Christmas is a time for Giving and Forgiving

As Christmas is a time for giving, I have decided to give some of my time (absolutely free) to some worthy causes. These causes will receive up to 24 hours of my time over the next 6 months. There are number of gifts on offer ranging from Strategic Consultancy and Software Test Management to personal coaching and mentoring. If you are a regular reader of my Blog you will have seen my skill-set and read my views on various topics and should therefore be able to ascertain how I may be able to assist you.

My services can be redeemed face to face or via online interaction via Skype or FaceTime, depending on your location. If you are not in Melbourne, Australia you can still have face to face interaction if you wish to pay for my travel. If you wish to receive extra time (over and above the gift allocation) I will provide my services at half my normal fee for the duration of our interaction.

So where’s the catch? Their is NO catch. All you need to do is respond to this Blog and tell me how you think I can help you. I will then decide whether you and/or your team are a worthy cause. There will be no political agenda here, so just because (for example) you are a non-for-profit organisation this will not get you to the top of the list. It will be purely based upon the merits of your situation.

So, here are the details. There are 12 gifts up for grabs. The four most worthy causes will receive 24 hours of my time. The next four most worthy causes will receive 16 hours of my time and the other four will receive 8 hours. The deadline for submissions is January 31 2015, but I will not wait until then to make my selections, so the sooner you submit your cause, the sooner you will know if you are successful. I will report on the progress of my gifts throughout the coming weeks and let you know how the allocation is going (if you wish to have anonymity, I will not publish your details).

So, Merry Christmas everyone and a very prosperous 2015.

Dateline: Melbourne, Sunday December 21 2014 (Our Summer Solstice)


3 thoughts on “Christmas is a time for Giving and Forgiving

  1. I’d love some personal advice actually.

    Just got made redundant as a very special Christmas gift from my employer. I’m qualified and have worked as a software developer for the last 10 years, but I am looking for a shift in roles. I think i have a good aptitude for testing, I find it rewarding, but I’ve never done it formally or as a defined job role.

    I read with interest your opinion on testing certification on one of your earlier blog entries, and would be interested to hear your thoughts on what path someone in my situation should take to gain entry into this particular area of the industry? Are there any training or courses worth doing? Books to read, forums to visit etc?



    • Hi Steve, thanks for taking the time to write. I’m obviously very sorry to hear about your plight, but I’d be very happy to assist in any way that I can. Before I can give you any guidance I will need a few more details about your professional and personal background and geographical location.

      As you may have noticed, I also transitioned from being a Developer to a Tester, albeit over 20 years ago. Depending on your location I may be able to put you in touch with someone I know who is local to you.

      You can write to me at and then we can liaise directly.


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