Ask the Tester – August 2013 – Taking Questions NOW through 9/13/2013

Thanks to everyone that submitted questions for our article last month.  The interview with Jari Laakso from YOPESO was just published – you can see the updates at the following link: Ask The Tester July 2013

However, it’s time for our next article… and I need your help.  If you’re a test practitioner, leader, or simply have testing related questions for my August 2013 candidate, please submit a comment to this blog.  If selected, your question will be published in our next Ask The Tester column.  I will be taking questions here through Friday, September 13th.

Submit your comment / question as soon as possible and increase your chances of being part of our article!!  So let me tell you a little about Melissa Tondi……

  • Melissa has been in the Software Test/QA/Quality Engineering field for more than 15 years.
  • She has focused on organizing Software Testing teams around three major tenets: efficiency, innovation, and culture.
  • In her current role, she is the Vice President of Mobile practice for ProtoTest
  • She is the founder of Denver Mobile and Automation Quality Engineering (DMAQ) community.
  • Her previous roles have been as:
    • Director of Software Quality Engineering for a 150+ person org for the world’s largest education company
    • QA Consultant for healthcare, finance, and software-as-a-service (SAAS) industries
    • President of Colorado’s Software Quality Association of Denver (SQuAD).
  • In her role with ProtoTest, she is building a Testing practice in the innovative world of Mobile where the concentration is on Functional, Performance, Security and User Experience and the innovative testing techniques that are rising in the Mobile Testing arena.

Follow Melissa on Twitter @melissatondi

Please submit your questions below as comments to this blog.  Please add the following so that we can include in the article:

  • Your Name
  • Title
  • Company / group
  • Geographical location

Melissa will now take your questions!

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Ask the Tester – July 2013

It’s been four months since my last article with STP – but we are published again today!

Please take a look at my latest interview with Jari Laakso.  And thanks to each and everyone who contributed to the questions.

I will be creating a new blog this weekend to open up for questions for my next interview ‘victim’, Melissa Tondi.

Here’s the link to the article published today – I hope you enjoy it!

Ask the Tester – July 2013

And check out the STPCon Conference, coming this October in Phoenix, AZ.  Please try to attend!

Are You Smarter Than a Test Manager?

Does this title make you sing the theme to the popular TV game show “Are you smarter than a 5th grader?” It probably does.

I wanted to inform all my readers that I have been selected to teach a course at the next Software Test Professionals conference (STPCon which is in Phoenix, Arizona in October).

If you’re in the testing field, or if software testing interests you, I encourage you to check out this conference.  This will be my third time speaking with them, and included with this all day tutorial, I will be speaking on two other topics at the conference.  Their link is:  STPCon Conference Site

Check out my tutorial course at the following link:

Are You Smarter Than a Test Manager – Mike Lyles Tutorial

My goal with this specific course is to pull together a room full of professionals in the testing world which will discuss the common areas where organizations are not in alignment.  Driving change and understanding will always revolve around first making sure the team driving that change is aligned.  Therefore, we will have a very productive and interactive session, and collaborate our thoughts, documents, and results so that everyone can take these ideas back to their respective teams and build creative and innovative solutions to the problems we face today.

Thanks to all of my supporters and blog followers!  Stay tuned for more to come!

Time Does NOT Equal Money!

time is moneyHow many times have we heard the phrase “Time is Money”.  While I get what is being said, it’s far from the truth.

I’ve had plans to write on this topic for some time, and while surfing the internet, I found one with all the same points already out there.  I encourage you to check out this blog/article – it makes a lot of sense!

http://spearsmarketing.com/1302/time-money/

Zig Ziglar once said “you have never heard someone on their deathbed saying ‘I wish I had worked more hours'”.

We should all evaluate our lives and determine where we can give time back to ourselves and our families – and to the things that matter most in life.  Work hard, give 110%, but look around you and determine where you are wasting time and focus on giving certain tasks and ownership away so that you get back the time you are losing every day.

As the article states, you can make more and more money.  Even when you run out of money, you can start making it again.  But once time is gone, it’s over.  There is no regaining lost time.

Spend your time wisely – it’s an investment that does not return equally to you.  The benefits of how you spend your time will be returned to you in family and friends who see the value of your time management.  It will be returned to you in children who admire you for the efforts you make to spend valuable time with them instead of wasting it on things that have no value.  It will be returned to you in finding the right career or opportunity that will allow you to maximize your time doing the things you love in your work and career, and giving you back time to do those things that are most important.

The clock is ticking….what are you doing today to change tomorrow?