notes and rants

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February, 2006

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    Interlude: Random bits

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    Ever have one of those periods of time where you work your butt off all day long and at the end of the day realize you barely made a dent in the backlog of work that has to be done "asap"? That was the last two days for me. My wife was generous enough...
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    QA vs. Testing - Part 3: What is the role of Quality Assurance?

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    Obviously, I have a silly peeve about mixing QA and Test. They're not the same thing. I'm certainly not the first to bring this up . IEEE 12207 defines QA as “... a process for providing adequate assurance that the software products and processes in...
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    Part 3 coming up...

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    I forgot when I posted part 1 & 2 that I was booked solid (literally 9-5 every day) teaching last week. On top of that, I had papers to write, a research project to stay on top of, and a handful of articles I was committed to reading. That didn...
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    QA vs. Testing - Part 2: What is the role of testing?

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    Answering this question may be where the core of the ambiguity lies. If I were to ask ten random testers (or “QA” folks) what the role of testing was, chances are good I’d get ten different answers. Since I don’t have time for any interviews this afternoon...
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    OK - here goes...my rant on QA vs. Testing - Part One: Who Cares?

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    I have started and stopped writing this post at least a dozen times. The mis-use of the QA term is a big peeve of mine. Let me rewrite that last sentence with appropriate emphasis. The mis-use of the QA term is a big peeve of mine . In other words...
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    PSQT Conference, here I come...or maybe not

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    I heard last week that my presentation was accepted for PSQT ...kind of. I received a notice that my presentation was accepted, but there wasn't a speaker slot for me. I act like a speaker (I submit my paper and presentation like a speaker, and show...
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    This is not an excuse

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    I wanted to reflect a bit on why my posting has dropped off so much since I changed positions at Microsoft. I'm not convinced that my postings will become more regular while I'm in this position, but on the other hand, I don't see why they shouldn't....
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    I feel guilty

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    ...not very guilty, but definitely guilty. I've never worried much about the gaps in my posts over the last 9 months, but I've realized recently that I actually have a few readers. I've run into three people over the last two months who have mentioned...
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    Two months off

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    Two months away from blogging, and a two month old daughter at home. It doesn't take too much deduction to come up with the correlation. I took 7 weeks away from work - 3 vacation combined with the 4 weeks of paid parental leave MS offers to new dads...
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