So after a long hiatus, I am restarting my blog again. I’ll try to post monthly if not weekly. I’ve changed positions within Microsoft from working on Bing to working as a “Knowledge Engineer” in the Learning & Development (L&D) group of Engineering Excellence. Alan Page used to manage this group. The group used to include Bj Rollison also. Seth Eliot has also come over to EE L&D for our focus on testing services and testing in production.
In trying to learn more about testing, and specifically trying to figure out “online” learning courses, I’ve played with http://khanacademy.org. I also successfully completed the Association for Software Testing (AST) Basic Black Box Software Testing (BBST) Foundations free online course. I spent more hours than I ever expected on the course. Monitoring and replying to forums takes me a lot of time. I’m almost finished with the BBST Instructors Course Online.
I’ve got many conferences in the second half of the year. First is the WORDS
3-day facilitated meeting of experienced software testers who want to contribute
to the AST Dictionary Project, just before the Conference of the AST (CAST) on “Context-Driven Testing”, Aug 8-10 in nearby Lynwood (Seattle). Then the busy month of October starts with my Testing Services in Production talk at Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference (PNSQC) in Portland OR, followed by my keynote Model-Based Testing Spreading Into Many Industrial Domains at the first Model-Based Testing (MBT) User Conference in Berlin, Germany. End of October in Shanghai, China for the fifth World Congress for Software Quality (WCSQ).