Stop Hoping for Quality and Just Test It!

As I continue to apply more engineering rigor to the release process in my team, I hear statements referring to engineers being hopeful and hoping things will go well.  Hoping is not the correct way to ship software.  I also hear a lot of statements like “we are confident this will work”.  Confidence, although great…

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Don’t Fall Asleep with Geckos

A few years ago, I had the great opportunity to take a 2 month sabbatical fully-paid by Microsoft.  For this time off, I absolutely did not want to just sit around at home.  I arranged one month for my family to “live” in Hawaii.  It was awesome and something the whole family will always remember. …


Integrity With a Dose of Confidence Part2

My last blog was about how to act as a person with integrity, how to make sure you are thinking in terms of doing the right things for the right reasons no matter hard difficult that may be to do.  Sometimes the easiest route is not the right route.  As you continue to become a…


What are your intentions?

When it comes to determining someone’s intentions, it’s fairly easy to do after a few drinks and a walk back to your apartment with someone you just met at the bar.  But let’s not go there.  🙂  Knowing someone’s intentions becomes much more difficult in a work setting.  What if the scope of your work…


Up, Up, and Away!

Picture this visual.  You are standing in a field on a foggy day and a rope is dropped in front of you from the sky.  You can’t see where it is coming from but you hear someone ask you if you want to experience the unknown, be challenged more than ever before, move forward in…

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What are Testers Thankful For?

When I think about all the issues my QA team has to deal with to ship projects, I wonder as we get closer to Thanksgiving what they are thankful for.  What makes their jobs easier or fun?  Two things come to mind. Testers are thankful when their developers produce quality builds.  Getting a build that…