Anyone who's managed to make it to my little corner of the world may have noted a framed certificate hanging over my downstairs stove, regaling my indoctrination into the Order of the Red Eye Knights. This bit of whimsy was granted to me after a particularly grueling session of Quality Assurance that, originally scheduled to be three days long, wound up clocking in a three WEEKS of 16 hour days, weekends included.
To keep with the rule of 3, I slept for three days after that was all over.
The man in charge of this debacle (the product in question was Apple's Copeland operating system, and this would be the ONLY version that would actually be released) was David Bowers.
I told you all that to tell you this.
I got a voicemail today from David, telling me of this project in Redwood City that was in desperate need of a QA person, and for some reason he thought of me. Actually, he specifically referenced the above mentioned test cycle, which apparently made me stand out in his mind as someone who was willing to do about ANYTHING to make it happen.
From his careful descriptions (ah, the joy of NDA constraints!) it sound like a combination of a CEO who's trying to make up for some minor mis-steps and is overcompensating just a tad, and a group of non-QA minded people trying to do too many build QA cycles on too short a timeline. Throw in the catch 22 of needing good documentation for non-QA types to pull this sort of thing off, yet there aren't enough QA people to document the damn process sufficiently yet... and it's a stress farm, not to mention a disaster waiting to happen. That they've avoided it thus far is a miracle to us both.
So, yet another resume to be sent off, with some greasing from networking to help it along. Another sign of the improving situation here in the valley -- I've always KNOWN that there were a lot of people out there that if there WAS a position right for me, they would've let me know. David, a man that I would gladly concede has far more skills than myself, has only just scored a "real" job (he did have a brief stint managing a ceramics store at the Valley Fair mall) this past month.
If this keeps up, I might actually be faced with too many job choices. I think I can live with that.