Friday, May 27, 2011

PODCAST FRIDAY: TWiST #47 w/ Randy Rice

So I'm excited about this week's interviewee.

I can't say for sure, but I think Randy Rice may be the first tester to produce a regular podcast. Over at, the oldest entries are Randy's, so if there are older regularly created podcasts, then I don't know about them. Randy did several podcasts early on in an interview format with Mickey O'Neill that were influential in the way that TWiST is formatted today, so it felt really good to be doing an interview with one of my "testing heroes" and a true podcasting pioneer :).

Randy has been in the game awhile and has seen many changes in the industry over the years. I've also read his "Surviving the Top Ten Challenges of Software Testing" book (my review of which is here), have regularly visited his site over the years and read his various articles, and was really excited to hear about his new book, Testing Dirty Systems.

One of the really valuable pieces of this particular interview is Randy's experience and evaluation of literally hundreds of testing tools over the years. One of his presentations that he gives is on "Cheap and Free Test Tools", which he shares more than a few really good examples of here. Bur really, don't take my word for it, go and have a listen to Episode #47.

Standard disclaimer:

Each TWiST podcast is free for 30 days, but you have to be a basic member to access it. After 30 days, you have to have a Pro Membership to access it, so either head on over quickly (depending on when you see this) or consider upgrading to a Pro membership so that you can get to the podcasts and the entire library whenever you want to :). In addition, Pro membership allows you to access and download to the entire archive of Software Test and Quality Assurance Magazine, and its issues under its former name, Software Test and Performance.

TWiST-Plus is all extra material, and as such is not hosted behind STP’s site model. There is no limitation to accessing TWiST-Plus material, just click the link to download and listen.

Again, my thanks to STP for hosting the podcasts and storing the archive. We hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we enjoy making them :

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