Friday, December 10, 2010

TWiST #23 with Mark Crowther

Is it noticeable? The new mic went into effect for this episode, so for the first time in 15 shows I had to re-record the intro and outro. Felt a little jarring at first; I’d gotten used to the other intros and their cadence. I also have to adjust to the sensitivity of the standalone mic; it’s much more live, so every pop, click and exhale is amplified and articulated way more distinctly. I even pulled out my old Pop Screen attachment I used to use when I recorded vocals in my home studio. It proved to be very helpful.

For today’s episode, Matt talks with Marc Crowther, a QA/Test Manager and tester who has had experiences in both the software side of things and the actual manufacturing side. Much of the conversation was based around software development and software testing trying to shoe-horn standardization and auditing tools designed for manufacturing into the development and test space, and how that often becomes a frustrating path (and perhaps not even a very lucrative one for time and energy invested). I liked his discussion at the end of the piece about decreasing unnecessary and repetitive artifacts, and I found myself really appreciating his perspective on this. If you’d like to listen along, please go here to listen to Episode 23.

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