DevOps, The Art of Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes

All engineering teams are set up differently.  In the Microsoft IT department, we have a set of Software Engineers that work on designing, implementing, and testing the software solutions needed to run the company.  We help deploy our builds, but most of the work of getting our new bits out to production servers and live…

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How Important is the "How"?

Do you know the best way to succeed in your career?  To stand out in the crowd?  To prove your capabilities?  Well sure, that’s by showing results, a ton of results!  You work long hours and stay focused on getting your deliverables done.  Right?  Well, have you considered the possibility that showing results isn’t the…


QA or Test – does the name really matter?

I’ve been the manager for many different teams.  Some call themselves Test and some call themselves QA.  Personally, I’ve found it easier to just use those terms interchangeably.  But for many, there are two very distinct schools of thought about what a Test team is and what a QA team is.  Maybe at some point…

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Don’t Pay the High Tax!

There are typically two types of individuals at work, ones that are independent and ones that are not.  Sound fairly simple?  Sure, but what exactly are they dependent on?  Their managers.  There are many good, valid reasons that cause someone to be more dependent at work such as being in a new role, learning a…

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Put on Your Game Face

Do you have a game face and do you use it?  Do you know what a game face is and how you can apply it to work?  The dictionary definition is “the neutral or intense facial expression of a determined and serious sports player”.  Picture a losing basketball team coming out of the locker room…

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