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Roles and Boxes

The fine folks at the Ministry of Testing keep promoting my blog posts, so the least I can do is give them a link and a shout out. I’m looking forward to talking about “Testing without Testers” at Test Bash Philadelphia (preview here) and about my role on the team. This morning, I passively listened […]

The Mojo of the Weasel

It’s been a heck of a year. I joined a new team at MS fourteen months ago, and it’s been the busiest fourteen months of my career. To be fair, I worked more hours during my stint in Xbox One, but the role I’m in now has even more responsibility (more on what that means […]

The A Word returns (sort of)

Chris McMahon, who has always impressed me with his words and his wit called me out in his blog. Specifically: Apropos of my criticism of “Context Driven Approach to Automation in Testing” (I reviewed version 1.04), I ask you to join me in condemning publicly both the tone and the substance of that paper. Almost […]

A Few Anniversaries (and one announcement)

There’s a light at the end of the oh-my-work-is-so-crazy train, and I look forward to ranting more often both here and on twitter. But first, a few minor anniversaries to acknowledge. Monday was my 21-year anniversary at Microsoft. It’s not a nice even number like 20, but it’s weird to think that people born on […]

Filling a gap in Istanbul coverage

I’m at no loss for blog material, but have been short on time (that’s not going to change, so I’ll need to tweak priorities). But…I wanted to write something a bit different  from normal in case anyone else ever needs to solve this specific problem (or if anyone else knows that this problem already has […]

Do it *my* way, or do it *our* way

I was thinking about this on the way to work today, and thought I’d try to spit out a quick blog post before I got side-tracked again. I’ve been very fortunate to have had success with organizational change with teams at Microsoft. Whether it’s getting programmers to run integration tests before check-in, or helping a […]

Madness, Math and (half) Marathons – and Medium!

I decided that in the rare occurrences where I post non-software articles, that I’d use a blog on Medium and post my attempts at story-telling along with the rest of the world. My first post is here.

Intelligence and Insight

I have an after-work event tonight, and rather than leave my car in the garage overnight, I ran to work. Since I’ve moved to downtown Bellevue, I’ve done this a few times – and given that I’m running another half-marathon in 10 days, it was a great opportunity for a long training run before I […]

Creative Work

It’s early January, but I think I’ve already read at least a half dozen web articles on how testers need to be creative and use their brains, etc.. The articles are exactly on point in some sense, but most give me the feeling that the authors think that software testing is (one of) the only […]

Roles and Fluidity

I had a twitter conversation this week about roles this week. I’ll recap it – and expand on my views; but first I’ll tell a story. Very early on in the Windows 98 project, I was performing some exploratory testing on the explorer shell and found an interesting (and slightly weird bug). At the end […]

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