This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Terry Linkletter--Coach for Microsoft Information Technology, Board Director for the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals.
This week, Stephen Ibaraki has an exclusive interview with Terry Linkletter.
Terry Linkletter has served as Senior Software Quality Assurance Manager for Microsoft's Business Group Center of Excellence. In this capacity he drove SQA program elements for development and post-production enhancement across three service areas - tools for product management and pricing; tools for product releasing, protection, and delivery; and tools and services for product activation and validation, including support for Genuine Advantage and Anytime Upgrade. He currently coaches software engineering teams in quantitative methods for improving software quality and effort estimates.
Overall, Terry has twenty years of senior management experience in software engineering and quality assurance, including creation of QA departments for three firms plus extensive teaching experience in colleges and universities in the US and globally. His many significant contributions include leading process and product improvement efforts for a variety of operations by applying analysis and design principles, recruiting and cross-training talent for project teams. Terry is a Certified Software Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Manager, Certified Quality Auditor, and a Certified Computing Professional.
He also lends his considerable expertise and long history of success as Corporate Director on the board of the Chicago-based Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals, as appointed by the President of the Association for Computing Machinery; member of the Education Council of the Association for Computing Machinery, as appointed by the Chair of the ACM Education Board.
Other notable achievements span a diverse skill set:
- National Merit Scholar at Stanford
- National Honor Society Scholarship
- Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
- Served as Scoutmaster, Troop 334 (received District Award of Merit)
- Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia/Ecuador
- Avid hiker, sailor
- Served as Director of Certification, Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (received Distinguished Service award)
- Administrative Lt. Governor, District 32, Toastmasters International (received Officer of the Year award)
Terry received his BS in Statistics from Stanford and his MS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin. His graduate studies also involved Masters in Software Engineering studies at Seattle University.
[DISCLAIMER: Mr. Linkletter’s views as expressed here are strictly his own, and do not represent the views of Microsoft Corporation or the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals.]
To listen to the interview, click on this MP3 file link