What it is like to be a tester on the Microsoft OneNote team and day to day life as an SDET in Office. Plus a few tips for using OneNote and an occasional powertoy.
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Office New Employee Training
I was able to attend "New Hire Training" for Office last week. At Microsoft, all newly hired people go through a day or two of training to get used to Microsoft, get your card key/badge and general agenda like that. Mark Russinovich talked about his experiences with that session here , and it seems pretty...
23 Jun 2008
Tying up one loose end and starting another
In February 2008 I mentioned some extra functionality built into our "napkin math" system. I sent the details to our technical writers and waited to see how long it would take to get the online help article at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote/HA102140621033.aspx updated. The answer: 4 weeks...
16 Jun 2008
Life in testing: more about meetings
Last week I mentioned that about 40% of my time was taken by meetings. That's probably normal for a manager here at Microsoft and I don't see anything unusual about that number. But for a meeting to occur, at least two other items need to be present: other attendees, and a meeting room. Since most other...
29 May 2008
The typical work week in OneNote Test
One of my friends was asking me about Microsoft over the weekend and wanted to know what it was "really like" working here. I suggested he read my blog since that is ostensibly the purpose behind it: to show what life is like as a tester here. He did not want to read it, and started asking...
19 May 2008
Grief with the Gateway
I got my Gateway to replace the Lenovo which had given me problems. The Gateway had been working great until today - nothing exciting like the random failures the Lenovo exhibited. It simply would not power on. What can you do at that point? No fan, no beep, just nothing. I called tech support and...
27 Feb 2008
Testing from home
One of the things we allow on the OneNote test team is working from home now and then. We have tried hard to keep the process lightweight and leave the decision up to you for whether or not you can meet all your goals and work at home on any given day. If you know you have no mandatory meetings and otherwise...
31 Jan 2008
Comparing a tester to an "enthusiastic user"
Back in October , I made the statement that I had to transition from being an enthusiastic user of OneNote to a tester when I left Outlook to move to the OneNote team. I've been thinking about that for awhile and wanted to explain what I meant. I think of making software as a car assembly line...
10 Jan 2008
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