Service Deployments Should be Ramps, not Cliffs

[Going to try a mini-post…keeping it short and focused] In my previous post I introduced you to Online Experimentation.  The general use case for experimentation is to take two or more websites or services, each with different features or designs, and test them against each other using real users.  It is assumed that all the…

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Don’t just listen to your users…watch them with Online Experiments

Online Controlled Experimentation (also known as A/B Testing) is a subject I will re-visit often as I am Test Manager for Microsoft’s Experimentation Platform (ExP) which enables properties at Microsoft to conduct such testing. We even have a shiny logo:   Guessing, Listening, and Watching To produce software that makes our customers giddy we need…

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Feeling TiPsy…Testing in Production Success and Horror Stories

One topic I hope to return to many times in this blog is that of TiP, or Testing in Production.  For a good introduction to this check out Ken Johnston’s blog entry TIP-ING SERVICES TESTING BLOG #1: THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY which is an updated version of the executive summary of the ThinkWeek paper that I…

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What The Heck Is Cloud Computing?

Larry Ellison, Founder and CEO of Oracle, asks the above question (using the R-rated word instead of my PG substitution) in this audio sound bite as his way of saying the term is meaningless and ill-defined. His rant becomes even more strident in this video, although in both he does label those that would use…

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You Can Skip This Blog Entry

I’m just going to jump start my new blog here by introducing myself. Unless you are someone of renown, an autobiographical essay is likely of little interest to anyone but yourself. Since I do not want to risk boring my readers, feel free to skip this (my first) blog entry. But why then would I…

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