Author Archives: Alan Page

The Myth of the Degree

There’s been s lot reported lately on the Equifax security breach. Equifax failed to apply a security patch for Apache Struts in a timely manner, and attackers took advantage of this to get at a whole lot of customer data. What we don’t know at this time is whether this was a fluke due to a […]

The Matrix Organization and the Future of Test Management

I stumbled across an article by Steven Sinofsky where he discusses the merits of the Functional vs. Product team (tl;dr – managers of a discipline – e.g. all testers vs. Feature teams). Although the article was published just a year ago, Steve is discussing an organizational change from a decade ago in Windows where development, test, […]

The future of the automation engineer

Although I’ve tried to avoid writing about test automation since publishing The A Word four years ago, I suppose I should probably take some time soon to add a few more chapters before the book (like my last one) becomes largely obsolete. Not too long ago, I posted some predictions. In those predictions, I said: Testers writing […]

Making it Easy to Do Good Work

Time has flown, but it’s now been six months since I quit my job at Microsoft. That’s nothing compared to the 22 years I worked there, but still a minor accomplishment. I won’t rehash the differences between Microsoft and Unity – so I’ll just say it’s a different and (for me) pleasant experience. I spend […]

A call to action: let’s fix the Wikipedia page on software testing

Today, I had a few minutes, and wanted to try, yet again, to make some positive change to the article on software testing on wikipedia I failed. It’s a mess, and I don’t know where to start. It’s too long. It’s unorganized. Many / most of the citations are a decade or more old. Some […]

Predictions and other stupid things

Between my talk at the online testing conference, and in discussions with Brent on AB Testing – and my day job thinking about service quality at Unity, I’ve spent a bunch of time lately pondering the role of the tester in modern software engineering, and what it means for today’s crowd of software testers.   […]

Technical Testing at the Online Testing Conference

In just under 5 days, I’m giving a presentation on Technical Testing at the Online Testing Conference – http://www.onlinetestconf.com/ If you’re wondering, “WTF is technical testing?” I’ll give you my opinions (as well as some examples) along with the usual angry weasel rants. Here’s the twitter preview if you missed it.

Dear Weasel, What do you have against career growth?

The inevitable follow up to my last post is a discussion on career growth, and how to manage it effectively. For the record, I am not against career growth – in fact I think it’s one of the most important parts of my job. What I’m against, is employees making decisions based on growing their […]

Musings on Microsoft

If you can believe it, it’s been 4 months since I left the big M. I miss a lot of people there, but I can’t say I’ve missed working there. Sure, I’m still in the honeymoon phase here at Unity – but so far, it’s been fun, challenging, and most of all, just plain refreshing. […]

A week of bad code

Earlier this month, I spent a week in beautiful Copenhagen at what’s called a R&D Training week. The goal is that every new Unity engineer spends a week at the Copenhagen office, learning about the systems we use, and about engineering at Unity. Granted, since I’m on the services side, a big chunk of the […]

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