I'm tremendously excited to announce my new career change: as of today I'm Telerik's newest evangelist!
I'll be spreading the word about Telerik's great Test Studio set of tools and their backing framework. Even more importantly, I'll be spending a great amount of time interacting with testers and developers across a number of communities! I'm really looking forward to being able to spend time talking with testers who are doing both manual and automated testing, and figuring out where we can help.
This new position really ties in to a number of things I'm passionate about: testing (of course), getting out in communities, interacting with folks to find out what works and what doesn't in their environments, speaking, writing, the list goes on. Test Studio speaks very dearly to me, having been through the wringer with leading a team writing a large suite of Selenium tests. The toolset offers up some really wonderful approaches to helping teams work through web and WPF automated testing -- and there's a LOT more coming down the pipe!
I'm very, VERY excited to be on board with Telerik. I'd interviewed with them five or so years ago, but chose a different path at that time. Thankfully they were still interested in me after all these years! Telerik's well-known for their community involvement; something that drew me to them years ago -- they were also the first sponsor of the Dayton .NET Developers Group, thanks to an introduction from Joe Kunk.
There will be a lot of exciting things going on, including me getting to spend a significant amount of time back doing technical work instead of leading a team and herding cats outside of that. I was extraordinarily fortunate to run a tremendous team of seven folks in my previous position; it's going to be equally as wonderful focusing my energies on creating content, helping educate folks, and best of all, LEARNING for myself.
Telerik has a great group of people working for them, and I'm honored to be among them!