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Getting Started July 10, 2009

Posted by yvettefrancino in Uncategorized.

getting_started It’s always a good feeling to have a fresh start. That’s the way I feel right now. New blog. New technologies. New possibilities!

Since this is my first post in this blog, let me introduce myself. My name’s Yvette Francino and I’m a cyberholic. I love cyberspace! I actually love technology of all sorts. With every article or blog or application I encounter, I just want to dig in and learn more. But that could literally keep me in front of the computer for the rest of my life, so I also  take time to enjoy the beautiful Boulder scenery with hiking and running. I’ve been blessed with 3 incredible kids and lots of friends and family,  so I have plenty of reasons to not be sitting in front of the computer all day. But the fact remains…I never tire of the internet or Laptop Guy, my constant companion.

For the past 10 years I’ve had my dream job as an IT Manager at Sun Microsystems. I’d been a software developer at IBM and Diners Club, and when I started at Sun, I let a software development team.  Within a few years, in 2002, I was asked to manage a new QA group.  Up until that time, the QA staff were on the development teams, but I was tasked with forming a new centralized QA group.

At first I wasn’t too thrilled with this assignment. My background was in development, not QA!  But the first thing I did was form a community of QA professionals at Sun where we could share and learn from one another.  That was a turning point in my career.  By collaborating with others, our team thrived and continued to improve processes and quality. I learned a ton from my staff and QA experts at Sun and soon became recognized as a go to leader in the world of QA at Sun Microsystems.  One big learning from that experience: It’s not what you know as much as who you know.

Unfortunately, with the many industry changes, our QA team was replaced with an outsourced organization. I went on to experience other IT Management opportunities at Sun, but was impacted by their latest reduction in force.  Upon examining when I was happiest in my career, I discover it was during the time I was a QA manager. And just like in 2002, I plan to start by forming a community of other QA managers. And this time, it’s not just Sun… there’s a whole world of QA managers out there to network with. So, as they say in the computer industry:

Hello World!