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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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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MINNEAPOLIS AND BACK TO TALK CLOUD TESTING

Who in their right mind agrees to fly all morning from Seattle to Minneapolis, drive to a local software testing special interest group (SIG), talk for 90 minutes, and fly back home that same night? For a number of reasons, the most important of which was being home in the morning to help get my…

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Microsoft Cargo Container Data Center comes Online

Recently I ran into a friend who was reading chapter 14 of How We Test Software at Microsoft.  He commented on the picture in the book of the Rackable Ice Cube container full of servers.  This was pretty cool to think about purchasing servers pre-racked in a cargo container.  We joked that for our next…

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AN UNEXPECTED PLUG FOR “HOW WE TEST SOFTWARE AT MICROSOFT”

This BLOG post is a thank you to all the individuals who have read “How We Test Software at Microsoft,” and posted something on the web about it (that Alan, BJ and I been able to find that is).    We are thrilled by the very positive response readers of HWTSaM have had.  There are…

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Ship your service into production and then start testing!

Think about Services shifting the Testing into Production   The topic of Testing in Production (TiP) is a growing area of debate in SaaS and S+S testing groups.  While I don’t personally really believe you should ship your service and then start testing it, I often introduce the topic this way.  It is very challenging to…

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1+1 Redundancy Just Isn't Good Enough

     1+1 redundancy for production services is a flawed design approach.   +1 redundancy is like the kind of logic my wife uses with me when I go on an overnight business trip.  She will insist that I take at least two pairs of socks in my bag even though I plan to be home…

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