Friday, October 30, 2015


Yes, once again I have been a slacker regarding blog posts.  Some recent events are worth mentioning.

I am extremely excited that I have been nominated and selected as a Board Member for the newly formed non-profit, Veterans4Quality.  We are getting things off the ground, but the 30,000-foot view is that this organization provides training to Veterans on how to test software.

Last night I had the pleasure of being an instructor for this graduating class.  They are such a great group of people.  I hope they got some value from the class because I certainly did.

I hopefully introduced them to some tools they had not previously been exposed too.  Here are the topics that I covered:

  • Schools of Testing, highlighting Context-Driven
  • Mind Maps
  • Heuristics, distributed Elisabeth Hendrickson's cheat sheet
  • Oracles
  • Mnemonics
  • Charters
  • BugMagnet
It was interactive and a really good dialog.  

One student/comedian in the room stated he did not like the XMind tool because it had a template for a "Honey Do List".  Later he kindly pointed out that I was not using autosave functionality for XMind.  I certainly took note.

I had a blast sharing my experiences with this great group of Veterans.

If you are a software company in Austin texas, these Veteran's are looking to cap-off their education with a 90-day internship, so please give them a shot at a bright future with a career in Software testing.

  • ‘internships’ are 90 days – NO STRINGS for extensions or hiring
  • Companies can bring them in direct as 1099’s (which you did at HomeAway) or Veterans4Quality can bring them in as 1099 and be the ‘bank’ for the companies
  • Min. rate $18
  • Start date – fluid – in that we’d like them to start by week of Nov. 16th
  • Contact me for more details or questions  []
@Brenda - Thank you for this awesome opportunity!