Performance testing with Apache JMeter

Scrum projects work better when the produced quality is high and with safeguards to keep it high. So automated testing is key. Luckily, many good and free tools are out there. I find that often performance testing is poorly understood or is thought of as some sort of mystical art. In this post I show you how to do basic performance testing with Apache JMeter which you can adapt for your projects. Continue reading

The end of boring placeholder texts!

I’m working on a pretty big project now to build a learning platform for Edu’Actief. Of course, again boring Lorem Ipsum placeholder texts are used in our designs.

For the fun of it, I created last weekend a fun site to generate flowery placeholder texts. So much better than stale Latin… Check out FlowerIpsum.com. Comments are welcome, as are suggestions for more flower names to add to the random list.

Scrum helps: Faster projects

In these “Scrum helps” posts I want to share how Scrum helped my projects. In this first post in a series of 3: How can Scrum help you to deliver results faster.

Lately I had to brainstorm on how to fast track our development. We had had external coaching and I gave it quite some thought. For you Scrum Gurus out there; perhaps I’m stating the obvious, but putting these principles firm and open really helped us getting on the right track. We started off on the right foot, but kind of lost some basic principles. I put focus on 3 principles to gain speed:

  1. Extreme iterative development
  2. Small teams
  3. Clear goals

 

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Hello world!

So, this is my first post on this new blog.

I have many ideas what to put here but it still needs to get a bit of shape and structure. At least I want to share a bit of my life and my findings.

I am a IT project manager, working at the customer application development department of Swets. Really, much is happening and I’m involved in many interesting things, most of them worth sharing.
We are now well underway in a big effort of making our development more agile by using Scrum. The results are pretty positive, but some nuts are hard to crack. I took a very good ScrumMaster training from Jeff Sutherland himself. But then it comes to practice…. About many things I learned a lot from other blogs. I guess that is how I decided to make my own. Share what I know to help other people, and perhaps along the way harvest some useful comments.

Well, get back soon. I’m now up to figure out WordPress ;)