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Thoughts and the occasional rant from Adam Ulrich, a Test Manager in Microsoft's Designer Tools Group. All things Sparkle, Acrylic, testing, recruiting and hiring.

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  • Blog Post: Myth Busting Testing #2

    Myth #2: Testing does not, by itself, improve software quality. I love this one! I must have heard it like a gazillion times. And taken at its most literal, it is entirely correct. Huh? Yep, it's entirely literally correct. So why am I calling it a myth? Because it implies that testing and quality...
  • Blog Post: Myth Busting Testing and Test Automation

    I've been reading a lot lately, and wow, there are so many opinions on the advantages and disadvantages of writing test automation. I thought I’d share my observations as to the common misperceptions that anyone in the software development business (engineer or manager, development, test or pm) needs...
  • Blog Post: Engineering Excellence and TrustWorthy Computing

    For the last several years, Microsoft has had days devoted to Engineering Excellence (EE), and to TrustWorthy Computing (TWC). Much of EE days in the last couple years have been about pushing quality upstream, which I interpret as getting more testing done sooner in the process, whether it is design...
  • Blog Post: Test Automation, plus what is it like to be in Test at Microsoft?

    It's not sexy, but it sure is fun. Santosh recently had a great post on what it's like being in test at microsoft. For those who read my posts from last year on campus and industry recruiting at microsoft, I would encourage you to also read this to get the sense of why being an SDET at Microsoft can...
  • Blog Post: Does quality really matter?

    We talk alot about trade-offs in getting a product out the door. We draw a triangle, the triangle of pain as I call it. One side of the triangle represents quality, another side scope of features, and the third side is time, time to market. The idea is that given any finite set of resources, you can...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for technical positions at MS: part deux: Industry route

    If you've been working (or idling) for a year or more since you hung up your full time academic cap and gown, the microsoft recruiting machine considers you an industry candidate. Many of my comments in the prior post about campus candidates will apply to industry candidates as well. In fact, I would...
  • Blog Post: Preparing for Technical Positions at MS: part 1: college campus route

    Matt asked about how to prepare for a technical position at Microsoft. Since there are two separate recruiting engines at Microsoft, I’m going to break my comments up into college candidates and industry candidates to match the paths that people typically enter the company. College Campus Candidates...
  • Blog Post: You've got Questions, I've got answers.

    I got some questions on my last blog post, so I’ll do my best to answer them now: Q. How hard is it to get a job at Microsoft? Well, that’s a tough question to answer. There are hundreds of variables there. If you know someone and they submit your resume as a referral because they know your...
  • Blog Post: Why QA? Why Microsoft?

    I came to Microsoft 8 years ago, happy but a little frightened about a salaried job, happy not to be travleing, and most of all, amazed that I got paid to beat on new technology and make it break, but my goal was to eventually be a developer here. I always loved building software for myself, and testing...
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