I’d like to welcome Chris McMahon to the Platform Engineering team as
our new QA Lead. Chris has a long history working in software
testing, coming to us most recently from Sentry Data Systems where he
was responsible for test automation. One particularly relevant bit of
experience from Chris’s past was his work at Socialtext on their wiki
product, expanding the Selenium-based automated test suite from 400
individual assertions to 10,000 over the span of two years.
Chris is also active in the outside community. He leads the Writing
About Testing group and annual conference, which he founded in 2009.
He also helped design and build the SeleNesse testing framework, which
is a wiki-based tool for building acceptance tests that get executed
In his role as QA Lead here, Chris will be responsible for figuring
out what sorts of testing process we can bring to MediaWiki
development. His first task will to join in on the tail end of the
1.19 deployment process, helping us with whatever last minute testing
that makes sense at this stage, but then he’ll have the much larger
task of looking at our release and deployment process generally, and
figure out which parts would most benefit from the injection of
testing rigor. He’ll also be responsible for establishing a more
coordinated volunteer effort around testing.
Chris will be working remotely from his home in Durango, Colorado.