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London Calling (so long Japan, and thanks for all the fish)

It’s been quiet on the blog for a while now, mostly because I’ve either been too busy to write, or because I wasn’t yet able to write about the stuff I wanted to write about.

After four plus years in Japan, I have left the land of the rising sun. Japan seems to be equidistant from the major testing destinations I go to, but just a little too far away to be convenient for any of them. Sure I’m a little sad to be leaving. I’ve made some fantastic friends and had some wonderful experiences there. No doubt I’ll be back to Japan at some point, but for the moment, my place is elsewhere. Specifically, I’ve taken up residence in England. I’ve accepted a position at eBay International working with Ilari Aegerter and his very solid group of testers. Early days yet, but so far I’m thoroughly enjoying it. There look to be some very cool things going on and I’m looking to get my hands dirty, especially with iOS driver and Selendroid, both championed and developed by some of my colleagues. I’m travelling for most of June, doing meet & greet and induction stuff in Germany, Switzerland and the USA. From July I should be (more or less) in England.

There are a great many testers in the UK and mainland Europe that I’ve never met, but know by reputation or by email exchange. I’m looking forward to putting faces to the names. Europe seems to be an exciting place to be for context driven testers right now. The Let’s Test conference has put a stamp on testing in Europe that anyone promoting commodity testing ignores at their peril. I get the feeling this is just the beginning and there is a good deal more to come. Exciting times.

3 thoughts on “London Calling (so long Japan, and thanks for all the fish)

  1. Good luck in the new gig! There’s a group in the UK called the Ministry of Testing that seems to be putting out some cool stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ben,


    This news is good & bad. Good, because you will be closer to an active testing community. Bad, because Asia will lose someone helping the community grow here.


  3. Wishing good luck for upcoming challenges.

    Seems you are all prepared to get your hands dirty in Software testing sand ๐Ÿ™‚

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