Governor Cuomo Awards $1.8 M to Per Scholas and Doran Jones

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council awards $1.8 million to Per Scholas and its Urban Development Center (UDC) partner Doran Jones.

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Life as Reinvention – Scott Berkun

Absolutely love this post by Scott Berkun that was inspired by my experience with the masters of reinvention at Per Scholas…enjoy!

Life as Reinvention – Scott Berkun

“There is a list of sayings on a whiteboard near my desk that I can’t help but notice several times a day. It contains ideas I try to remember, things I forget are true and important about the life I want to have. Near the top of the list is this one: you could be dead. It makes me laugh every time I see it, for reasons I can’t entirely explain. The part I know will make the most sense to you is how when we’ve been alive for awhile, we forget what being alive means. We slide into a paper cage of our own habits and forget that with a little effort we can slide our way into new habits too. I can stand up whenever I want. Or sit down. Or put on some music, or close my eyes and lose myself in silence. I could dance, scream, stand on my desk, or anything I choose to do. Anyone can do an infinite number of different things, small and large, in this or in any moment as long as they are still alive. But I forget. We all forget. We live many of our waking moments asleep in a dream of our own invention, a dream of boredom and regret that we don’t even enjoy. We become familiar with our favorite memories and allow ourselves to believe the feeling of familiarity is an acceptable replacement for investing in the life we have today.”

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Urban Onshoring: The Movement to Bring Tech Jobs Back to America – WIRED

It’s Not Altruism. It’s Business.

“The Urban Development Center lends this whole urban on-shoring concept some serious street cred, primarily because of a man named Keith Klain. Klain is the co-CEO of Doran Jones, and the driving force behind the center, but before that, he spent years as the head of global testing for Barclay’s Capital, traveling the world setting up and managing software testing operations in India and Kiev. For Klain, bringing these jobs back to the US is not just altruism. It’s business.”

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Can Software Testing Save the World?

Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats. – Howard Aiken

If you have followed my career, you know that last year I left a job that I loved to start a testing practice with Doran Jones. Besides wanting to finally build the software testing business that I’ve always wanted based on the principles of Context Driven Testing, I also had an opportunity to turn the work I’d been doing with Per Scholas through the Software Testing Education Program into a functioning consultancy. Through working with my partners at Per Scholas, I have had a good look into the current efforts to fight poverty through increasing skills and education, as well as how funding works in the public sector for organizations like Per Scholas. Continue reading

Vote for Doran Jones in the Close It Summit Jobs Madness!

Innovate+Educate’s The Close It Summit announced the top twenty-four contestants for their national JOBS MADNESS contest to find the best ideas in the country working to solve the skills gap and bridge the opportunity divide.

Doran Jones Urban Development Center was picked as one of the “newest, brightest and most disruptive ideas” ideas in America, so show your support and vote for our tech center in the Bronx! Thanks!

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Key partners and supporters of JOBS MADNESS include: The White House National Economic Council, Rockefeller Foundation, Hope Street Group, Wadhwani Foundation, Alcoa Foundation, Burning Glass Technologies, CompTIA, CareerBuilder and the Technology Councils of America.

ISO 29119 Roundtable Discussion – Part III

The debate around ISO Standard 29119 has intensified after James Christie gave his talk  at the Association for Software Testing conference this year, which started a movement organized by the International Society for Software Testing and a petition to stop the publication of ISO Standard 29119. The following is a transcription of a roundtable discussion between veterans of the software testing industry to set the context for the opposition. Continue reading

ISO 29119 Roundtable Discussion – Part II

The debate around ISO Standard 29119 has intensified after James Christie gave his talk  at the Association for Software Testing conference this year, which started a movement organized by the International Society for Software Testing and a petition to stop the publication of ISO Standard 29119. The following is a transcription of a roundtable discussion between veterans of the software testing industry to set the context for the opposition. Continue reading

ISO 29119 Roundtable Discussion – Part I

The debate around ISO Standard 29119 has intensified after James Christie gave his talk at the Association for Software Testing conference this year, which started a movement organized by the International Society for Software Testing and a petition to stop the publication of ISO Standard 29119. The following is a transcription of a roundtable discussion between veterans of the software testing industry to set the context for the opposition. Continue reading

The Petition to Stop ISO 29119

“Dissent is the native activity of the scientist, and it has got him into a good deal of trouble in the last years. But if that is cut off, what is left will not be a scientist. And I doubt whether it will be a man.”Jacob Bronowski

If you care about craftsmanship in testing or about software quality in general, stop reading this and go sign the petition to stop ISO Standard 29119 from being published in its entirety. If you need more information about why you should sign the petition, watch James Christie dismantling of standards in general from his talk at the AST CAST 2014, “Standards – promoting quality or restricting competition?”

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AST Board of Directors 2014 Elections

The Association for Software Testing is having its annual elections to their board of directors and I am running for re-election. I have served for the last two years as an Executive at Large, and hope the AST membership has benefited from my participation. Having been loosely affiliated with the context driven testing community for years, I have found through serving my term, that there is a great need for the AST and its leadership in the software testing industry.

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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

Per Scholas ROI Award

I was incredibly honored to receive the “Person of the Year” award at the 2014 Per Scholas ROI Dinner. Here is the video of what we are doing at Doran Jones and the UDC, and my acceptance speech. Thanks to everyone for a great night!

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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

Doran Jones, INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR Continue reading