Today is the 20th anniversary of Rice Consulting Services! It has been an amazing ride. I'm thankful to God for keeping His business going for this long.
It was 20 years ago today...Sgt. Peppers taught his band to play....I mean we moved from Kansas City back to our home of Oklahoma City to start Rice Consulting Services. My first project was the Oklahoma City Water Trust, which was a major failure. I call it "the day I tested myself out of a job" because I asked whether or not the system had been stress tested. Turns out, it hadn't and it could not stand any load. The system never saw the light of day. You can read all about it here. It's worth your time.
Then, I got to know people like Bill Perry who gave me a great national platform with the opportunity to speak at the QAI testing conferences. We wrote together, Surviving the Top Ten Challenges of Software Testing, which opened many other doors.
Thanks to all of my friends and clients, who have supported us in the good and bad times.
Thanks to Janet, my wife and President of RCS, who is 100% behind this business and understands what small business is like. We eat what we shoot. We take risks that would make some people sleepless. There are no guarantees or bailouts for small businesses. We are small enough to fail, but by the grace of God, we keep going and serving our clients.
I feel like one the farmers who won the lottery a few years back. When asked what they were going to do with the money, one of them said, "We're gonna keep farmin' til the money runs out."
So, I raise my cup of coffee to you, my friends that read this blog. Thanks for your support. I look forward to 20 more years. We will probably still be talking about how to write test plans. And, that is...well, depressing in a way, but shows the never-ending job of skill building in testing.