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I am currently a QA lead at Nike, leading a team of 6 in manual and automated testing efforts.

Prior to Nike, I was at Webtrends for 2+ years, and prior to that was at Microsoft for 13 years. During my time at Microsoft my responsibilities evolved from test planning and manual testing on various projects to --> writing automation and overseeing manual testing efforts from vendors to --> Developing automation tools and processes for the Windows Live organization including a web UI automation framework and a test result reporting platform as well as other smaller tools. At Webtrends I was the most senior automation engineer and was responsible for creating and executing on an automation plan for the company. We went from no automation to significant coverage via UI automation for both of our legacy products as well as near 100% web service automation for one of our new products. In addition, I created performance test suites for 3 products and was involved in hiring 5 additional developers in test for the company.


Jun
25
comment Should I unit test for null values even if it can never happen?
If you end up calling this method from anywhere else in your code, you would have to do the same exact check for null values prior to calling the method. I would suggest actually moving the check for null values into the method itself so that you would not need repetitive code that could easily be missed. You could then have unit tests that verified if either of the values passed to the method were null that the method would skip doing anything.
Jun
25
comment In WebDriver I need to locate a text that's sibling to a tag
In the above code, the "2Hrs, 56Min" and "59Min" are both text within the div tag. In order to be a sibling, the div tag would have to be closed and the second string "59Min" would need to be within another tag. To get the "59Min" simply get the text of the div, and then parse the text to find the characters after the last white space.
Jun
17
comment Web browser plugin to pause JavaScript execution?
I usually just execute javascript to get that, something like this, depending on your programming language: String innerhtml = ((JavascriptExecutor)driver).executeScript("return arguments[0].innerHTML;", webElement);
Jun
13
comment Getting started in SQA
Books: sqa.stackexchange.com/questions/42/… sqa.stackexchange.com/questions/1669/…
Jun
9
comment jmeter thread group not running all assigned users
How much resources are being utilized on your machine when you run these tests? Are you using any plugins that may be consuming a large amount of memory, or cpu? When you tell it to run 25 threads, it will attempt to do so, but if there are not enough threads available, I'm not sure if it would error out or simply not use all of the threads like you describe.
Jun
4
comment Standard set of unit tests for data layer code
Some of the things you mention seem like they would be leaning into validating the database software functionality itself rather than giving you much value testing your own database layer.
Jun
4
comment Test cases for media migrating from the file location to a database
Can you add any additional details? Are these pictures then being served up by a web site? Was the website code changed in order to pull from the new location? Are you thinking of issues with performance? Are you asking about tools to verify that the correct image is shown, or that it does not 404, etc?
May
13
comment Editing readonly field in JMeter
What do you mean by a read only field? A textbox with text that can't be edited? Something else? JMeter records and plays back the HTTP request that is sent to the server. Nothing in that request is "read only". You can change whatever you want and send it. I would suggest learning a little bit about HTTP requests and how they work. Looking at a tool called Fiddler and going through the examples may be a good place to start understanding what you can do.
May
12
comment Advice regarding a non-coding solution
There HAS to be someone who can write code. Their process was bad, not the tools. I would say however that they should learn how to write code. I guarantee that learning how to write a test case using the Java or C# or Ruby selenium implementation is no more difficult than learning gherkin and will actually teach them a skill applicable outside of just UI automation. On a side note, I'm sorry they're putting you in a position like this as an intern, not very professional if you ask me...
May
9
comment How to test a search engine?
I would also not spend a lot of resources testing that the results match what you would get from Bing. That is something that deserves some spot checking, and that's it. Otherwise you will be getting into testing the Bing service, which you would hope Microsoft has already done sufficiently. You are not technically testing a "Search Engine", you're testing the presentation of search results built on an existing already tested engine.
May
1
comment how to maximize chromedriver on mac machine
There are a number of suggestions here: stackoverflow.com/questions/8607753/…
May
1
comment What kind of experience do I need to become an automation QA engineer/ SDET?
Oh, and definitely plus one for the suggestion to find things in your current job that can be automated, take some initiative, start automating. Who knows, you could get promoted :-)
May
1
comment What kind of experience do I need to become an automation QA engineer/ SDET?
I was in a similar position nearly 10 years ago and am now a senior SDET who has helped build automation frameworks and strategies for a few different large companies. As someone who has hired a few teams of SDET's from scratch, what I look for is someone who is a good logical and critical thinker, can show excellent troubleshooting and root cause analysis skills, and has some programming experience. I'm happy to mentor a more junior developer who obviously is very solid with the rest. My take on it is very different than some though, it depends on the hiring manager.
Apr
22
comment Difference between Selenium and TestNG
TestNG is a test execution engine - the part that identifies methods as test cases and executes them, similar to the other ones MichaelF mentioned below. Other common ones are all of the xUnit frameworks, so JUnit is another common one for code written in Java.
Apr
15
comment selenium wget download file
Example for firefox: elementalselenium.com/tips/2-download-a-file Unfortunately, in IE, there is no way to remove the dialog completely.
Apr
15
comment Production bugs and on-call support
Friol, if it is a high chance that it will be a real bug, and the tier 1 support does not have the skill set to determine that (root cause analysis) by themselves, then it sounds like you should immediately escalate every occurence to tier 2. If you're trying to keep those escalations to a minimum, train your tier 1 staff to better be able to identify root cause.
Apr
14
comment Production bugs and on-call support
I'm not sure what exactly you're asking for. If there is a defect in production, then it lends to reason that it is a defect. This doesn't seem like it would be metric driven, but triage driven. The "software defect" could be due to environment issues, an actual product defect, or a user issue. Training your support engineers in root cause analysis is your best bet to make sure it ends up going into the correct bucket.
Apr
14
comment selenium wget download file
The reason I ask is that using WGet won't necessarily test that the link from your website is correct. My preferred solution is to change the browser settings to do silent downloads and not have a dialog displayed.
Apr
12
comment On test case failure taking a screenshot with Selenium WebDriver
Have you debugged to see what srcFile is to ensure you're looking in the right place?
Apr
12
comment What skills & technologies should I acquire / learn for performing my role as a Test Lead?
Especially agree with "Challenges the environment" and "Selfless"