Category Archives: Amber Pawlik

The Art of Testing

This is what I do for a living and I think I’ve gotten quite good at it. This is my philosophy on testing that, I think, drives my success.

The Art of Testing

“You will always hear me defending the need for testing. Any product or service can be tested. Testing brings objectivity to assessing the quality of a product. I consider testing to bring “eyes” to a product. I imagine it like an inspector in a manufacturing shop looking at a piece through a magnifying glass. He knows every important measurement about that piece and if it passes or fails. There is often an attitude that testing is beneath people; that some products or skills are just so sophisticated they are not subject to objective metrics. This attitude is adopted, for instance, when assessing students with standardized tests. This is nothing more than arrogance and unwarranted ego. I face this very attitude over even technical products. “We don’t need a test for that it will surely work.” This is the bane of my existence and I laugh at it! Every single time someone has said this, there has been a problem with the product. Every single time. I’ve never made a test that didn’t end up being valuable. I think people are opposed to testing as they don’t want “eyes” on them for what those eyes will find. If you want a quality product, you must have testing. Period.”

All Things Baby: Preparing for your First Child

I am expecting my first child in May! Here is a report on all of the research I’ve done in preparation for my little one arriving.

All Things Baby: Preparing for your First Child

When I became pregnant and had to make some decisions about what to buy for my new baby, I was completely overwhelmed. I had no idea there was so much contradictory and controversial advice on how to raise an infant. Bumper pads: risk for SIDS or necessary to prevent bumps and bruises? Swings: A Godsend for busy parents or a cheap babysitter? Diaper pails: Keep the nursery smell-free or glorified trash cans? There are also bigger questions, such as: stimulate the child or let him grow more naturally?

This article is an attempt to answer the big questions a parent will face. It will cover a broad range of topics from the controversy over specific products to overall parenting philosophy.

Didactic Economics

I have finished videotaping what will be the first 6 videos for my system “Didactic Economics” which teaches economics by using tangible materials. I just need to package them then I can upload them to the web!

They will cover:

  • Commodity Based Currency
  • Supply and Demand
  • Savings and Lending
  • Importation and Exportation
  • Foreign Exchange Rates
  • Inflation