Friday, February 25, 2011

TWiST #34 - with Dawn Cannan




I’m trying to use a lighter hand on these interviews… as many of you know, I’m a bit OCD when it comes to Um’s and ah’s and other “stutters”, and usually, I work aggressively to edit them out.

While I feel that it makes for a more polished podcast recording, it also takes a lot of time to do it to that level, and in some ways, I think it may be too much work for too little benefit (a law of diminishing returns, so to speak). Thus, I’m experimenting with a more natural feel and focusing more on editing the flow of the show and the dialogue, and less on the ultra anal-retentive “speech police” attitude. BTW, this is not meant in any way to reflect on the speakers or their interview styles. Everyone does this to some level, myself included. More than anything else, I’d be interested in hearing back from some of you if you feel that the lighter hand is better, worse, or you really can’t tell the difference.

This week’s interview is with Dawn Cannan, who you can follow on Twitter as @dckismet and read her blog over at http://www.passionatetester.com/. Dawn focuses a lot of this interview on ideas related to writing about testing, why she chose to take the technical track rather than going the management route, the joys and challenges of working with distributred teams (specifically her role as a remote worker in that environment). She also spends some time talking about Selenesse, which is the blending ground and approach of using Selenium and Fitnesse together. In any event, if you’d like to listen to Episode, 34, by all means please do :).



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