My name is Alan Richardson. I'm a Software Development and Test consultant.
Consultants have a bad rep, until you meet a good one.
And I'm good.
I use my experience to work with you, hands on, quickly, and uniquely, to solve your problems.
I added a few more games to my buggy games page. These are simple games... Easy to grok from the code. Easy to play. Designed to test and find bugs in. Designed to be easy to cheat at. Over at http://compendiumdev.co.uk/games/buggygames Three new additions are The Grid Walker and The Random Walker and The OneTo Nine Calculator Game
The applications I test don't fit into an `Input -> Process -> Output` model very well, but its very tempting to generalise quickly to that model. Systems makes me think of something running and consuming or ignoring inputs all the time and I only jump in to concentrate on the inputs I care about and the outputs I'm observing. I don't test processes, I test systems. And I need to model them all the way down, and all they way back up to the system that includes me.⠀ ⠀ Learn more in the blog post, see link in profile - http://buff.ly/2pjWlSe⠀ ⠀
Do you audition staff, or do you interview them?⠀ ⠀ Do you recruit a person, or do you try and fulfil a role description?⠀ ⠀ I've tried to outline my basic audition/interview process on my blog (see link in profile http://buff.ly/2olf6Bo )⠀ ⠀ Basically I:⠀ ⠀ - ask questions to build a model of them⠀ - ask them to question me, so I see how they do that and how they model the job⠀ - pair with them to see how they do the job and understand their capabilities⠀ ⠀ What do you do?⠀ ⠀ ⠀
I automatically transcribed some audio where I mentioned "Miyamoto Musashi".⠀ ⠀ My transcription service wrote "Mere Human Musashi". Almost as though it was reminding me?⠀ ⠀ As indeed Miyamoto Musashi reminds us in his text 'A Book of Five Rings'⠀ ⠀ "If you master the principles of sword-fencing, when you freely beat one man, you ⠀ beat any man in the world. The spirit of defeating a man is the same for ten million men."⠀ ⠀ He, and we, are merely human. And what one can master, another can master, if they put their mind to it and practice.⠀ ⠀ If you haven't read A Book of Five Rings then you can find a translation by Victor Harris online at http://buff.ly/2okHwMd or see link in profile⠀ ⠀ Although this is a stock image and I'm not exactly sure where it came from, I think it is one of the statues on the hillside up to Reigando Cave where Miyamoto Musashi wrote his "Book of Five Rings"⠀ ⠀
I have just open sourced the first book that i wrote. The first version was not 'professional', I wrote it in a wordprocessor, exported to pdf, and uploaded it to Lulu and Lightning source. But it sold because I had a specific audience in mind, that I believed in, even if publishers did not. If you believe in the product you are creating then you find a way to get it to market, and don't allow 'professional' to cause you to procrastinate, 'good enough' is good enough. You can find the first and second editions (and all the source code) for my book on github https://github.com/eviltester/seleniumSimplifiedRCBook Or follow the link in the profile.
A year or so after releasing my unprofessional first published book. I created a 2nd edition because the tool I was writing about was updated - and there still were not good publishing tools available (so I wrote my own). You don't have to. There are easy to use publishing tools like leanpub.com which I have used for my last 3 published books. There is nothing stopping you entering self publishing with very professional tools with minimal learning curve.⠀ ⠀ You can find the first and second editions (and all the source code) for my book on github http://buff.ly/2ncsqcR⠀ ⠀ Or follow the link in the profile.