My sprint into the new year

Twenty-eleven is kicking off with a flurry of activity for me – I think by the time I breathe again, a month (or two!) will have flown by.

First off, I have a short article showing up on TechWell next Monday. I hope I can talk Joey into letting me write somewhat regularly in the coming year, but for now, I’ll settle for the one article.

I’m giving an MS internal talk on “Tester DNA” on Tuesday the 11th (2:00pm, 40/Steptoe for those who can come – I assume it will be broadcast on resnet too). I expect to piss a lot of people off with this one, so it should be a good time.

I’ll be giving a webinar on Test Design for STP on Thursday, January 20 at 10:00am PST (more info here). I’m still figuring out exactly what I’m going to say for this one, but I promise it will be interesting.

On Friday the 21st, I’m flying to Munich for OOP. I’m honored to have been invited to give two presentations at the conference, and I’m looking forward to meeting some new people (and drinking German beer).

And in between all of that stuff, I have my day job. We shipped a few months ago and are in the middle of planning and making some fairly large technical moves (e.g. changing our test automation and distribution systems). I’m probably spread a bit too thin right now, but I’m confident I’ll end up prioritizing and giving each project I’m involved with just the right amount of push (personal kanban FTW!).

And finally – I am planning another webcast (using Lync) in February on career tips for testers. I’ll post more details in a few weeks. Since I can’t please the whole world, I’ll go at whatever time / day is suggested more than once in the comments section.

Happy new year.


  1. Nice post. I’d really like to be in your talk on the “Tester DNA”. It’d be interesting to hear what the audience has to say on that topic.

  2. Hi Alan, I would be really happy if you could schedule the Tester DNA talk for am your time so us folks ahead of you at GMT can join in.

    • I probably won’t do the DNA talk externally, but I’ll keep your timezone in mind for the test career tips talk I’m doing in Feb


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