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SDET with 5 years of experience in software testing & BS in Computer Science. I'm also not very good at filling out "About Me" sections. I'm not as much of an expert as I'd like to be, so am trying to soak up knowledge as fast as I can while balancing work and "real life".


May
7
comment How do I assess the testing process of a project?
Why do you need this? I have some ideas if you want to improve an apparent "QA bottleneck" (hint: It's often not actually a QA / test issue).
Jan
18
comment What are the deliverables of the QA department?
This is a good answer that clears up a major misunderstanding about the field of QA, and I'd love to see it expanded. There are many common types of information delivered to help make better decisions, and a brief analysis of the circumstances in which to deliver each would be wonderful (especially as this skill of knowing what to deliver when is key to developing beyond a junior or mid-level QA engineer). E.g.: bugs, risk analysis, advice on quality practices tailored to that company or team, metrics, and tools to gain quality information automatically.
Jul
26
comment Is it realistic to try to hire someone who is a developer and a tester?
The same thing goes for prestige. IME, "prestige" often translates into "respect and support to do my role well". I've often had to deal with huge amounts of overhead because helping the tester do their job just wasn't a priority for the team, even with 10-to-1 dev / test ratios.
Jul
24
comment Should a salary bonus be based on bugs in released code or other metrics?
You posted your (excellent) answer while I was writing mine :-)
Jun
4
comment Load testing APIs & web services resource?
Nope, I'm looking for general information. We're getting a lot of value from our load testing, and I'm trying to get ideas about how we can best improve what we are doing to get more value out of it. I'm hoping to avoid digging through resources tailored to a relatively specific use case to extract the generally useful bits, though it looks like that might be the only option. I'm really surprised that there doesn't seem to be a good book on this subject - load testing web services seems to be a hot thing these days.
Jan
21
comment Deployment Testing - when to perform
Can the process of creating the RIP be automated?
Jan
21
comment Test team names
We ended up going with a fun acronym that includes "QA". It works for our company culture. We refer to ourselves as testers or SDETs (we're geographically close to Microsoft, so this makes sense). So we're kind of straddling the test / QA argument. Since two of the top 3 answers are defending testing, I'm picking the top test-defending answer. But, I think Joe's answer is a great response, too.
Jan
21
comment Test team names
I'd be less worried about internal reputation, and more concerned about external presentation - think hiring. Obviously the company knows what we do or can be educated to better understand it, but we want to send as many signals to potential new hires as we can that will help them understand if they might be a fit for our culture.
Dec
6
comment How can my team move away from record-and-playback when not everyone has scripting experience?
+1 for DSLs (Domain Specific Languages - like Cucumber's Gherkin) that allow people to write scripts in English or near-English with code-behind written by a developer.
Sep
20
comment Is my pay fair, just based on the fact I have little experience
Great answer. Career-building skills and experience are worth more early in your career than salary these days. At the same time, don't be afraid to move on if you can get a better offer - as long as you can learn in your new position also.
Jul
12
comment Are Exhaustive “Brute Force” UI Tests Worth It?
Another point on UI testing for the wrong reasons: Resorting to rigorous UI testing can be a sign of untestable code, that isn't being tested at lower levels well enough. UI testing should be essentially just making sure the UI responds the way it should - and not functionality testing (with some exceptions, e.g., end to end tests). Unit tests, API tests, component tests, etc. should cover functionality. UI tests should be a small part of the overall testing effort in most cases.
Jul
12
comment Suitability of functional testing to problems with many interrelated inputs
Do you know where you read this? A link might help us understand the context of what this person meant by "functional testing".
Jul
2
comment Where should test fixture code live?
Changed the accepted answer to match what I actually did in the end . . apologies if this has led to any confusion
Feb
14
comment Resume and job seeking advice - career change from Development to Testing
@gbjbaanb, MS isn't actually a bad place these days, at least not from a work/life balance standpoint. Flexible hours, options to WFH, and little to no overtime expected on most teams that I saw.They also have great HR and benefits support for mental health. If you are a manager or lead, there's a fair amount of pressure - but they generally do a good job of sheltering the individual contributors :) I guess they've learned from their past mistakes . . . they aren't a perfect company, but I thought work/life balance was one of their strong points when I was there.
Dec
19
comment Is browser version matrix a thing of the past?
One site I test skews heavily towards older browsers - we don't test IE9 and do test IE6 because of what we see in the web logs. We'll be keeping an eye on these numbers, but otherwise don't see major changes coming.
Nov
29
comment Some Selenium tests fail on server but pass locally
This is unlikely on a server, but might be worth checking. Does the computer go into sleep mode or hibernation? I don't know if/ how that would affect Selenium, but I've had issues w/ UI automation before from this.
Nov
29
comment Some Selenium tests fail on server but pass locally
that's exactly what makes me think a screenshot might help. If something external to your tests is interfering, it's likely to leave a visual clue. I'm thinking there might be something else happening on that server that is obscuring Selenium's ability to interact w/ the browser.
Nov
29
comment Some Selenium tests fail on server but pass locally
Can you take screenshots on failure? Being able to see what the screen looked like at the time might give you a hint.
Nov
29
comment Some Selenium tests fail on server but pass locally
Are there any patterns to the failures? Are they failing with the same or similar exceptions? Can you provide us with a sample of the failures?
Nov
29
comment Keeping automation code away from application source code
I would add to this that you still need communication about merges before they happen. That way, you can run your tests against other branches to see where code updates broke your tests before they are merged in, so that you have (ideally) zero test down time after merges for test maintenance due to feature changes (because you will have made changes already).