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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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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Testing in The Cloud

Just had a piece published in The Testing Planet on Testing in the Cloud The Cloud enables new tools and methodologies for testing your product whether the product itself is hosted in the cloud or not. Learn about Test in Cloud, Canary Deployment, Synthetic User Simulation, and Big Data for Quality. The Testing Planet –…

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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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How NOT to Write for the Software Engineering Community

Pop quiz…. here is an article I recent stumbled upon, which side (pro or con) do you think the author takes? Pros and Cons of Requirements-Based Software Testing For something that is essential, fairly fundamental and seemingly straightforward, requirements-based software testing sure does generate a lot of discussion. Rather than representing opposite extremes of the…

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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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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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