The future of quality is easy with EaaSy and MVQ

Introduction to EaaSy and MVQ Last fall (2013), I published two papers internally to Microsoft. I wrote them to challenge the status quo and paint a vision of where I felt the future of software testing was headed. The papers have resonated across Microsoft and some elements have leaked out to the Internet. The first…

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Penultimate Day of School 2011

If it’s June it must be time for my annual “I love the Penultimate Day of School” blog post.  As this is now my third post on the word penultimate (actually the second post was on the antepenultimate month of school).   In a sense that now makes my first post on the subject the antepenultimate…

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Happy Antepenultimate Month of School

“I love the word Penultimate,” and I love our family’s made up Internet holiday “The Penultimate Day of School.”  As we are now nearing the end of the antepenultimate month of school I felt it was time to make another post promoting our new holiday and highlighting my favorite family of words that now includes,…

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Leaving Office, Joining Bing, and Planting Asparagus

Sometimes it’s good to get outside, get your hands in the dirt, and plant things, especially if you can do it with your children. Keeps you grounded, and yes that was an intentional pun.   Office 2010 is going to be great. For the past 3.5 years we’ve been working on an amazing set of…

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Telemetry Myopia: The Toyota “Fail Safe” system Debacle and Google cavalier attitude toward Privacy

For the past few weeks members of my team and I have been meeting with key individuals in Bing, Microsoft Online services, and Windows.  In those meetings we have focused on rich telemetry.  We’ve talked about technologies to collect data, privacy concerns and how to architect to support user privacy, and the data platform needed…

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Testing in Production – It’s a living ecosystem, not a patient on a gurney

James A. Whittaker’s (JW) recent blog post “Testing in the Data Center (Manufacturing No More),” is a fun little ditty and it inspired me. Thank you James for sharing the testing is like an ER analogy. In this post JW draws an analogy that software is moving from a manufacturing paradigm to one of a…

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Confidence is High and Feeling Feisty

This is a bit of personal musing.  Feel free to skip. Originally I was going to tweet this but then I started coming up with quite a few tweets and decided a short blog would be better.  There is such a thing among testers on twitter as tweeting your own horn a bit too much. I…

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Stupid Service Oriented Architecture (SSOA) #1 – The 50/50 upgrade

In the web services world I’ve heard a lot of really stupid things said by a lot of really smart people.  I will admit, without details, that I have been guilty of saying some of those stupid things myself.  I like to believe that I am learning and evolving though as I now recognizes those…

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Bing Outage exposes Testing in Production (TiP) Hazards

I have been a big proponent of shipping services into production more frequently and conducting more testing on the code once it is in production.  Those of us that support this methodology tend to call it TiP (Testing in Production).  Find links to previous blog posts on this subject below.  After the recent Bing outage…

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TIP-ING SERVICES TESTING BLOG #1: THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

For some time now I’ve been promising to lay out all my thinking on Testing in Production (TiP).  I first introduced the topic in a blog post in June 2009 titled “Ship your service into production and then start testing!” Over the summer I had some family commitments, late summer I finished up my internal…

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