29 years ago today, I started on my first contract/consulting project here in Oklahoma City. We had been living in Olathe, KS for two years while I learned a lot about QA and testing while working at Home Office Reference Lab. But, we were ready to move back home to OKC closer to friends and family. There were no testing jobs here, so God and I created one!
That first project was a magnificent failure and taught me a lot. It has been an amazing journey taking Janet and me, and our sons, around the world as I taught and consulted software testing to a multitude of really great people. Taking that step was one of the scariest things I ever did. No safety net at all.
I am thankful to God for the great times and the low times, and to my family for putting up with it all, especially the travel with me away so much. The road life isn't all that glamorous. The money isn't always there, either.
I am thankful I was able to see the apex of testing and quality. Sadly, it is not what it used to be.
I am so thankful to my wife, Janet for her unwavering support in so many ways. Finally, I am thankful to all my friends and clients (it's great when they are the same people) for your support all these years. Thanks to my mentors as well for helping me keep perspective.
I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I know the One who holds it! Thank you!