Jennifer Dillon (SEP Alum)

Recent Articles

A Few Words About the SEP Fishtank

I’ve had several people tell me they liked the new fishtank design (thank you!), and it was suggested that I do a write-up about the tank.  I’m always happy to talk about it!  I’ll start with some history… How it Began It all started around 10 years ago.  I was interviewing for a position at SEP, […]
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Scrum Master Lessons Detail

Continued from 2013/04/15/lessons-learned-as-a-scrum-master/ Here is my list of lessons learned throughout my tenure as Scrum Master, and I’m sure there are many more that I missed.  These were notes directed to myself, and are very project specific, but they give a decent overview.  Each one of these was something that I messed up at one time […]
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Lessons Learned as a Scrum Master

I have been a Scrum Master for my team of 8-10 since November of 2011, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.  I was very lucky to land this position.  Previously I had done development and testing projects, but my only lead experience was for a team of myself […]
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SEP Blog Battle: Positive Deviance

Deviant – that’s a bad thing, right?  I mean, that’s the common connotation.  A deviant is someone who swerves off the beaten path and is usually frowned upon for it.  Criminal behavior is considered to be deviant.  Deviants have a stigma.  They are different.  They are frowned upon… UNTIL the context changes.  Social context strongly […]
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Code Reviews – the way it should be?

This past Monday and Tuesday, I attended all-day training sessions led by David Hussman.  He’s a big Agile guy, but more than Agile he kind of picks and chooses the parts he believes work – i.e. he’s huge on TDD and pair programming and continuous integration.  Pointedly, he said if you don’t have the chops […]
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Code Review Observers

How many people does it really take to ensure that code is correct?  I’m faced with a bit of a paradox.  On one hand, having ~20 people on a code review seems like overkill.  It has the potential to slow down reviews and create a bottleneck to getting anything done.  On the other hand, what […]
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Lessons Learned in Automated UI Testing

Automated UI testing can be tricky and is very easy to do wrong.  At SEP we’ve done several projects using TestComplete; it is a nice tool, but the early days were painful.  We made every mistake in the book, and learned our lessons the hard way.  These days, our TestComplete testing efforts are pretty slick.  […]
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