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QA Authors November 18, 2009

Posted by yvettefrancino in QA.

When I talk about the benefits of social media, one of the examples I give is that it’s possible to actually get to know the people who have authored books that you’ve read. I find this fascinating.

I know that authors — especially authors of heavy text books that you lug around in a backpack or get out of the reference section of the library — seem removed from “real life.”  They are these intellectual geniuses that have multiple advanced degrees from ivy-league universities.  You don’t usually put them in the same category as “Facebook Friends.”  But maybe that’s changing!

Yesterday, I blogged that I’d emailed Chris McMahon about his Writing About Testing Conference.   Here was my proposal:

I’ve been exploring the idea about writing a book called “The Social World of QA.” This would cover the latest trends in QA and how we can use social media to tap into the minds of experts all over the world.  I would like to interview some of those experts and have profile pieces that would explore beyond the mechanics of testing, but delve more into the person — Where does their passion for quality come from? What experiences have they had that has brought them to where they are today? What great lessons have they learned both in their career and in life? I would like to summarize some of their expertise, but more importantly, expose a more personal side of the leaders.  I believe blogs are popular because we often can see that human element and that’s what I would like to do with these profile pieces. My hope in coming to the conference would be that it would give me an opportunity to interview these leaders in person and get to know them — the essence of what I’m hoping to do for this book.

I don’t know if I’ll make it to the conference, but Chris invited me to join a Socialtext community about Writing About Testing — a community that includes many of the intellectual authors on my “All Things QA” list!  Then today, after I’d commented on his blog, I was FaceBook friended by one of the authors of the new “Beautiful Testing” book, Matthew Heusser! Cool! I could even throw a virtual snow ball at him! (I won’t don’t do that, though.  I really don’t like those pathetic FaceBook games except for possibly after taking a virtual tequila shot or two..)

More on Socialtext and Beautiful Testing in upcoming blog posts…  Stay tuned…



1. Dave - November 18, 2009

Where is my virtual tequila shot!

yvettefrancino - November 18, 2009

Be careful what you wish for, Dave! And since you’re local, I can even through a REAL snowball at you!

2. Hendrisue - November 19, 2009

Nice information….thanks very much. Nice articles…………………….:D

3. Matthew Heusser - November 19, 2009

Thank you, Yvette, I’m pleased, and more than a little humbled.

At Stareast a few years back, Harry Robinson asked me “so Matt, how does it feel to be a minor celebrity at a small conference in a niche industry?”


yvettefrancino - November 19, 2009

Funny quote. I blogged again today about Beautiful Testing and your Grandmother’s quote. I’m going to start collecting these. Then maybe I can write my own book: “I’m picking up Good Quotations”

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