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Joshua Williams

Hi, I'm Joshua Williams. I have worked in the software industry for over 18 years. But with a new MBA (June '14), I'm looking for new opportunities.

Joshua Williams has been working in the software industry for over eighteen years. I have worked on a variety of technologies and held a variety of positions, from a senior-level individual contributor to a second-level manager over a large staff. I am nearing the completion of an MBA through the University of Washington-Bothell. I enjoy the theory, strategy and execution of business. I enjoy the quantitative side of business, as well as the qualititative side. My passions include data science (still a growing skillset), but I enjoy the creativity of data visualization and design as well. I am more of a "breadth" person than a "depth" person. I learn quickly and am excited to pick up new skills and share my talents. I enjoy people, learning and working hard.  

Joshua Williams's Background

Joshua Williams's Experience

Senior Software Engineer, Skype at Microsoft

September 2012 - Present | Redmond, WA

Member of small team of senior engineers working on process improvement, long-term investments, data analysis and visualization. Shipping updated versions of Lync Client and Lync Server.

Senior SDET, Lync Client Test Team at Microsoft

October 2009 - September 2012 | Redmond, WA

Member of Defect Prevention Team in partnership with User Research to empower Test professionals through development of training and tools for use in critical review of specifications content so that fewer defects enter design phase. • Contributed to definition of 18 “shifts,” or trends in computing that impact business, people and technology; and “sparks,” or methodology for Test to understand features and related shifts. Drove team consensus for project during UI and content editing process. Best practices to be presented at MICROSOFT ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE FORUM. Managed, coordinated feedback and implemented design choices for production cards. • Designed, coordinated and implemented Root Cause Analysis effort, with form deployment across entire Office organization that enables Test feedback earlier in product cycle. • Collaborated with Microsoft Research on long-term SWEPT initiative to address broad-impacting issues for product teams resulting from code changes. Vision for initiative is to transform global software engineering through use of stochastic modeling to provide churn data and analysis to product teams, and through requirements validation. Contributed to design and development engineering process and system health report that is distributed to executive leadership. • Organized monthly meeting between global Test team of 85 and MICROSOFT TESTER ARCHITECTS GROUP (TAG), a group of Senior Test Leads from across Company, to discuss topics including testing of services, test production, career development and release criteria. Introduced Q&A forum with TAG to others including MICROSOFT TECHNICAL COMMUNITY NETWORK (TCN) QUALITY & TESTING EXPERTS COMMITTEE.

Senior SDET, Windows Defect Prevention Team at Microsoft

November 2005 - September 2009

Member of dedicated small team responsible to drive risk analysis initiative through Windows Vista RTM, and process improvement through Windows 7 RTM. • Architected and drove implementation of scalable risk analysis toolset for Windows Shiproom to enable better data-driven decision making. Worked on tools to analyze changes in binaries between two builds, and produced report listing recommended tests. Tools were used in daily Shiproom meetings and by developers for Windows Vista and Windows 7 ship cycles. • Specified and implemented developer-level toolsets to aid in shipping Windows Vista (DIRT). Evaluated and designed scalability improvements for product-wide Risk Analysis data gathering infrastructure (BRAT). DIRT and BRAT standards were used throughout Windows 7 product cycle. • Successfully adapted BRAT toolset designed and implemented by Microsoft Research to scale processing to accommodate everyday changes in a Windows build. • Designed, coordinated and implemented ezRCA initiative to drive feedback earlier into product cycle. Led small virtual team to create questions for base form, and was point of contact for teams across Company to assist in the form deployment in other bug databases. Presented best practice effort in ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE video series.

Test Manager, Windows Lifecycle Test Team at Microsoft

February 2004 - November 2005

Software Architect responsible to design implementation for centralized automated test execution system, or Feature Integration Testing Service (FITS), on top of Microsoft Windows Testing Technologies (WTT). Scaled lab resources; defined test standards and conventions; and drove standards and conventions across Windows Test teams. • Implemented Longhorn Quality Gate for standardized shared testing policies; reported to Windows Vista Shiproom regular status of Quality Gates. • During Windows Vista, teams submitted tests to FITS. Designed central lab from software submission process and through scalable validation process. Managed FITS hardware budget, software architecture work, and Development team of 3 responsible for system implementation.

Test Manager, Windows Kernel Test Team at Microsoft

October 2001 - February 2004

Led small team of SDET test developers focused on “End-to-End Scenario Testing. Engaged with automation system that later became WTT, a standard used across the Company. Designed and implemented several key features for automation system, hardware tracking system and hybrid manual/automated testing.

Test Manager, Windows External Bus Test Team at Microsoft

August 1998 - October 2001

Led team of up to 25 SDET staff in design, development and deployment of test suites and test automation. Deliverables included internal quality efforts and external “Windows” Logo compliance tests. Coordinated, scheduled and drove quality assurance practices for USB, 1394 and other technologies; and reported and contributed to daily Shiproom activities. Negotiated USB 2.0 testing resources and deployment for Windows XP.

Software Test Engineer, Lead, Windows International Test Team at Microsoft

February 1995 - August 1998

Technician at Kennewick Computer Company

1994 - 1995

Technician at Computer Show

1992 - June 1994

Joshua Williams's Education

University of Washington - Bothell

2012 – 2014


Concentration: Business Administration

Activities: Business Strategy, Statistics, Economics, Accounting, Finance, Operations Management, Global Business, Consulting, Leadership and Management, Etc.

Brigham Young University

1988 – 1994

Bachelor of Arts

Joshua Williams's Interests & Activities

Learning, Business, Design, Science, Cooking, Amateur Radio, My Family, Photography

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