Sunday, September 26, 2010

Directors Award 2010 in Melbourne

The 'Directors Award' function in Melbourne was held at Achelya Restaurant in Dockland on the 24th of September 2010.

There were approximately 14 people who attended this function. We were glad to see many new faces including Peter Salpigtidis, Yvonne Leong, and Jeff Karingada.

The Directors announced that all 'Directors Award' winners were in Sydney. However, there were two Appreciation awards presented to Leanne Walter and Wendy Keith. Congratulations to both of you for your outstanding contribution to the company!

Everyone was entertained by the live music and the Belly Dancing Show at 9pm. A lot of people thought that the male belly dancer was more interesting (and experienced) than the female belly dancer. Some of the card-smarters were invited to get up on stage, but they refused to dance. Surprisingly, our director followed the female dancer and started dancing with her, and Cassandra danced with the male dancer.

Towards the end of the function, we were served desserts and coffee. The function ended around 9.30pm, and everyone looked to have enjoyed the event.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Half Marathon Men

Congratulations to Kenny Li and Steve Flood (Techie’s other half)! While we were all still fast asleep on Sunday morning, the boys were up early to take part in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival. They ran the half marathon or 21 kilometers starting from Milsons Point and finishing at the Opera House . Kenny and Steve would like to thank those who sponsored their runs, and contributed money to the Cancer Council charity. Kenny completed the course in 2:05:53, while Steve completed it in 1:48:43.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Directors Award 2010 in Sydney

Congratulations to the Directors Award winners in Sydney for this year: Doreen Cheng, Kenny Li, Matt Lu and Zoran Novicic. The directors also gave special mention to Leticia Pahimulin, Huy Le and Warren Easton. The Sydney celebration was held at the Victoria Room in Darlinghurst. The mood was very Parisian bordello, which was a change from our more formal functions. The event is beautifully captured in this special clip created by Tommy Tang.

Monday, September 13, 2010

ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst Course

Cassandra, Leticia and Kenny had recently completed the ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst Course in Brisbane. This is a 5-day course (30/08/2010 – 03/09/10) and was presented by Rex Black, past president of the International Standard Testing Qualification Board (ISTQB) in cooperation with Softed Education Company. Rex Black comes from Texas USA and is also the founder of Rex Black Consultant Services(RBCS company).

This is the very first classroom course offered for ISTQB Advanced Technical Test Analyst and the participants came from different parts of Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra) as well as in New Zealand. As this is the pilot classroom course, participants are limited to 8 to ensure that there is much interaction between presenter and participants. It is an in-depth course geared toward exploring new ways to plan, prepare and test across the full Software Development Lifecycle, etc.

Towards the end of the course, there was a book signing from Rex Black. One of the course materials was a Testing Book authored by Rex himself and everyone wanted to have his signature on the book. Also, there was an exchange of business cards among participants to ensure continuous contacts, and to further enhanced the ‘bonding’ that were developed during the 5-day course.

At last, Rex presented the participants with a Certification of Attendance and hopefully everyone is looking forward to sit on the exam to be given towards the end of the year.