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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.


May
18
revised Developers have code kata to practice skills. What test equivalents are there?
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May
18
comment Developers have code kata to practice skills. What test equivalents are there?
I'll have to check around, it's been a few years since I looked at the Ruby Kata and they were just starting at the time. Like many of those projects it might have stalled.
May
17
answered Testing Unfamiliar Software
May
17
comment What is the difference between “automated testing” and “automated regression testing”?
Welcome to an industry of overloaded and subjective terms!
May
17
answered Developers have code kata to practice skills. What test equivalents are there?
May
17
answered Fitting regression testing in a Agile/ Scrum development cycle
May
17
answered Testing of automated scripts
May
17
answered What benefit does having developer experience or background have on the effectiveness of a tester?
May
17
comment Developers have code kata to practice skills. What test equivalents are there?
I love the Parkcalc one and think that is one of the best examples out there.
May
16
answered reporting cumulative test results
May
13
comment How do you calculate your return on investment on automated tests?
Problem is so much of what Testers do and provide is subjective and doesn't have a direct cost, so its hard to convince bean counters.
May
13
comment How do you provide proper tests when there is little documentation
+1 for Communication, that is often lacking in places. Especially those without documents.
May
13
comment When writing manual test cases and scripts, how much detail is too much detail when documenting the steps?
This has been my experience and where I tend to fall. Very nicely said.
May
13
comment How does a tester's perspective toward software differ from a developer's?
+1 Agreed. I'd add that we tend to take a higher level view as well where we understand the system in more detail than the Developer who tends to know only the pieces they interact with.
May
12
comment How do I educate that it's not test automation framework?
If we didn't have buzzwords we wouldn't grow as a community. ;-)
May
12
comment What techniques are available to determine which browsers to test?
Agreed...+1! If you aren't scrubbing your web logs and analyzing your user base you're going to be way off. Of course you should also check with your Developers to find out what they are supporting, but I always start with the current IE and FF since they display pages radically different.
May
12
answered How do you approach a new project from a testing perspective?
May
11
comment What kind of testing should a developer do before passing a build to the QA team?
If its presented right it can go over well, other environments might be more receptive than your own.
May
11
comment What kind of testing should a developer do before passing a build to the QA team?
I disagree glowcoder, I've seen this work in Agile shops, or on Scrum teams when looking at determining whether code is done. I've even done this on small teams when getting builds and doing an "interview" with the developer about what to test.
May
11
answered What kind of testing should a developer do before passing a build to the QA team?