Rodger D. Drabick was a nationally recognized
quality engineering and systems testing expert with extensive experience in the
Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model for software and process
improvement. For nearly three decades in software quality assurance and testing,
he was responsible for SQA initiatives and developing process improvement action
plans at companies such as Amtrak, Bell-Atlantic, the Federal Aviation Authority,
Kodak, and Lockheed Martin. He passed away in December 2007.
"Rodger was a long-time
friend dating back to when we both worked for the Eastman Kodak Company. He was
a giant in the field of software testing, starting from the days when we tested
without a plan, and from those early days, he helped develop software testing
into a respected career. We will miss you, Rodger."
Perry, coauthor of Surviving the Top Ten Challenges of Software Testing
"I was a colleague of Rodger's when we were both at Kodak. I always
had great respect for Rodger's dedication to software quality and testing, and
for his professionalism. Plus, he was just a super nice guy. We stayed in touch
after we both left Kodak, and he was a very helpful reviewer for one of my books,
on software peer reviews. I enjoyed exchanging periodic updates by e-mail with
Rodger, and I will miss his good humor and great attitude. My thoughts are with
Karl Wiegers, author of Creating
a Software Engineering Culture
"I have had the pleasure of
working with Rodger and learning from his vast knowledge in software quality.
When I went to my first QAI software testing conference in 1989, Rodger had been
speaking about software testing and QA for many years. After hearing Rodger speak,
I truly realized how much I didn't know about software quality! I have always
looked up to him, counting him among the few pioneers upon whose shoulders we
stand in the practice of software testing and QA today. I will remember him as
one of the foundational people in my career. I will miss him!"
Rice, coauthor of Surviving the Top Ten Challenges of Software Testing
"I did not know Rodger, but I admired his work and put it to good
practice. Here is how: "A few years ago,
my brother Bradley accepted a position at Microsoft as a testing manager. Bradley
had been in test for years, but Microsoft was a different place. He did not understand
what they were doing! Microsoft's practices made no sense to him. He thought he
had made a mistake, and was ready to call it quits.
"Bradley and I started to talk on Saturdays. We explored what had happened
during the previous week and discussed actions to take for the coming week and
beyond. The real issue was that Bradley knew a great deal about test and Microsoft
didn't. We used Rodger's book to validate Bradley's experiences and to build a
strategy to change Microsoft. "Rodger's
book was our template, our guide, and our reference source. In three years, Bradley
went from a baffled leader of a small team of five testers to a visionary test
manager leading more than 150 testers assigned to a major product. During this
time, Bradley became well-loved for bringing sanity and order to both the testing
and development processes. "Rodger was
unaware of how his work contributed to the betterment of the lives of many people
living in the Seattle region. How were these lives better? Here is one example:
"In Bradley's division, the regular product
release cycle aimed at the end of the year. Before Bradley started at Microsoft,
most of the 150 testers could not be with their families and their children during
the year-end holidays. It was sad. This caused all sorts of conflict and disappointment.
However, after embracing Rodger's best practices, development and test were so
well controlled that every member of Bradley's organization was able to take all
the time he or she needed to be with family during the holidays.
"What a fine legacy to leave: Rodger will be missed even by people who never
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