Exposure Control: Software Services Peep Show

  It’s About Software Quality Not sure what you were expecting here at Your Software Has Bugs, but ignore that picture on the left, and learn how Exposure Control let’s you roll out dangerous software while minimizing risk to your users by giving them only a peep into the your new service. peep n.  a…

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Agile versus Waterfall Videos

The Rise and Fall of Waterfall is a cute video (although with a somewhat annoying soundtrack.. watch with the sound off).  My favorite part of it is the screenshot (seen above) showing the waterfall stages and their respective impacts.  The poor Operations folks at the bottom remind me of Ken Johnston’s quote: Ops beware; unpleasant…

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Microsoft Cosmos: Petabytes perfectly processed perfunctorily

I tell non-technical friends and family that I recently switched roles at Microsoft to the Bing team. Many have heard of Microsoft’s new search engine http://bing.com, although most don’t know all the cool features Bing offers. But for my Technical friends (allow me to include you in that group), the details are a bit more…

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Hooray for Buggy Software???

No this is not a piece on job security for Software QA Professionals. I was recently at a Test Team sprint-end demo. For at least two of the projects shown, the metric of interest to Dev managements was, “how many bugs did you find?” and when the answer was either a high number or a…

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$#*! My Dev Manager Says

Prologue I read somewhere that one maxim of a successful blog was that you should never apologize for not having posted in a while… ….that’s all I have to say on that. Premise “$#*! My Dad Says” is a popular internet meme where comedian Justin Halpern shares the salty and (inadvertently) funny comments said by…

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Testing with Real Users – User Interaction and Beyond, with Online Experimentation

My talk at the Better Software Conference was a lot of fun.  It was well received.  If you want to check out the slides, take a look here. Evidence shows than more than half of the ideas that we think will improve the user experience actually fail to do so—and some actually make it worse….

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Software Testing Cage Match: Amazon.com vs. Microsoft

While I previously made some comparisons between Amazon.com and Microsoft’s different approaches to software testing in Building Services: The Death of Big Up-Front Testing (BUFT)?, I think now would be a fun and interesting time to do a deeper dive on this. Before I joined Amazon.com in 2005 as an SDET, while I was interviewing…

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What is an SDET? Part 2

Since I have started blogging, a pattern has emerged.  I make a post on some topic, it sits out there for a few days, I get some commentary on it, I cogitate on it, and then I feel I have something more to say to clarify my initial point.  Well, my last post What is…

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What is an SDET?

SDET stands for Software Development Engineer in Test (or Software Design Engineer in Test). I believe this title was originated at Microsoft (but have not researched this). It is also used at Amazon.com and Google. The SDET role can be compared with that of the SDE (Software Development Engineer) role. The latter is what most…

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I’m Speaking At the Better Software Conference – June 9, 2010 in Las Vegas

  Testing with Real Users – User Interaction and Beyond, with Online Experimentation Evidence shows than more than half of the ideas that we think will improve the user experience actually fail to do so—and some actually make it worse. Instead of guessing, why not measure what your real users like and don’t like? Controlled,…

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