Author Archives: Alan Page

A Little Q & A

I took some time recently to answer some questions about Combined Engineering, Data-Driven Quality, and the Future of Testing for the folks at the A1QA blog. Check it out here.

HWTSAM – Six Years Later

We’re less than a week away from the sixth anniversary of How We Test Software at Microsoft (some chapters were completed nearly seven years ago). Recently I was considering a new position at Microsoft, and one of my interviewers (a dev architect and also an author) said that he had been reading my book. I […]

Don’t Go Changing…

My last post dove into the world of engineering teams / combined engineering / fancy-name-of-the-moment where there are no separate disciplines for development and test. I think there are advantages to one-team engineering, but that doesn’t mean that your team needs to change. First things First I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s worth saying again. […]

To Combine… or not?

I talk a lot (and write a bit) about software teams without separate disciplines for developers and testers (sometimes called “combined engineering” within the walls of MS – a term I find annoying and misleading – details below). For a lot of people, the concept of making software with a single team falls into the […]

The Myths of Tech Interviews

I recently ran across this article on nytimes.com from over a year ago. Here’s the punch line (or at least one of them): “We looked at tens of thousands of interviews, and everyone who had done the interviews and what they scored the candidate, and how that person ultimately performed in their job. We found […]

The Weasel Returns

I’m back home and back at work…and slowly getting used to both. It was by far the best (and longest) vacation I’ve had (or will probably ever have). While it’s good to be home, it’s a bit weird getting used to working again after so much time off (just over 8 weeks in total). But […]

An Angry Weasel Hiatus

I mentioned this on twitter a few times, but should probably mention it here for completeness. I’m taking a break. I’m taking a break from blogging, twitter, and most of all, my day job. Beyond July 4, 2014, I’ll be absent from the Microsoft campus for a few months– and most likely from social media […]

Alan and Brent are /still/ talking…

In case you missed it, Brent and I are still recording testing podcasts. I stopped posting the announcements for every podcast post on this blog, but if you want to subscribe, you have a few choices. You can Subscribe via RSS You can Subscribe via iTunes You can bookmark the podcast blog You can follow […]

Stop, If You Want To…

Well – that was a fun post. The dust hasn’t quite settled, but a follow up is definitely in order.  First, some context. I was committed to giving a lightning talk as part of STAR East’s “Lightning Strikes the Keynotes” hour. I purposely didn’t pick a topic before I left, and figured I would come […]

Stop Writing Automation

After releasing The A Word, I didn’t plan on writing any more posts about automation. But, after pondering transitions in test, and after reading this post from Noah Sussman, I have a thought in my head that I need to share. I don’t think testers should write automation. I suppose I better explain myself. All […]