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  • Blog Post: Ship It

    Scoble is right . All the research, value proposition positioning, and market playbooks can't save you from looking like a copycat. Waiting that extra year or even months to perfect something for the web certainly doesn't win you any customer mindshare. The read write web means that people become more...
  • Blog Post: What do you think about CTPs?

    Brian Harry wants to know. We've always had a concern about the quality of the CTPs we release, but are torn between increasing the quality, but reducing the frequency. What we found with the monthly frequency of CTPs as opposed to the classic "wait for beta quality" approach is that we received more...
  • Blog Post: Will Live QnA suffer the Same Fate as Yahoo Answers?

    You tell me. I have 10 invites to hand out to the first folks that send me thier e-mail address. I'll post your comments about the service to my blog if you send them back to me as well.
  • Blog Post: Feedback Request on Visual Studio 2005 Look & Feel

    Aaron is responsible for a lot about how Visual Studio looks, feels, and behaves as an application. He's looking for some feedback about Visual Studio 2005 and has some specific questions. Feel free to leave your comments/suggestions here: http://blogs.msdn.com/aaronbrethorst/archive/2006/02/15/532814...
  • Blog Post: Communities Test Team Hiring

    Microsoft people forward me lots of Job descriptions. Some of them are more interesting than others. I'm sure there are still a few people reading my blog interested in software testing. If I was looking for an SDET job the following description is from one team I would seriously consider. Why...
  • Blog Post: Hire People that are Good for your Customer Community

    We're trying to change the culture here. Its no secret. We want people who work on Developer Tools to have regular interactions with our customers. Part of a culture change involves a shift in the people. I guess this is sort of my plea to Microsoft employees who might be reading this and interviewing...
  • Blog Post: My Thoughts on the MSDN Feedback Center

    Overall I know it’s a great thing and there are some issues that need to be improved over time for it to be truly successful. I may be a little close to the project since my co-workers are responsible for the Feedback Center , but I think I’m still allowed to have opinions and air them in...
  • Blog Post: How can Model Testing help test low level functions?

    It has taken me way to long to respond to this comment from Scott . re: For Testers: Nihit Kaul Talks Up Model Based Testing It appears that model based testing forces you to define the various actions your application can take (add, edit, delete, rename, etc.) and when it can take those actions...
  • Blog Post: For Testers: Nihit Kaul Talks Up Model Based Testing

    It was my belief as a test lead and is still my belief. To test a product with any amount of interesting complexity you need to find good ways to reduce a reliance on manual processes. If you test manually you need automation. If you are writing a test plan you need to have a machine figure out the details...
  • Blog Post: New MS Testing Tool for Verifying Accessibility Now Available

    Sara publicly released MSAAVerify today. She has been working on it part time for two years and I know is excited to have “shipped“ it. This tool has recently been picked up by several teams at Microsoft for verifying the accessibility of their software and is even taught as part of the “Testing...
  • Blog Post: NUNIT and Code Coverage Usage

    Two topics I’d been asked to cover were tackled today. Gunnar explains “How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot With Code Coverage ”. Some choice quotes that I have also found to be truisms: To efficiently use any of this a time needs to be invested in training people, choosing...
  • Blog Post: Mandatory Reading for People Reporting Bugs (Even in Newsgroups!)

    Having spent the last two years in my previous role of Test Lead in a LOT of triage meetings I found this post to be both hilarious and educational for people opening bugs. If everyone would do the opposite of the recommendations listed there when opening bugs I could have spent a lot less time in triage...
  • Blog Post: Software Testing: The GUI Part 1

    I've been asked to talk a bit about UI testing. Keep in mind that none of my testing posts are meant to be a complete comprehensive guide on the subject at hand. My goal is simply that everyone reading walks away with a useful idea. You want to test your GUI early because it could take weeks...
  • Blog Post: Exciting Times

    The KDE Quality Team was covered on Slashdot today. Maybe working in a test org makes me biased, but this is a great concept for the open source world, and one of the missing links for OSS IMO. Some of the tasks, like writing documentation, may fall out of the typical QA realm, but should work really...
  • Blog Post: VS Settings and Early Testing (Mindless Linkage Ahead)

    If you like C# and you have opinions on default Visual Studio settings you should check out this post . Another testing article I’d like to write is about effective early testing. At Microsoft we use a BVT process that has been nicely explained here . josh
  • Blog Post: Software Testing 7: Dogfood and Automation

    I got a lot of requests to write more about testing. There was also a request to hear more about my Bernese Mountain Dog ( berner.org ). What better way to kill two birds with one stone than to talk a bit about how we use dogfooding internally to test Visual Studio. Testing Visual Studio is all about...
  • Blog Post: What should Josh write about?

    Now that I’ve proven there are at least 5 non Microsoft people reading this blog I’d like to do a service to those 5 people. What would you like to me write about next? I have no shortage of potential topics. I could talk more about software testing, new Whidbey IDE stuff (within reason...
  • Blog Post: Software Testing 6: Good Tests for Bad Parameters

    Getting a bit more specific I figured I’d post something that my team created as a helpful resource for people building test plans.   This document started as a one page guide, and turned into a five page list of interesting tests as it passed from tester to tester in the developer division...
  • Blog Post: Software Testing Problems 5: Starting to Test Connected Applications

    If no one has completely solved issues surrounding the testing of Web Sites or traditional Win32 applications then you can assume that there are problems abound testing applications that connect to either other networked applications or web services.    Advancements such as Indigo will ...
  • Blog Post: Another Awesome Testing Blog Started

    A new member of my team has decided to start a blog to publish some of her thoughts.   Sara is an excellent tester and has been leading the charge in the developer division to make our products more accessible.   Her first entry is a must read for anyone who wants to make sure their software...
  • Blog Post: From your complaints… An update on the bugs filed

    HTML/XML editor does not support incremental search in a read-only file. Still active, we are hoping to fix this.   Request for seperate font settings for Memory debugger toolwindow This has been fixed in recent Whidbey builds!   navigating to task list...
  • Blog Post: Software Testing Problems Part 4: Making Software Testable

    If software is poorly designed to begin with it will be un-testable and remain bug ridden in its delivery to the customers.   This realization is probably what has spurred thinking around ideas like “ Test Driven Development ”.   IMO, the spirit of concept is good, but lacking in practical...
  • Blog Post: More JP Comments on testing

    I love the comments JP leaves in my blog.   I just wish that there was some way I could be notified when people leave comments.   For example: I went back to an earlier entry recently only to find a month old comments I would have never seen.   It just would be nice to get some sort...
  • Blog Post: Software Testing Problems Part 3: Scheduling and Testing

    In my last two blogs about software testing ( Customers , Talents ) I tackled issues that I felt are more understood.   In this entry I want to throw out some ideas my team and I started thinking on today about estimating a true testing cost for new features or potential design changes.  ...
  • Blog Post: Who is testing salt shakers?

    I’ve enjoyed watching the list of “referrers” to today’s blog.   Apparently someone got to my blog by searching for “Salt Shaker testing scenario” on google.   I find this amusing.   To bad my post won’t really help one test a salt shaker, but it’s good to know if you are searching...
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