Monday, June 24, 2013

STC 2012 Keynote Video

Last December I was fortunate enough to be invited as one of several keynoters at Software Testing Conference 2012 in Bangalore, India.

I spoke on Test Automation for the Non-Technical Tester—the idea that folks with a background in manual or less-technical testing are often mystified and/or outright fearful of test automation. My talk’s about ensuring those skilled testers understand that getting the right amount of automation in place frees them to do real testing instead of rote repetition of horrible manual test cases.

The volume on this video is very, very low, but it’s pretty clean so you should be able to hear well if you pump up things locally.

You can find the accompanying deck, as usual, over at the awesome SpeakerDeck.

Hope you enjoy this!

My “It’s Not About You” Talk from KalX 2013 is live!

Mike Eaton invited me back to his KalamazooX Conference this last year. He was kind enough to put me in the opening spot—pretty tough considering the amazing set of folks that followed me.

My talk, It’s Not About You, got recorded and is posted up on Vimeo. (You can find the deck at my SpeakerDeck page.)

Jim Holmes - It's not about you from The Kalamazoo X Conference on Vimeo.

This talk’s about stuff that’s really important to me. I’m never happy with any of my talks, but that’s likely my own Impostor Syndrome taking over.

(PS: If you want to watch it in HD, you’ll have to watch it directly off the Vimeo page.)

I hope you like the talk, and I hope you get something out of it.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

New Book Published!

Some of you may be aware I co-authored a book Windows Developer Power Tools some years ago. That book was a huge labor of love, and due to its nature, outdated the instant it was published. It took a lot out of me, and I swore I’d never write another book.

Like I’m good at promises…

It’s taken me some years, but I finally got around to authoring and publishing a new book. I’ve kept quiet about this because it’s something that’s pretty core to my fundamental beliefs and I wanted to get it done and published with some quiet space. I bit off a project about something that I’m passionate about, and that starts off quite a bit of argument and debate in the industry.

Without further ado, I’d like to announce publication of Best Practices in Software Engineering and Testing, published live on LeanPub.

Thanks for reading, thanks for caring about improving our industry through proper use of Best Practices.

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