Scottish special

How remiss of me, I have just realised we have had an Indian special but have not had a Scottish one despite most of us being in that Scotland.
I have decided to remediate this with a little celebration of things that are great about Scotland, including some of the natives of this fair land (mostly “dreek” but sometime sunny). I am sure you all realise that a great many things have been invented in Scotland, the television, radar, Macs (as in raincoats), some nice art and pub brawling, which originated in Glasgow. Clearly a list of great achievements but nothing compared to the invention of shagging or copulation as they say on Radio 4. It’s true, look at the link below! I don’t know why CityAM covered the story, they clearly have lots of other things to report on, but they did.
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I personally would like to thank Scotland for my children and the many hours of fun I have had. I believe the long suffering Louise also enjoyed herself on the odd occasion too.
Scotland also likes to celebrate on most days of the week, which is a nice thing to do, but I do wonder what there is to celebrate when it rains most of the time and is dark quite a lot. However, they do and often they do it in great style. I have been informed by a reliable source that in all the great houses of Edinburgh they have Scotland’s favourite wine based aperitif but to distinguish themselves from the lower orders they have specialist drinking vessels. Look…
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If you too want to join the upper classes of Edinburgh you can get one here..
The natives of Scotland are great followers of fashion. They wear bright clothing, which I think is to warn people that they are dangerous or at war or something. However, they also like to wear a lot of dead animals which I think harks back to when they were still thinking about inventing shagging and stuff. If you don’t believe me have a look at Tony ‘Clooney’ Ciarletta who celebrates being a throwback by often turning up dressed like this…
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Scottish women are also very keen on what they call ‘hotties’. This opinion I have formed may be a little skewed by sitting next to ‘Finnie’. She seems to spend most of her time looking at pictures of this man..
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and trying to convince me that he is some sort of Web Development recruitment specialist. I am not an ardent follower of celeb news but even I know he is the poor unfortunate who was snared in the Jordan web and who now spends his time selling food that you would never see in Waitrose. I think Finnie needs some help.
Talking of women who like to admire a man. I found Margarita and Lesley glued to the window the other day looking at a man undressing in the car park. He wasn’t in the best of shape but they appeared to enjoy seeing his corpulent body pressed up against the windscreen as he attempted to slip into something less comfortable than that which he turned up in, i.e, trousers. I don’t know who he was but clearly he left the house in a hurry or spends his out of hours time less than dressed. I didn’t mind the ladies having a gawp but I wish they would have done it with a little more decorum, by which I mean, less cackling and licking of the windows. Anyway, the man in question can get one of these to preserve his modesty in the future
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Lookalikes. It’s our very own serious LARPer Tim ‘Scary’ Lear.
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The serious stuff you may want to read….
Claude H sent me this, which having read the blog posts, I suggest you do to.
He just released his book on user story mapping technique last week which I have a copy of here in the office:http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920033851.do
Rod Cain sent me this. Should you fire your product manager?
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Zero Defects is back from his holidays looking a little refreshed and maybe a little less grumpy than he was.

Nice summary of Specification By Example for those looking for a mindset change!

http://red-badger.com/blog/2012/07/31/what-is-specification-by-example/

Test automation = coding = developers, the link includes some great feedback from one of the authors of cucumber (Matt Wynne) on why the best role to automate scenarios are developers not testers. Testing = checking (scenarios)  + exploring (guided free-form), so get testers to contribute to scenarios and also provide excellent exploratory feedback  during the lifetime of the story. Exploratory testing is a critical activity to story delivery  (simultaneous learning, test design and execution).

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/cukes/nHspQzqH85Q

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An interesting article, mainly because it introduced me to a new word – monopsony – which is always good.
If you want to be a good father I suggest you do this. I may not!
Interesting article on Twitter’s new development platform. Clearly they want to make it as easy as possible for developers to use their tools, something we should aim for ourselves with all the services we develop
Is your prototype taking too long?
Do you agree?
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Hope you all have a great weekend. It is half term in the other part of the Kingdom so I will be off for a week and you will be spared this. I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Andrew
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