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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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    A really cheap estimate

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    One of the questions I was asked to answer this week was, “When do you estimate you will be done with ‘Project Caribou?’” There are a number of techniques I could use to answer this, and I have written about a few different models I have used in the past...
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    Where I was last week

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    I got to go to McGill University ( www.mcgill.ca ) in Montreal.  I went to help find folks to come work for Microsoft as test or dev and overall I was impressed with the students there.  Good job, McGill!  It also was my first trip to Montreal...
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    Using OneNote to help me at a triathlon

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    This weekend a couple of friends and I signed up to compete in a local triathlon as a team. Helen said she would do the swim, Ted would bike and I would complete the 5K-ish run.  For any serious racers, the run length was listed as 3.2 miles. ...
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    Some acronyms I am using this week

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    I found myself using these acronyms repeatedly this week and since they are all relevant to testing, I figured I would share them. WoW - (no, not that WoW ). For us, this means "Windows on Windows" and is the state a machine is in if a 32 bit...
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    Lessons from the Dreamliner?

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    Up here in Seattle, Boeing is a very important company. Now that their Dreamliner is going through some "teething pain," as they phrased it, I read a little bit about how this happened. After all, they had spent years designing the plane, built...
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    Defining a "bug" part 3

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    It is review time here at Microsoft and I already heard the phrase "I do not think I opened enough bugs last year. What do you think?" I typically give the answer "Well, how much homeowners insurance do you have?" which seems odd (and is) so I want to...
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    Off to an all day training session

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    Today the entire OneNote team is headed out to an "offsite" training session in Bellevue. These are not very common but are usually a useful way to build team spirit and get everyone introduced or re-introduced to each other. This time we are...
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    Getting caught up after a short break

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    I was out of the office last week (enjoying some Texas BBQ) and of course that was the week I got a huge number of emails and responses on the test blog here. Additionally, the day I left was the day the building in which I work needed some electrical...
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    Minor fixes (tweaks) to some test code

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    One of the automated tests I own had a failing result a few weeks ago and in the process of fixing it I updated quite a bit if our test code. First, the test that failed was one that uses the arrow keys to move lines of items in a list up and down within...
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    Filling in for a tester who is out

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    One of the many tasks I have here is "load balancing" our work across the team. This is to ensure that no one tester is overloaded and falls behind. It's just one of the basic tasks that happens at just about every company in the world (the...
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