Tuesday, October 12, 2010

On My Own

Well, it finally happened. I quit my job.

Readers who have been around a while will know that I was an employee during the day and a writer and project tester at night (and some weekends, when it wasn't too pretty out). Through no fault of my employer, I have decided that it's time to pursue my own path.

I've joined Abakas full time as a test consultant.

So what's an Abakas?

Abakas is at its core a group of engineers who really like diving into new code bases and working with a lot of interesting people. We're developers, testers, and a designer or two. We've been doing - actually doing, not just talking about - various forms of agile development (SCRUM, XP, and lots of "tweaked" variations thereon) for years, and we like sharing what we've learned. We've developed everything from a cloud deployment module to a personal health website complete with calorie calculations and exercise logs to a huge restructuring of a multi-language multi-hour build system. Working mostly in Java and in Ruby on Rails, we've done many different things, and we've gotten pretty darn good at it.

Not to sound casual, but engineering can be fun and engineering can be collaborative, and part of what we do is help you get that excitement, too. There's no reason you shouldn't see your work in progress, and there's no reason we shouldn't work toward your end goal iteratively.

So if you have a project and don't have the guys to do it (maybe they're all busy on other things, or maybe you don't have an engineering team yet), or if someone said "hey, we're scrum" and your testers don't know what that means for them, drop us a line. Let's plunge in and get started - we'll see where it goes, together.

Oh, and tomorrow I promise a testing-related post!


  1. Congratulations and good wishes to you. I'm a regular reader, I hope you keep writing!

  2. Hi Catherine, thats great news. I look forward to reading your adventures!

  3. Congratulations and good luck!

  4. Congrats! It's nice to see so many testers taking the opportunity to move forward, these days. I wish you all the best with your new challenges - and hope to get as many comments from you on my writing as I got previously. Thanks so much.

  5. Neat... I hope it works out great for you. Good luck! :)

  6. Congratulations & Good luck.

    Collaborative effort can only be achieved with likeminded people or I would say we need to earn the likelihood. I wish you all the very best for future endeavors.

  7. Good luck!!! Looking forward to hear your adventure stories!!!

  8. Good for you! I can't wait to see the new places this will take you and your awesome blog.