One rule I’ve had for myself since I started this blog is to do my best not to write posts in direct reaction to what someone else has said. This blog is about me. It is my writing. It shows what’s on my mind. There are very few situations in life when I can unabashedly and honestly say, it is all about me. This blog is it. There hasn’t been a post about diversity before my previous one because I’m not thinking about gender stuff most of the time.
I broke my own rule with my last post, and I did it for a good reason. If you want to know why I wrote that last post, please take a look at this twitter transcript put together by Rick Scott. He also saw the whole thing happen and has blogged his own reaction to it.
I was pretty angry as the tweets unfolded, but most of what I said stands. The only tweet I would change is the one where I said the context school is a pile of crap. That was wrong of me. I know many people involved in the context school of testing who have much more fair-minded ideas about diversity and gender than those expressed by the Bach brothers in the transcript. Unsurprisingly, James Bach has blocked me from his twitter account. Jon Bach has also blogged his version of what happened on twitter. I hope people draw their own conclusions based on the actual conversation rather than relying solely on one person’s account, and I do feel that it is important for people to have an opportunity to draw their own conclusions. That’s why I’ve stayed pretty silent about this for the past week. I love my blog and if I can’t write with respect, I don’t see any point in writing at all.
The irony in all of this is that I still think James Bach’s contributions to software and software testing are brilliant. We do not, however, see eye to eye on diversity or even, as the transcript points out, workplace ethics.
Thus, I am officially hoisting my own pirate flag of agitator for women’s empowerment in technology.