Friday, October 22, 2010

TWIST # 17: Going Down Under Again to Discuss Homegrown Automation




Wow, talk about a whirlwind! This was the fastest I’ve yet turned around an episode (I was going to say “ever” but really, is three months a long enough time to be discussing “ever”?). This was, of course, prompted by necessity; I was to leave for the Pacific Northwest Software Quality Conference in the early morning hours on Sunday (2:30 AM, to be exact… I chose to drive this time because, well, I’m kinda’ weird like that, and I thought it would be fun). Plus, it gave me the flexibility to visit friends I otherwise wouldn’t be able to see on the way back. The point is, I’m getting the hang of turning these things and, well, learning to be a little less “precise” when it comes to editing. What do I mean by that? I mean I am becoming more willing to keep a more natural flow for the conversation, even if it means a stray “umm” or stutter gets left in there. If it’s a standalone, those are easy to pull, but some are run together so closely that pulling them out makes the conversation sound like it’s on “auto-tune”, i.e. the opposite of natural.


So today, Matt goes down under once again to talk with Australian located tester Marlena Compton, New Zealand's Oliver Erlewein, and TWiST’s New Zealand producer Farid Vaswani. The conversation covered a number of interesting topics, but the core of the talk centered on abandoning the hype of mass market automation and focusing on the more home grown aspects of automation as it really applies to companies in their day to day operations.

For those who want to check it out, here is Episode #17.

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