Friday, October 15, 2010

TWIST # 16: Extreme Programming and Tester Attributes with Catherine Powell

There’s always a trade-off, it seems :). Matt and I were reviewing the interview for last week, and for the sake of time, I’ll confess it was heavily edited. One of the challenges that you face when editing conversations is that, if not done with enough space, it can sounds really “jerky”; the conversation doesn’t sound natural. However, too much space and you get inconsistency in sound, or in some cases no sound, which sounds a little odd when there’s a natural noise floor. The funny thing is, as we have developed a sound that is clearer and getting closer to “radio production value”, which is my ultimate goal, things like this become more noticeable, which makes my job as an editor less simple (and thus, requires more testing of techniques, which ultimately makes it fun, since I learn some new trick or technique every week, it seems).

So for this week's TWiST, Matt talks with Catherine Powell of Abakus Consulting. Catherine is another of those classic “testers who fell into the gig”, just like me :). She comes from a finance background, and has been a part of the Extreme Programming and Agile movements for the better part of the past decade in Boston.

You can learn more about Catherine by reading her blog or reading about her company. Abakas Consulting focuses on on-demand test/dev services in the Boston area, and also provides training and coaching.

For those who want to check it out, here is Episode #16.

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