Proposal Time

No, not that kind of proposal.  It’s the time of the year when proposals for several testing conferences are due.  I’m waffling on whether to submit for STAR East this year since I was just at STAR West (currently, I’m leaning toware not submitting a propsal to STAR).  Instead, I’m putting together a proposal for the…

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Metrics that Matter

I’m on a plane returning from STAR West (testing conference – I’m offline and too lazy to look up the URL).  My talk went well – in fact, better than I anticipated.  The talk was on the last day of the conference, so I didn’t expect much of a turnout, but there were at least…

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What is a tester?

It sounds like a silly question, but lately I’ve been in a lot of conversations where the topic of what a tester is, or what a tester does has come up.  The answer, of course, varies.   I know some companies have different roles for “testers” (people who do various manual testing tasks), and “automators”…

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Everything and Nothing

I have no more excuses on why I haven’t posted – nor do I have any promises of returning to consistent schedule that this post once had.  This post is merely a tickle to the two or three people who still have a subscription to my RSS feed.   I have a lot to say,…

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Cruising around

One of the last things I ever thought I’d end up doing in life is going on a cruise.  I like to travel, but I like to have freedom when I travel.  For example, a few years ago, I went to New Zealand for three weeks.  When I left, I had booked the round trip…

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What do senior testers need to know?

I tried three or four variations of the word “senior” in the title (and leaving it out) before settling on what you now see (pending any edits).  This is something I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about lately.  The long version of the question is – What do experienced testers who don’t want…

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A long overdue rant

I’ve been meaning to add a short post on this for a long time.  Now is as good as a time as any, so here goes. I think almost any Seattle-ite would agree that the car pool lane on SR520 is awful.  It’s a “right lane” carpool, so it share’s space with the on/off ramps.  A…

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Ack! What happened to my blog?

“Ack”, of course, is a quote from my favorite fictional cat, Bill.  The problem with my blog is the same problem that many (most?) other blogs have – too long of a gap between posts.  This summer has been one for the ages.  My motorcycle has been in the shop for almost the entire three…

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Feeling Nostalgic – Life as a contractor (part 2)

I’ve established that I was hired as a “button pusher tester”, but at least the work was interesting.  The thing that’s funny is that ten years ago, I really didn’t know much about testing.  I was a “tester”, but what I was really good at was figuring out how things work (which is really only…

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StarWest

I forgot to mention that I was accepted to speak at STAR (software testing analysis & review) in Anaheim this November.  In a way, I was accepted twice – I had one talk accepted, but a few days later, I got a call asking me to speak on another subject instead.  In this case, the second…

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