Engineering Excellence and TrustWorthy Computing

For the last several years, Microsoft has had days devoted to Engineering Excellence (EE), and to TrustWorthy Computing (TWC). Much of EE days in the last couple years have been about pushing quality upstream, which I interpret as getting more testing done sooner in the process,  whether it is design reviews, code reviews, or unit…

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Father’s Day Camping – Acrylic Style

I was camping this weekend in Central Oregon. Each year my wife’s father’s siblings (all 8 of them) and many of their children and grandchildren get together (50 to 60 people) and go camping just outside Sweethome, Oregon, which is about 30 miles east of Salem. I say camping, but with the facilities at Camp Koinonia, it’s hardly…

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Acrylic Greetings from Beijing

From the 8th to the 14th, I travelled to Beijing to meet with 5 vendors who’ve been working on one of my projects for the last year. Yanchun (Tracy) Guo, who is a test lead for Microsoft in Beijing, helped me out by taking me out to lunch, and in general being my babysitter for a…


Test Automation, plus what is it like to be in Test at Microsoft?

It’s not sexy, but it sure is fun. Santosh recently had a great post on what it’s like being in test at microsoft. For those who read my posts from last year on campus and industry recruiting at microsoft, I would encourage you to also read this to get the sense of why being an SDET at…


Does quality really matter?

We talk alot about trade-offs in getting a product out the door. We draw a triangle, the triangle of pain as I call it. One side of the triangle represents quality, another side scope of features, and the third side is time, time to market. The idea is that given any finite set of resources,…


not as simple as Red vs Blue

I ran into Adam Barr (www.proudlyserving.com) last week while volunteering to assist with a local Vocational High School’s computer curriculum. Adam had left a few responses on my Blog on exchanges on testing at microsoft, and it was a pleasure to meet him in person. I was reading Adam’s blog post from the 24th, and it’s…


Hmm, High-Nerd: Nerdier than I thought I was.

  I think it was all that Math, plus spending 10 years working in Nuclear Power Plants so that I know elements fairly well that pumped it up so high.

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