We are in our final days of code freeze now for Toad 11.5. It feels like standing outside a delivery room. The doors are shut to the developers, QA is inside doing regression testing, documentation is preparing the literature, and sales, training and marketing are gearing up to show the baby to the world. And there is the wondering and waiting. Will it come out on time, and healthy?
This is also a period of increased communication on the team which inspires me to reflect on how global it is.
We have language experts in Belgium responsible for the amazing parser Toad uses.
We have quality assurance in Zhuhai, China. Very little escapes this team.
We have a team in the Czech Republic responsible for the modules in Toad which involve diagramming, which is a completely different area of expertise.
We have a college intern in Pennsylvania creating some soon-to-be announced online functionalities.
We have development teams in Texas and North Carolina whom everyone knows on this board.
We have a team in Hong Kong responsible for the Tuning module integrated in Toad.
We have a team in California responsible for the license module used across Quest products.
We have an installer team in Australia responsible for the Quest Installer, integrating the installation of all the other products with which Toad is bundled.
We have a world class support team in California.
We have Product Management in England, California and Washington.
We have a huge new Sales group in Cork, Ireland.
We have a web team in Virginia.
We have Product Marketing in California, Systems Consultants all over the world.
We have people in California managing the integration of all the bundles with which Toad is grouped.
We have licensing, accounting, operations, IS, IP, Recruiting and so forth in California. Many go unnamed but are just as crucial to the process as most others. Just one example: if our source control server goes down at 7.30am east coast time, an email is sent and it is back online quickly. The guy who maintains it lives on the west coast. So that’s a response at 4.30am his time.
We have Toad users all over the planet who relentlessly drive product direction.
It is quite a wonder to witness the movement of all these gears turning together to produce this product.