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I have been a tester, or led test groups, for over 15 years. Working in Windows, *nix and distributed environments I've come in as the first part of QA and built groups or joined existing groups. I like process and am an evangelist for process improvement. I also dabble in tool smithing, while I am not a great coder I stick with it and have built up a nice array of tools over the years in Perl, Ruby and PowerShell. I've also used a lot of tools and have been busy as well over in the SQAForums.com site for a number of years.


Mar
31
comment How to solve miscommunication issues with qa in order to decrease task redundancy?
@user5529 At the point you start asking the question about eliminating triage it becomes a people/trust problem. Either you trust the people entering defects to keep their duplicates down, and enter useful defects that provide clear communication on what the issue is. Or you don't. Triage is not only a centralization process but a review process, because it tends to also dictate priority on a higher level of oversight than those entering the defects have
Mar
31
comment How to solve miscommunication issues with qa in order to decrease task redundancy?
"the bug reporting tool must have a good search function" - I find this is WAY more important once you actually have a fairly large repository of defects, since people do not like to search through long lists or even non-descriptive names. Getting people used to entering good descriptive titles, or triaging them over time, is useful in mediating this though it never quite gets rid of it when someone is just too rushed to do a good search or doesn't care to do so
Mar
24
comment Why test code should not be included in software application?
Just because it is easy, does not always mean that it should be done.
Dec
5
comment Testing the popup with Selenium IDE
Is the situation the popup then updates the original active window, the popup goes away, and you need to go back to the main window? I have used WebDriver (Selenium) to go from popups, make a selection, and go back to an updated original window without errors
Nov
4
answered QA as Scrum Master
Oct
24
answered Is there a standard term for tests run against production?
Sep
27
comment Selenium: Best way to capture unexpected error?
@Andy when dealing with custom errors you usually end up having custom functions to call whenever you think you might encounter them. That may be where you end up unless you can learn to make an intelligent script that looks for deviations its only going to do what you tell it.
Sep
27
comment Good strategy for automated regression where initial state can't be guaranteed or predicted
I've done similar to this on a system I was thrown into, was insanely complex and I barely understood, so what I did was take bites to handle what I could. The DB was the longest piece and of the most benefit to me for learning, and it took awhile to build so I understood the most barebones DB I needed and I would restore it and start from there. With all the other priorities though, it looks like you are going to have a long slog no matter what. They give you very few options, like how I handle my 2 year old by giving limited choices to get the result I want.
Sep
27
answered How to test a system that is part of a bigger system?
Sep
19
comment iPhone / Android Emulators for PC that works with apk / ipa files
If you want to check the IPA on an iPhone set up some developer certificates through the Developer Center and add your iPhones as approved Devices. Do Dev build for your approved devices once you are in a spot to check, as for submitting to iTunes you WILL need a Mac as the Application Loader used to upload to iTunes only comes with XCode as far as I know.
Sep
16
comment URL Verification software
I don't get the Free is a danger issue, but I do use Xenu to go through our site to help me find dead links on occasion so I can have them resolved through Content Editing or redirects. It's very nice, but spend time with the reporting because the default HTML one is not Business User friendly. I do my own summary of links using PowerShell to link the reports together for easy readability
Aug
20
comment Dealing with Failures after testing?
An old boss who said that most things could / should be "growth opportunities" so you never have to worry about good or bad so long as you learn.
Aug
14
comment Functional requirements and release criteria
In some ways yes, since I have based Acceptance Tests on specific functionality being present, or in the case of a Sprint the sashime was the functionality. Echoing Phil a little bit, are you trying to answer a question on functional requirements are not release criteria in your organization or are you planning ahead?
Jul
25
comment WebDriver API:how to pass session values in webdriver?
It's kind of unclear what you are asking about here, if your application allows you to bypass the login page then do you need the session values for editing? If so, then why not use the login page to get the values? It's hard for outsiders to know how your application works and tell you how to get around it.
Jun
12
comment QA Methodology: Do you retest every change on a new build or only changed code?
For change listings I try to go by check-in notes, no one should be checking in changes without a note. Often they are short, but they usually give you something to go on, and someone to talk to later for more details
Jun
12
answered QA Methodology: Do you retest every change on a new build or only changed code?
Jun
5
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May
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Apr
1
comment How to handle self-signed SSL certificate error in IE8? (Selenium Webdriver + Java)
At this point is XP the only OS you have issues with? Most of my testing is done on Windows 2008 or later and we don't get this problem with that configuration, maybe its an XP problem
Apr
1
answered Is it worth having one set of tests for both functional and performance testing?