July 2015

Programming by Emptying the Disagreement Domains

May 2015

Emery's Law


October 2014

Diagnostic assertions

Using Git With Subversion Repositories


October 2012

Testing and team effectiveness

Standardize practices to aid moving people around?

February 2012

Page Object Puzzle


December 2011

Testing with Variables

Not an Estimating Problem (Lightning Keynote)

November 2011

Frank(enstein), Victor, Shelley, and Igor: Tools for Testing iOS Applications

January 2011

Towers Episode 1: The Reclining Ribcage

What JUnit Rules are Good For


December 2010

Using Rules to Influence JUnit Test Execution

One Small Thing

November 2010

The Certification Prime Directive

August 2010

Questions to Explore Problems

July 2010

A Human Bias Toward Standards of Perfection

June 2010

Bob and Dale Chat about Social Challenges at Work

Problem Statement Smells

March 2010

Four Layers in Automated Tests


December 2009


November 2009

Writing Maintainable Automated Acceptance Tests

May 2009

Too Much To Ask

April 2009

Enthusiasm as a Human Resource

March 2009

The Anatomy of a Responsibility

February 2009

Planned Response Systems


December 2008

Beware Accounting Errors

Testing is an Information Service

September 2008

Interviewing Characters: Follow the Energy

July 2008

Loopy Conversations: What versus how, means versus ends, requirements versus design choices

June 2008

Introducing Gibberizer: Automated Gibberish

Key Bindings in Eclipse/RCP Applications

May 2008

Developing Story Ideas by Clustering

Code coverage does not imply test coverage

Fantasy and Science Fiction July 2008

Scenes and Beats

February 2008

Writing Excuses Podcast

Writing with Variables


October 2007

NaNoWriMo 2007: Many Happy Returns

Non-parallel parallels

The CwD Shuffle

August 2007

Leading Horses to Water

January 2007

Example of a professional book sales pitch

Outlining and strawberries


December 2006

Developing Agile Teams

October 2006


DaNoFiWriMo Progress

Reflections from DaNoFiWriMo Week 3

Reflections from DaNoFiWriMo Week 2

Join Me at the AYE Conference

Reflections from DaNoFiWriMo Week 1

September 2006

What Questions Do You Have About Resistance?

Rewriting the Story of Resistance


March 2006

Naming Unit Tests




November 2005

Multitasking and Conflict

August 2005

How I Became a Coach

The Acceptance Question

The Pecker Principle

May 2005


April 2005

The Unbearable Lightness of Faking

Test Classes in Isolation and in Collaboration

The Resistance as a Resource Game

March 2005


The Unwritten Rule of the Unwritten Rule

Guidelines for Defining, Writing, and Maintaining Policies

February 2005

What Do You Want From Tests?

January 2005

The Ladder of Delegation

Promoting Change When People Prefer Familiarity


October 2004

Permission to Help

August 2004

The Structure of Power






Your Needs for Workshops about Power and Leadership

The Law of Conservation of Frustration

Valuing Activity


July 2004

The Purpose of Automation



June 2004

The Prime Project Failure Factor

Agility and Service

Trust, Disappointment and Choice

May 2004

Misrepresenting Mehrabian

Emery's Ironclad Test of Best Practices

Project Watch: Olympic Stadium

Confusion is Information

Interacting Flows: Value, Authority, and Communication

April 2004

Dimensions of Software Testing

Aggregates and the Imbalance of Power

March 2004

A Spiral Method Writing Session

Experiences with The Spiral Method

The Spiral Method for Writing Zeroth Drafts

Testing Needs and Wants

February 2004

The Structure of Values

January 2004

Tests for Listening

Strategies for Stability

Crucial Conversations

My Favorite Books of 2003


December 2003


A Story of Resistance Resolved

A Relationship is a Story

Appreciate the Work

A Simple Measurement

November 2003

Plan for the Present

Books about Writing

Writing with Power

Writing Down the Bones


Writing the Natural Way

Being a Writer

Writing from the Inside Out

October 2003



September 2003

The Change Agent's Offer



The Null Process

Third Person Underhanded

Good Questions

Risk and Commitment

August 2003

Divide and Conquer

Estimates Are Not Commitments

Frames of Reference

July 2003

Open Space Technology

Sustaining a Group

People Resist Change?


June 2003

The Weight of Words

Defining Project Success

Congruence and the Prime Directive

The Second Directive

Creating Empathy

The Benefits of Failure

Don't Be Nice, Be Real

Famous Leadership Case Study

The Value Question

May 2003

Willing to Change

Discouraging Generalizations

The Cheeseburger Talk

Meet People Where They Are

The Broccoli Principle

Saying Yes, Letting Go

After All We've Done for Them

Alison's Advice Advice

April 2003

Banish the Scope Creep


Turning to One Another

I Don't Have Time

Dale Emery, Bureaucrat

Reversing the Definition Game

Quality is Time

Alignment, Accountability, and Priorities

Walking to the Horizon

The Responsibility Razor

Success, Belief, and Identity

March 2003

Joy, Value, and Meaning

Managing Yourself Through Change