Alan Page

Alan Page

Alan is a funky guy who knows a lot about software testing – especially testing at Microsoft. He was the lead author on the book How We Test Software at Microsoft, contributed chapters for Beautiful Testing (Adam Goucher/Tim Riley) on large-scale test automation and Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation (Dorothy Graham/Mark Fewster) on device simulation framework and wrote the foreword to James Whittaker’s Exploratory Software Testing: Tips, Tricks, Tours, and Techniques to Guide Test Design. More than just having the knowledge and writing about it (also see his blog at www.angryweasel.com/blog) he was a recent Director of Test Excellence at Microsoft looking after the technical training program for testers (some 10,000 of them) and other activities focused on improving testers, test tools, and testing across Microsoft so Alan knows a thing or two about training and how to help you learn. Currently a Principal Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET) on the Xbox team, he continues to coach and mentor testers and test managers across the organisation on testing approaches and techniques. Alan also leads Microsoft's Test Architect Group (Alan was one of the first Test Architects at Microsoft) as well as other internal quality and testing focused communities and is active outside Microsoft with the Seattle Area Software Quality Assurance Group (SASQAG) and other groups. If you’d like a sneak peek into Alan’s thoughts, as well as his blog, you can view a couple of video-inars on Vimeo. All that makes Alan someone well worth coming along to meet, hear from and learn with, but how’d he get his funk? Music, of course. In a time before Microsoft while holding down a day job as a bicycle messenger Alan (mis-)spent nights rockin’ it away with numerous bands (he holds a masters degree in music composition and taught music in public schools for 4 years). It was while he was with a 9 piece funk band that angry weasel came up in a story out of Germany to, "beware of the tooth of the weasel". Angry Weasel got hung as Alan’s monkier and almost became the name of the band. I’m sure many of you’ll agree that “tooth of the weasel” is more suited to the blog of a software tester than a funk band. So there you have it. Alan is just another ‘lost musician’ who, as a number of others have, has found a better home in software development. If you ask nicely Alan might bang out a tune for you, he can certainly help your testing hum.