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The Domain Is The Thing!

“Time is a game played beautifully by children.”
― Heraclitus, Fragments
I had an interesting experience this weekend. A friend of mine contacted me and asked for some ideas to help her daughter learn about testing video games.

Think about that for a minute. I've had a lot of kids, including my oldest nephew ask about game design and creating video games, but my friend mentioned testing. Testing as a career. Testing as something that happens with a technology genre most kids are introduced to first.

Games and tech have had a long marriage and they have shepherded many a child into the tech industry with ideas of creating or designing games for the next generation of kids.

This isn't a new thing either. A friend of mine from my second grade class showed me game designs he had created on paper after I had shown him some of the stuff I was writing. We were 9 years old. Personal computers were barely an idea then. I know he was talking about the Atari or ar…

Test Bash Philly 99 Second Talk - Leap, Don't Look

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Leap, Don't Look  Superheroes have to start somewhere.
They learn over time. They have complex stories. They do things at times we all wonder about. They do things we wish we could do ourselves.
A short time ago,  I wished I could write more,  I wished I could speak more,  I wished I could learn and grow my skills.
I did a lot of wishing. 
I wished for people to understand my viewpoint,  or at least give me credit for the good ideas along with the dumb ones.
I wished my life was more interesting than it was.
I wished.
One day, I stopped wishing and I did.
It was a small step.  Just a tiny one. 
I wrote an essay for a contest about how much I loved Ministry of Testing and Test Bash.
In two years, I've gone from wishing to doing.  I've traveled more,  I write more,  I've learned more and continue to do so.
So Leap, don't look. Do, don't wait. Don't let fear of failure and what if's stop you.
Be your own superhero.
Testers thrive on doing the impossible,  …

Mel's Rant: Non-technical Testing Is An Oxymoron

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"The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing." - Isaac Asimov

Somewhere in the the distant past, like a decade ago, manual testing wasn't considered non-technical. It was actually considered to be a very technical job in which someone doing the testing had to understand computers, operating systems, command line syntax to access everything from the directory to error logs, and a million other things that started appearing in the computing ecosystem.

Fast forward to present day, manual testers everywhere are being called non-technical because they don't practice automation on a regular basis. 
When did understanding computers become a non-technical thing? 
We don't call business analysts non-technical. They produce technical writing and information necessary for developers and testers to understand how code is supposed to be created and work. 
We don't call customer service reps non-technical. They deal with customers that are even less t…

Surviving A Change In Your Work Status

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Don't Panic! If you are reading this not long after the event of your layoff or firing, don't worry, you aren't alone. Also, it's not the end of the world either. Sometimes the worst things that happen are a huge chance to re-evaluate everything and make bold decisions.

I was recently laid off. It's not a happy situation for anyone. Some may revel in escorting people out the door, but for the most part, everybody is uncomfortable with it.

There is a lot of anger and resentment that can come up. Feelings of rejection or remorse. Those are all very common. If you are on the other side of the coin, where suddenly you feel like a weight is lifted, life seems a little easier, or just more bearable, maybe you knew you should have, could have, left that place a long time ago. But some sense of duty or sheer will to prove that you could offer value and help make things better kept you there longer than you should have. It's alright. Either way, you are free to go off…