Testing Reality

A few years ago I began questioning everything I thought I knew: what I did, why I did it, how I did it. Central to my progress through these questions and the learnings they have precipitated and are still precipitating? Learning to ground – which is to say, connect to the world – and learning…


So You Want To Work For Microsoft…

Several people have emailed me recently asking for tips on getting through their upcoming interviews at Microsoft. My advice: Be Yourself. I believe this is the most important tip I can give you. I find that how someone fits (or does not fit) with my team is much more important than what they profess to…


What I Will Do

Commitments – “This is what I plan to do the next year and how you will know whether I am doing it” – are a vital part of the career development process here at Microsoft. Annual reviews and promotions are largely based on one’s execution against one’s commitments as well. Theoretically some or all of…


Eavesdropping On Testing

On the bus the other day I overheard a woman discussing her upcoming nuptials. She was quite the modern girl, it seems, and was not going for any of the traditional ceremonial wedding stuff. Well, maybe a small wedding party, like three bridesmaids and three groomsmen, definitely no more than that! And certainly no flowers,…