New STPCon talk coming up: Create Your Roadmap to Data-Driven Quality

I will once again have the pleasure of speaking at STPCon.   Hope you can make it! 101 :  Create Your Roadmap to Data-Driven Quality Tuesday, 10:30am – 11:45am Track: Test Strategy, Process and Design Bing analyzes Petabytes of data per day. Facebook instruments everything. Outlook.com analyzes web performance for millions of real users. Why? Because…

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Destroy All Robot Language

Microsoft (being an Evil Empire™ and all) doesn’t get credit for a lot of changes that you do not explicitly notice, but make a real difference. For example there has been a program to "destroy all robot language" in several Microsoft products such as Office 2013, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8. To illustrate this,…

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The Four Colors of Microsoft, revisited

Previously I explored if we could substantiate the rumor that the new Microsoft logo colors each represented a distinct product or business group within Microsoft The Four Colors of the New Microsoft Company Logo Has this been substantiated?  Microsoft is being a bit of a tease showing some signs yes, and some signs no  …

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The return of A-Z Testing in Production – STPCon Fall 2012

Download the Slide Deck: PPT PDF The folks at STPCon had asked me to give an encore presentation of my March 2012 talk A to Z Testing in Production: TiP Methodologies, Techniques, and Examples. The new talk has some substantial updates including more focus on the use of Big-Data and a simplified categorization of test…

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Software Testing circa 1985 – How’s that working for you?

This ad, recruiting software testers for Microsoft, ran in 1985 As a Software Tester you will design execute and document tests of application software.  You will generate test scripts and automatic test packages.  This is a challenging and highly visible position within a fast growing division of Microsoft. If this sounds like your job position,…

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The Four Colors of the New Microsoft Company Logo

In a previous blog post I talked about the introduction of the new Microsoft Logo.   Another source on the web (sorry, cannot remember where) has pointed out that each of the 4 colors in the new company logo represents a division or product line, and each color is used in that respective product’s logo. …

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Microsoft and Design: The New Logo

Today Microsoft has launched a new Logo and it looks like this: (hey, if you are going to any of the logos on this page, then be sure you know and follow the legal guidelines on using logos) The symbol on the left has actually been in use for over a year now as part…

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A to Z Testing in Production: TiP Methodologies, Techniques, and Examples at STPCon 2012

Download the Slide Deck PPT PDF Listen to the audio (requires free registration with STP – they’re good folks, so go ahead and register) A to Z Testing in Production: TiP Methodologies, Techniques, and Examples Testing in production (TiP) is a set of software testing methodologies that utilizes real users and production environments in a…

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Failure is Always an Option

Design Strategies for Cloud Hosted Services The title phrase was made popular by Adam Savage of MythBusters fame (pictured to the right… the bunny is made of C4).  However it is also motto to live by when designing and deploying services to run on a Cloud platform.  We of course do not accept failure of…

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Testing in Production (TiP) – It Really Happens–Examples from Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft

  Testing in Production (TiP) really happens, and yes that it s a good thing! Here are some examples from Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. The Methodologies This is not a complete list of TiP methodologies, but explains the ones used in the examples given A/B Testing (aka Online Controlled Experimentation): I explain this in…

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