General

Hello, World!

Well, here I am. A little background about me…

Home base has always Kansas, so I’m a mid-westerner at heart. After meeting my wife Wendi, we longed for something new and moved halfway across the country to Portland, OR. We live here with our three furry kids – Juneau, Ziggy, and Kylo. I run. I science. I nerd. I also make verbs out of nouns.

I’ve worked in a number of places since I was 16: retirement home, movie theater, collections law office. I’ve done retail and serving. I’m just used to working with people. For what I consider my “professional” career (ie – post-collegiate), I’ve always been online. It started with some smart people at a small news aggregation company called Infoition News Service, where I was first an analyst but soon moved into an Industry Editor position. From there I moved on to CivicPlus, a company that builds websites for cities, counties, and other municipal entities. This is where I first became a Project Manager. It was a pretty easy job in terms of going through the motions of each project and not having any surprises. It was a good opportunity to see how projects are structured if anything. After moving to Portland, I joined the team at Emerge Interactive, a digital innovation company that produces websites and apps. This is where I *really* learned what it is to be a PM. Emerge is a full-service digital agency that does everything from strategy to design to development. I dig it.

I’ve been with the company for over 5 years now. I discovered during that time that I’m pretty damn good at testing, so I started to learn about Quality Assurance. As a result, I’ve had the privilege of establishing the QA department and creating the philosophy of our testing approach.  As it stands, I am fortunate to hold a dual role and be a part-time PM and a part-time QA Analyst. I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on how to be a PM, but I’m learning what it is to be a good tester. I sometimes feel like I don’t know what I’m doing, but then I’ll talk to another PM and feel like a genius (sorry PMs!).

I went to my first QA conference in Vancouver, BC this past summer (CAST 2016) to ask questions and have discussions instead of just reading articles on how to test, which is what eventually led to the creation of this blog. I learned that I already have a good grasp on the principles of testing, but there’s still a lot more to learn. I figure I could track my journey to help sort out what I learn, but also open up the platform to others experiencing the same journey. We can commiserate!

So, here I am.

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