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I have been a tester, manager, automator, and release angineer 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 automate when I can now, as that is my prime passion, and I wear all kinds of hats doing whatever is needed but always handling code from test to production.

I have many interests in cooking, reading, home improvement, MakerSpaces and many more. You'll find me on many SX's here.

I currently work for NaviNet as a Software Engineer in Test II


Jun
1
answered what should I do if my stability tests cycle is longer than the release cycle ?
Jun
1
comment Is testing a product your company uses different than a product shipped to customers ?
In some places it's been mine as QA and Release Manager, and in others it's been a group decision within Engineering. The advantage of being in small, web based product companies is the decisions are more egalitarian.
May
31
answered Is testing a product your company uses different than a product shipped to customers ?
May
27
revised What are good guidelines to determine when to automate a test?
adding in deterministic to the list
May
27
comment What are good guidelines to determine when to automate a test?
Good point, I'll add that to the list.
May
26
answered What are good guidelines to determine when to automate a test?
May
25
comment What proficiency should a software tester have in SQL?
You could look for someone who knows the basics as well as someone who is willing to learn, I was in your position where I only knew simple statements then learned how to do joins. Mostly its an educational aspect depending on the position.
May
25
answered How to avoid duplicated bug reports, described from different user perspective ?
May
24
awarded  Scholar
May
24
comment What do you do when you encounter overloaded terminology in your workspace?
Agreed, diplomacy is everything in QA.
May
24
comment What do you do when you encounter overloaded terminology in your workspace?
I'm going to be biased with this one since I am using, and working with, SharePoint now. It's become our repository for everything. And not just because I know Joe from other forums....
May
24
accepted What do you do when you encounter overloaded terminology in your workspace?
May
24
answered Does automating your manual tests give you good automated tests?
May
24
comment Approaches to Testing a Scientific Library
If the Unit Tests are failing the build should never have made it into Test in the first place, the Acceptance Test will tend to be more generic and often times be "Happy Path" since its only going to demonstrate that functionality has been achieved. glowcoder definitely links the two rightly though, as they are both Tests and may cover the same things but not in the same way.
May
24
comment Systematic approaches to selection of test data
Nice! I'm going to have to read up on these, some good stuff here!
May
24
comment What's the difference between “testing” and “quality assurance”?
+1 Agreed, a very good overview of the terms.
May
24
revised How do you approach a new project from a testing perspective?
Removing my awful wording...how that got in there I'll never know
May
23
answered Does anyone have a good list of steps for reducing a bug?
May
23
comment What do you do when you encounter overloaded terminology in your workspace?
Lol...nice one. I'll have to use that.
May
23
awarded  Student