The culture of an organisation or an industry is an important part of the context a tester works in. This tag is intended for questions relating to that.

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Industry Average Bug Fix Cost

You often hear statistics like "$5,000 is the average cost of repairing a defect in production". While I understand that this varies greatly based on the company you work for, how they manage bug ...
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What are the main role and responsibilities of a tester?

I am new to this field and I have decided my career as software tester. What are the role and responsibilities as an software tester According to my assumption: 1) Analyzing the Requirements from ...
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What are key properties of a great QA team member?

Provided you are ready to hire your first (or next) QA team member, what are the key properties of a person you will pay attention to?
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Should programmers run automated tests written by QA?

Perhaps programmers have their own unit tests, perhaps as the result of doing Test-Driven Development. They run these tests very often; perhaps every few minutes, but at least a few times each day. ...
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How does a tester decide how much debugging/investigation to do before handing an issue over to development?

A common question from the testers I mentor is "When do I stop investigating on an issue, log a defect with everything I've found/determined so far, and hand it over to dev?" I have yet to come up ...
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How to create a 'quality-centric culture' within a team/organization?

I have recently talked to the head of the quality department of another company and they struggle with the problem that the developers still think quality is actually the QA's job. They work in ...
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How does a tester's perspective toward software differ from a developer's?

Just as there are developers who are orders of magnitude more productive and creative than other developers, so are there testers who are similarly outstanding. We all have our opinions about what ...
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What is the difference between a platform experience engineer and a quality assurance engineer? [closed]

I was looking at a platform experience engineer job opening and I was wondering how that was different from a qa engineering position? Is it just qa for a platform rather than a product?
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Who is ultimately responsible for issues that are found after software is released?

in the context of a good practice in context on how to perform a no blame post mortem review, with a view to process improvement. If a major issue is found in an application after it has been ...
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Is a distinction between “testing” and “checking” useful?

I've seen testers (Michael Bolton, mainly) make a distinction between "testing" (looking for defects using a variety of different methods) and "checking" (running a scenario and then verifying a set ...
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What should you look for in a testing manager?

In some organizations, individual contributors have the opportunity to interview their prospective manager. What should testers look for in a testing manager?
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What are some good software QA community websites?

The SE sites specifically are about building a repository of information and not about community building or discussion. For those of us who want to build community as well as information, what are ...