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bio website angryweasel.com/blog
location Bellevue, WA
age 48
visits member for 3 years, 6 months
seen Sep 24 at 21:19

I'm a long time tester and developer working for Microsoft where I'm currently a Principal SDET on the XBox team.

I've also worked on Microsoft Lync, Windows CE, Windows, and spent some time as Microsoft's Director of Test Excellence.

I am the lead author on the Microsoft Press book "How We Test Software at Microsoft", contributed chapters to a few other books (including "Beautful Testing") and frequently speak to, consult with, or teach classes to software developers and testers.


Aug
29
comment Is the “Joel Test” appropriate when looking for a QA job?
Could have been a server issue - link still works for me.
May
30
comment Test Automation in Agile?
If you're "testing at the end", you're not really doing Agile. Maybe that's ok for your context, but it's worth thinking about.
Feb
2
comment Typical software & tools short-list for *manual* QA specialist (tester) working environment
+1 for the 'mons. I added the entire sysinternal suite, because there's so much more there valuable for testers.
Feb
2
comment Typical software & tools short-list for *manual* QA specialist (tester) working environment
My brain can't look inside a process and see which handles it has open :}
Jan
9
comment Test team names
I was going to comment - but I'd just end up copying this blog post anyway.
Dec
23
comment Best practices for organising and naming test cases
It's a goal, not a requirement. But when a failure is not diagnosable from the log, I/we add additional logging to make diagnosis easier in the future.
Dec
17
comment Internationalization testing
+1 and add currency date, and time formats.
Dec
3
comment Are code reviews considered part of QA?
@dzieciou - it was mostly learning curve - it took a while before testers could find issues with regularity.
Nov
20
comment What options are available in the career path of a tester?
oh yeah - that's what I meant. Changed above.
Oct
1
comment How can I transition into getting into QA?
This is incredibly valuable advice. In a past life as a musician/composer, I knew people who bought expensive notation software so they could "compose" - even though they knew nothing about composition. The tools are completely useless unless you know what you want to do with them.
Jun
27
comment Is model-driven testing a viable technology for real applications yet?
Ususally (actually, in most cases), the test team writes the models.
Apr
5
comment Promoting Non-Functional Testing
Not worthy of an answer, but I'll plug a paper I wrote last year that may help. uploads.pnsqc.org/2011/papers/T-30_Page_paper.pdf
Mar
18
comment How can I use causal loop diagrams to help me test?
Closest link I could find was ics.uci.edu/~ziv/papers/fseadobe.pdf - it should give you some ideas.
Mar
1
comment IPv4/IPv6 dependency testing
So many people use the terms interchangeably that I often fail to recognize the difference. I'll post a QA answer too.
Dec
2
comment Tool for Virtual machine Test Orchestration
yep - Lab Manager is meant to do this. +1
Nov
20
comment Replacement for Microsoft's USB Device Simulation Framework (DSF)
Do you have a reference that shows DSF is being deprecated? I'm surprised to hear that.
Sep
13
comment Is there an industry-standard term for choosing which tests to run?
+1 This (test selection) is the name I use as well. Test staging, however, is new to me.
Sep
8
comment Looking for a faulty application for training
If you don't find one, I'd be interested in the types of errors you'd like to have seeded in the app - perhaps tiered to difficulty. I could contribute (how much depends on extent of application) to writing the "faulty application".
Aug
26
comment USB storage emulator
I do my best. As an aside, I wrote a chapter about DSF for Dorothy Graham's upcoming book on automation case studies. Hopefully out sometime this fall...or winter...
Jun
17
comment Visual studio web performance testing for invalid input
Never mind - I looked at the unformatted questions, and see that you tried that already. (& quot;)