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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!



1. Phil Kirkham - September 21, 2009

Good to see you’ve found The Software Testing Club – hope you enjoy the community there and hope you continue with your blog

2. yvettefrancino - September 21, 2009

Thanks, Phil! How exciting to get my first comment. Both the Software Testing Club and your blog look like great resources! I look forward to connecting.

3. Rosh Cherian - October 2, 2009

I like this blog, because it focuses on a topic that is rarely discussed, which is managing the QA team. I am sure that there are many of us are out there, as QA Managers all over the world, and would like to hear through this blog the technical and funny things that we have learned at different stages of our careers.

Interesting that there is an aspect of Social media, which Yvette is exploring. I wonder whether the same old techniques of QA works for Social Media Products, whose contents, and permutations evolve every day..

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