About Andy


Hello! I’m a consulting practice lead, living in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. I’ve worked in automated testing for 20+ years, working for companies including big ones like Microsoft and small ones like GovDelivery. My current employer is an awesome consulting company called C2 Solutions. All opinions expressed by me on this blog are solely my own and do not represent the views of any of my past, present, or future employers. Heather’s opinions are also her own – I can’t take credit for those, though I generally respect them a great deal. πŸ™‚

I spent several years studying with Cem Kaner at Florida Tech and have recently resumed my doctoral studies, doing qualitative research on how testers with different approaches interact and work together (or get in each other’s way!) to solve testing problems. I believe in the principles of context-driven testing though I no longer consider myself a Context-Driven Tester. I believe that brand has been irretrievably tarnished through the behavior of multiple people over the years. I am one of the original signers of the 7 Basic Principles, as published in the book Lessons Learned in Software Testing by Cem Kaner, James Bach, and Bret Pettichord. I also consider myself a Software Craftsman. These days, I’ve codified my testing philosophy into something I call Modern Testing. I hope to write more about that here soon.

When I’m not coding away, I can often be found working on my photography (see my work here!), solving logic puzzles, reading (non-fiction, history, and sci-fi/fantasy mostly), researching my family genealogy, or enjoying the beautiful state and vibrant metro area that I live in, possibly with camera in hand.

You can find me all over the ‘Net – the side bar has links to many of my more active profiles. You can also email me at andy@tinkham.org or andy@c2its.com. Thanks for stopping by our blog!

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