…well, more of a U story to date.
I’m a software tester; have been for about 12 years now. I’m a member of a community in the testing industry known as the Context-Driven Testing (CDT) Community. It’s not just a community, but also an approach and a paradigm of thinking. The reason you find me here? I love usability (the U I mentioned above). In the testing industry I don’t think we (generalising of course) pay anywhere near enough attention to usability. For that reason I’ve been drawn to the UX world.
To begin with it was a learning journey. I wanted to know more about usability and so I found myself very quickly in the depths of UX articles, blogs, and wonderful sites like UXmastery (cough, cough). It quickly became a solid interest and one that I hope to do more with in the coming years.
My wife did a brief stint as a usability analyst for a large government department here in Australia and then found herself in the accessibility test team for the same department. So we’ve had some interesting conversations which also sparked my interest.
Since then I’ve written a few articles on usability (from a software testing industry perspective), and also recently presented at STARCanada (a big testing conference held in Toronto) on the subject. Trying my best to spread the good word and all.
So far my best read has been Don’t Make Me Think by Mr Krug (I’m sure most of you, if not all, know it). It’s the best not only because it’s good, but it’s the only one of read so far (on that specific subject). I hope to rectify that very soon.
I have a few blogs that I own or contribute to…
http://martialtester.wordpress.com/ - My software testing blog. Why martial? I’m also a martial artist. I have practiced Taekwondo, Karate, Jiu jitsu, Boxing, and Kickboxing. I LOVE it, ALL of it. Definitely my second passion after my family. I can take many lessons my my martial arts and directly correlate them to my work in testing… and I’m writing a book on the subject.
http://useology.com/ - My self-education project. I’m not ultimately happy with it, but it’s an ongoing project. It has been a great learning experience which has let me start looking at HTML, CSS, themes, etc.
http://hellotestworld.com/ - A blog I contribute to for a small group of very passionate testers from Australia and NZ.
http://ozwst.wordpress.com/ - A Peer Conference I run here in Australia. Do you have Peer Conferences in the UX industry? If not, you should… they are wonderful and I’d be happy to help get one going if anyone has interest. Check out the Format page for more info, and take the link through to LAWST. Picture that format, but with a UX theme… magic I tell you!
My articles are all listed at http://martialtester.wordpress.com/articles/. Take a look at CAN I USE THIS? It’s my favourite, and was also the subject of my talk at STARCanada.
I’m @MartialTester and @useology on Twitter.
I have a beautiful wife, and equally beautiful almost 7 year old diva, ah I mean daughter. Everything I do is for them.
I have been a member of this community/forum pretty much from its inception, but I have been awfully quiet. Look out, that’s going to change!
I look forward to conferring with you all, and sucking as much knowledge out of you as I possibly can! Not selfish… much.