So long!

When I had just joined Microsoft, as a video game obsessed college kid, I was trying to figure out the “point of the game” here at work. At first, I decided the point of the game was to write code. Didn’t matter how useful it was, it was cool to write lots of code. Then,…

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Cheat sheet : Submitting an entry to a software testing conference

Recently, I have been spending time reviewing papers submitted to two of the biggest software testing conferences in India – QAI’s Software Testing Conference and the Step In Summit 2012. It is very refreshing to talk to young talent across the industry and hear their new ideas and perspectives! Like most other frequent speakers, I…

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Getting Results the Agile Way

Cliched, but true : the thing I love the most about Microsoft is the chance to work with some of the smartest people around! One such guy is J.D. Meier, GPM at P&P in Microsoft by day, and amazing life-coach by night (well, in non-working-hours J)running Sources of Insight, a treasure trove of proven practices…

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My top 3 favorite features of Outlook in Office 2010

Well – the tech preview for Office 2010 is now public – and I am bursting to tell you guys my favorite features of Outlook in Office 14. Being a Microsoftie, I practically live in Outlook…and Outlook 14 has some pretty nifty improvements that I absolutely loved! Here are my personal favorites: Conversation view –…

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My favorite engineering practice at Microsoft

Here at MSFT, specifically at DevDiv, we have specific testing categories called “Exit Criteria” – basically gates that you need to pass through in order to ship a release at any milestone. These criteria represent different flavors of testing that your product has to go through in order to be pronounced “fit for release”. For…

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Odds and ends

So, we’ve been heads down building the latest Rosario CTP of VSTT for you guys. Some good new stuff heading your way… more details when we release it 😉 Meanwhile, like you must be knowing already, Orcas is on it’s way to RTM. VSTT has some great stuff lined up on the load testing side…

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Uh oh, manual testing is no longer manual?

Well known test consultant James Bach has now coined a new term for manual testing – it’s called sapient testing. Well, the part of manual testing that is not drudgery is called sapient testing at least. James makes a great point about how manual testing is actually a composite set of actions that can be…

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I love Windows Live Writer!

OMG! This has got to be the best blog writer tool I have ever seen! Forgive my drooling…but Live writer has just enchanted me with it’s great features. The setup is a ZERO hassle process akin to the marvelous setup experiences I’ve had with Outlook 2007. The rich editing and inline spell check features are a blast and the…

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Who said taking screenshots was easy?

Continuing the manual test thread that I started last week, here is a pain point that I experienced first hand while doing a bout of manual testing during a bug bash yesterday. When I file a bug, I need to attach an image to the bug to elucidate the erring scenario. Each time I had…

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Estimate, guesstimate, pest-i-mate

You are sitting in your office peacefully looking at the newly written specs for v1.1 of your product. You poke around at some code for that tool you always wanted to write – but the ship pressures didn’t let you. As you glance at your inbox, there is an innocuous looking mail from your test…

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