Innovation at Google

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I’ve just finished watching Patrick Colepand QCon Keynote about innovation and thought I would share it with everyone interested by innovation. In 40 minutes you will learn about the first three principles of the eXtreme innovation approach based on the Pretotyping Manifesto: Innovators Beat Ideas, Pretotypes Beat Productypes, and Data Beats Opinion. Excellent keynote with some great and practical ideas! As always Patrick delivers!

The keynote video and slides can be found here.

AND this post gives me the opportunity to show you my last low-tech gadget: The Boogie Board. Can’t surf with it but it can grab some thoughts I might have during the day icon smile Innovation at Google Nah, it’s not an iPad. Heck, I can’t even connect this thing to my Mac! And this is why it is so special icon smile Innovation at Google And my kids can borrow it … Sometime.

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Managing a lab for performance testing … Feel the pain !

server room Managing a lab for performance testing ... Feel the pain !

I’ve always wanted to write a post about an important aspect of performance testing: Budgeting your hardware environment for Performance Testing. While managing a QA organization at Experian, it’s been one of the least enjoyable part of my job. Managing and growing people, sure ! Anytime ! Managing a large hardware environment? mmm .. Not so much. But it’s necessary to build it and manage it seriously if you want to run proper performance testing. The fact that I had to manage a large hardware budget during an economic downturn was actually a good thing as I had to be creative to find alternative and I became pretty damn good at rolling on the floor to get what I need from our finance guy … icon wink Managing a lab for performance testing ... Feel the pain !

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Jumping into the future of Software Testing – The reasons I’m joining SOASTA

thefuture Jumping into the future of Software Testing – The reasons I’m joining SOASTA

Every now and then there are discussion about the future of Software Testing. Lately I’ve seen a post from Lanette Cream (The future of testing is wide open) and Jeff Goldsmith from SauceLabs (The Future of Testing). Trends are around Agile Testing, Automation, Continuous testing, Crowd Testing and last but not least: Cloud Testing. It matches the results of the poll I’ve created a while back. If you’re passionate about Software Testing, you’re following all these trends and probably implement some of the new innovation within your team. I know I did while building my organization at Experian Decision Analytics:

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Learn to manage your emotional bank accounts and build trust

trust Learn to manage your emotional bank accounts and build trust

I’ve started my career as a typical Software Engineer, messing up with C++ and Java code on B2B software (good time !). During that same time, I had the opportunity to see Lou Gerstner on stage as he was visiting our IBM campus. It was right in the middle of the e-Business period and Lou was here to explain us what e-Business was about and what it meant for us. It was one hour which changed my life. I was so impressed by the message, the clarity, the energy, the motivation. I knew from that point on that this was something I wanted to do: Being able to have this type of impact on people. being able to share a vision, drive a business, etc. I guess I would have had the same conclusion if I had the opportunity to see Jack Welsh on a stage. He’s also one of my role model.

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Behind the cloud is a great read !

behindthecloud Behind the cloud is a great read !

Damn ! I just realized that my latest article is almost 1 month old ! This is unacceptable for my trusted readers and as I spend a night in London I decided to share one of my latest read. I did read during the past months but for once, I indulged myself with some great science-fiction books I had in my stack: The forever war from Joe Hadelman (always trust a classic. This is an awesome read !), the Ophiuchi Hotline from John Varley and The Currents of Space from the man himself, Isaac Asimov (I’m a huge fan …).

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Building high performing Software Testing team – 90 days plan (part 1)

team21 Building high performing Software Testing team   90 days plan (part 1)
You’ve just started your new job as a QA manager, QA Director, Senior VP of Software Testing etc. Your title doesn’t really matter as long as your responsibility implies some of amount of management and responsibility for one or multiple products. There is no secret recipes to become successful in your new job but the first 90 days are an incredible opportunity for you to set the tone for this next move in your career. This limited window of opportunity should be used to create sustainable advantage to pave a successful way for you and the products you’re responsible for. Optimally during these 90 first days, you should be able to:

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Building high performing Software Testing team – Part 1 – Organizational climate

team21 Building high performing Software Testing team   Part 1   Organizational climate
For the past 3 years, I’ve been trying to build the best possible Software Testing organization For Experian Decision Analytics. During my vacation, I had a bit of time to reflect back on these 3 years and identify what building blocks were critical toward my initial goal. Trust me, it’s been a roller coaster ride but I’m feeling very proud of the team today and confident about the future. In this series of article, I’ll try to describe what I’ve done to build what I would consider a pretty damn good team ! icon smile Building high performing Software Testing team   Part 1   Organizational climate

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