Per Scholas and Doran Jones at Clinton Global Initative

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Per Scholas, a New York-based national nonprofit that provides free IT job training and job placement to unemployed adults, makes a CGI Commitment to Action in partnership with New York-based IT consulting firm Doran Jones to immediately reshore 150 software testing jobs to the South Bronx and replicate model to additional cities across U.S. resulting in up to 200 jobs reshored in each city. Continue reading

De Blasio Envisions a Tech Hub in the Bronx, Doran Jones Wants to Get Started

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June 6, 2014 by Gary M. Stern

Doran Jones, an IT consulting firm that specializes in financial services, is moving its corporate headquarters and a team of software engineers and IT testers this fall, into terrain that few tech companies have explored before: the Bronx.

It’s moving to a new building, the Bronx Development Center on East 138th Street, with one of its lead partners, Per Scholas, a nonprofit IT training firm. Continue reading

Q&A with Keith Klain and Paul Holland of Doran Jones

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Recently we announced a partnership with Doran Jones as the first U.S. reseller of QASymphony products. Doran Jones is a technology consultancy based in New York City, servicing several tier-one banks, hedge funds and other global financial institutions. We sat down with its COO Keith Klain, charged with running the firm’s testing practice, and Paul Holland, one of the foremost experts on Rapid Software Testing. Continue reading

Per Scholas ROI Corporate Dinner 2014

I am extremely honored and flattered to be recognized by such a fantastic group of people…

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We are very excited to announce the third annual Per Scholas ROI Corporate Dinner taking place June 12, 2014, where we will honor:

Barclays, CORPORATE PARTNER OF THE YEAR

Keith Klain, PERSON OF THE YEAR

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Per Scholas and Doran Jones Partner to Build Test Center in South Bronx

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150 Software Testing Jobs Brought to Nation’s Poorest Congressional District Bringing Millions in Economic Revenue

BRONX, N.Y., – April 24, 2014 – A new software testing center will immediately bring 150 high-technology jobs to the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx — equating to $5 million in wages in its first year alone. The first-of-its-kind Urban Development Center (UDC) will be located at the headquarters of local nonprofit Per Scholas at 804 East 138th Street, Bronx, NY. Continue reading

SmartBear and Doran Jones

BEVERLY, Mass.–()–SmartBear       Software, the leading provider of software quality and performance       management tools, is teaming up with Doran       Jones, a full-service technology consultancy based in New York, to       help software testers ensure they deploy only the highest quality       software. Doran Jones offers test process consultancy that includes tool       implementation, test management, execution and training. SmartBear’s       award-winning automated testing tools ensure the quality and performance       of API, mobile, cloud-based and Web applications.

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QASymphony and Doran Jones Partner to Resell Best-in-Class Software Testing Tools

ATLANTA, GA – March 13, 2014–QASymphony (www.qasymphony.com), a developer of QA software testing tools for agile development teams, today announced a strategic partnership whereby Doran Jones, a full-service technology consultancy based in New York, will augment their Software Testing practice consultancy by deploying and reselling cloud-based and on-premise software testing tools developed by QASymphony. Continue reading

My new gig…

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As those of you who know me personally or follow my career in the testing industry know, leaving Barclays and the Global Test Center was a very difficult decision for me. Implementing context driven testing principles at that scale in a 300 year old investment bank, was a fantastic opportunity to learn, grow, make mistakes and spend time with some of the best testers on the planet.

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Greener pastures…

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Sent this to my team today…going to take some time off and get prepared for my next gig…thanks to everyone at Barclays, the GTC, and the testing industry who have made it an unforgettable experience. See you all soon! – KK

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Wait…what? – Tales from the Testing Dark Side

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut. – Ernest Hemingway

I recently gave a talk at the EuroSTAR conference in Gothenburg, Sweden about how I feel you can re-frame the perception of your testing effort in your organisation. A big part of the philosophy underpinning my approach is to be honest, frank and up front about what is, and is not working with yourself first – then address anything that comes after that.

Part of my talk is about how bias and perceptions are formed, and I take several (hopefully humorous)  pokes at the software testing industry to illustrate my point. I feel strongly, that we accept far too much nonsense and unverified claims about software testing, and in order for there to be fundamental change, those narratives that bounce around the echo chamber of testing conferences, vendors and blogs have to stop.

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Software Test Professionals – 2013 STP Luminary Award

“This is the true joy in life: Being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” - George Bernard Shaw

I was recently awarded the Software Test Professionals 2013 STP Luminary Award, which aside from being flattering beyond belief, was a great honor to be included in such an incredible group of nominees. Every person nominated for the award has contributed a tremendous amount to the software testing industry, and I am grateful to be counted among their ranks. The award describes a luminary as “someone who has inspired others by their actions and the results of those actions on the profession”. I am fortunate to be one of those people who love my industry and have a great job where I get to work with talented colleagues who inspire me by their quiet “illumination” every day.

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