thing since you’d want to version the specification with your code - but it also effectively hides it and keeps the spec out of reach for any non-developing member of the team. Make no mistake here: the .feature-file is the master and original. That’s how it should be since it’s versioned together with the code. But we want everyone in the team to be able to read the specifications and see the test result easily. So we generate documentation off the .feature-files. Pickles is a nice OSS framework that helps you solve this problem by generating documentation in a variety of formats from your...
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Nancy.Testing - configure her boot...strapper

This is the second post in my series on the awesome testability of Nancy - a minimalistic web framework on the .NET / Mono platform. Let's throw in the logo again - it so nice. The other posts can be found here: 1. Intro to testing with Nancy 2. The Configurable bootstrapper(this post) 3. The Browser and Response objects 4. Hat and shoeless testing with Simple.Data 5. SpecFlow and Nancy This post covers a basic feature that makes up much of the awesomeness that is around configurability in Nancy testing: the configurable bootstrapper. There's a wiki-post on testing on the Nancy Github wiki but it leaves the ConfigurableBootstrapper with a mere mentioning. I think it deserves a deeper look, since you through this actually can control and swap out most anything from the Nancy framework. Even ViewEngines and the NancyEngine itself are possible to change to something that suits you better....
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Nancy.Testing - a closer look through her testability

For quite some time I've been a fan and proponent of a .net web framework called Nancy. She describe herself like a: "a lightweight, low-ceremony, framework for building HTTP based services on .Net and Mono" and she looks like the picture on the side. There's much to admire about Nancy (a working web app in a tweet is really cool) and the code and features are pure quality from start to finish, much to the work that @theCodeJunkie (Andreas Håkansson) and @grumpydev (Steven Robbins) is putting in, with the help of a growing and engaged community. The thing that really blowed me away when I first saw it was the testing abilities of Nancy. She's built for testing from the word Go and that gives us some nice features to play with. I thought I devote a couple of posts to the testing abilities of Nancy, here's what I have planned: 1....
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How to run a LeanCoffee discussion

On a Sunday night a got a mail that asked me to do a presentation tomorrow. New client. Want to put best foot forward. :) So I threw one together and here’s the run down of it. Thinking of recording it and put it up somewhere too. Lean Coffee is a way to hold meetings and gathering that allows for free discussions while still keeping some structure to it. It resembles Open Space Technology but is much easier to set up and run, and often run in small groups. Even thought the concept is called Lean Coffee is suitable for discussing most any subject and topics. Lean Coffee started in Seattle in 2009. Jim Benson and Jeremy Lightsmith first Lean Coffee group has inspired a lot of others around the globe. I’ve taken part in the one in Stockholm LeanKaffeSump quite a few time, but have also run them as...
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Team marketplace - how we splitted a big 40 person team into 5 small in 2 hours

I have a new coaching assignment at Tradera which is the Swedish branch of Ebay. I’ve been there about 30 hours during the last three years, mostly doing presentations and courses. In a way it feels like I’ve been part in what they have done, but only as a bystander. This gig looks like a lot of fun and I’ve always been impressed by the technical excellence there and the willingness to adopt new things and change. I was thrown right in at the deep end as they were about to reorganize their big team (30-40 people) into 5 smaller teams with particular features to look after. The first thing they wanted help with was some input around HOW to go about organizing this. And make no mistake - they we’re well on their way doing this in a excellent way already. I merely supplied some confirmation and ideas. The good thing...
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On constraints

As always it’s hard to boot up all processes in a new year. The blogging process apparently was down prioritized by my internal product owner. Well - he’ll have to stand back: I’m on it again. For quite some time I have pondered constraints. They fascinates me quite a lot. Especially the ones that we take upon ourselves. In fact: I would go so far as to say that nothing good comes from having no constraints. Let’s go back a bit in my thoughts and see if I can clarify why. In reality this post is just a couple of examples of self-imposed constraints and what good they can have. Toyota and TPS First let’s stop, again, at Toyota. Why did they invent TPS (Toyota Production System)? What drove them there? It’s a quest that they’ve been on since the 50-ies and never will be done with. Put simply; they...
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Have presentations - will travel

I have a couple of slow weeks before my next assignment starts for real, so as an early Christmas gift Aptitud and I thought that we could give away some presentations for free. Please contact me on marcusoftnet at gmail or @marcusoftnet if you are interested in hearing any of the presentations below. No charge (saved any travel costs outside Stockholm… and the obligatory cup of strong, black coffee) and no strings attached. [UPDATED] I have now booked my calendar to a suitable level (almost full). The response on this post was just overwhelming and I got 7 different gigs including a whole day at one company and a contact in Brasil (!). Might do this again. Longing to be bored again. These are the presentations that I can give with an hours notice: Subject Description Level Duration A practical introduction to Kanban This presentation will give you introduction to Kanban and...
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Hello Aptitud!

So as I wrote this Friday I have now left Avega Group after 8 great years. Many people asked me what I was up to now and I held the “news” until today to handle one feeling at the time. I also have been keeping this to myself and as quiet as possible out of respect to Avega. There’s nothing drastic going on (yet, he said mysteriously) in what I will be doing day-to-day; still consulting/contracting in lean/agile coaching, with a practical focus. I have a hunch that says that I will be doing more and more around ImpactMapping soon. But where? Where?!, they demanded over and over again. Well here’s the thing that really excites me; I’m going to a small (9 people) consultancy firm called Aptitud. Great people whereof many I know since before. Having met the crew a couple of time I can safely say that this will...
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Good bye Avega!

Today is the last day I work for Avega Group. It’s the best place I ever worked at to date. I’ve been there for almost 8 years and see the company grow from 50 people to about 400 people. During this time I’ve learned a lot from a lot of amazing people. I’ve grown as person and in my career to someone that I never thought that I could be. A lot of this has been due to the support Avega and all the people there have given me. To say good bye properly I recorded a little (8 mins) movie with some memories from the Avega office that I will carry with me forever. It’s in Swedish so for all you english people (68% according to Google Analytics) I’m sorry about that, but this one goes out to my colleagues at Avega. Avega - I love you! I've had the time of my...
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Autonomy in action - school kids

Today I rode the tram to work and was faced with the barbarian horde of school kids going the other way; to their school. After I had managed not be run down and falling of the tracks from them running towards the closing doors of the train, I got an image in my head. School kids and teacher are excellent examples of command and control vs autonomy in action. In this blog post I’ll contrast the two models of management and see if there’s any similarities with our normal working conditions. Command and control Imagine the whole school going to a boring outing, probably to a place the have been to many times before. To learn stuff that they are not interested in (by now you realize that this is TOTALLY made up - that would NEVER happen in real school. right :)). For a school with, say, 500 pupils organising that...
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