I’m a native of the Pacific Northwest, moving from Spokane, WA to the Seattle area when I was 3 years old. I studied music in college, graduating with major degrees in Music Composition and Music Education. I taught music (high school Jazz, and middle school band) for 4 years before taking a year off to get a masters degree in Music Composition.
While working on my masters degree, I got pretty good at using a PC, and making it work with music programs (this was 1992, and I used a DOS based music notation program with all kinds of memory requirements). After graduate school, I worked as a bike messenger for about 6 months. The job was getting dangerous, so I applied for a dozen random jobs on Sunday morning, and ended up interviewing and getting a job at a company called Midisoft, where I was hired to do technical support for their music products. On my first day, they told me I was also their network administrator and software tester.
I worked at Midisoft for about 18 months, learning basic and C while I was there. When it was time for me to go (long story of ethics), I again, applied for a bunch of jobs, and was eventually hired in a contract position to help test networking on Windows 95. They apparently liked what I did, as I was hired as a full time employee six months later, in June, 1995.
I spent 22 years at Microsoft. IIRC, my job titles in order were: STE->SDE->Development Lead->Test Architect->Director of Test Excellence->Principal SDET->Principal Engineering Manager, and worked on a bunch of flavors of Windows and Windows CE, as well as Xbox One, a stupid science project to make Android apps run on Windows Phone, Microsoft Teams, and a few other projects probably not worth listing. I spent 18 months or so as Microsoft’s Director of Test Excellence – which was basically an internal role for developing and delivering technical training, and for building community across the company (something I continued to do long after I left that role). One other thing worth mentioning is that I was heavily involved in developing Microsoft’s “Career Guides” – something that I am either proud or ashamed of, depending on how they were used.
With zero reluctance, I left my bags of stock options behind in January of 2017, and joined Unity Technologies, where I initially took a role running QA for their services teams, and currently, work as the Director of Programs and Quality for Monetization at Unity.
I have a blog (angryweasel.com), as well as a podcast (with Brent Jensen) at https://angryweasel.com/ABTesting. Something worth sharing out of that podcast are the Modern Testing Principles. These are called “Modern” as an opposition to “Traditional” test last / test quality in approaches, and are in practice, Engineering Principles rather than having much to do with testing.
I’ve written a book (How We Test Software at Microsoft), and e-book (The A Word), and contributed chapters to a few others, and I’ve given talks, workshops, and keynotes at software and software testing conferences around the world. I have a blog (angryweasel.com/blog), where I will occasionally write short articles, but inspired by Tim Ferris’ 5-bullet-Friday series, I started writing my own Five for Friday posts containing interesting links or quotes I found throughout the week.
I’m a soccer fanatic, enjoy sous vide cooking, and I’m spending a lot of time recently with my soon-to-be six month old (as of July, 2018) puppy, Terra.