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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


May
9
comment How to stop the browser loading process after 20 minutes?
You have a web server configured with more than 20 minutes for timeout? That's awfully generous. Why would you need something like that?
May
3
awarded  Yearling
May
2
revised Testing a tester with example projects
Adding more detail and a list
May
2
answered Testing a tester with example projects
May
1
answered Scrubbing Production Data For Test?
Apr
28
comment How to handle new “not reproducible” bug, that is known to exist but not known how
It may also be one of those "works on my machine" defects where it will only occur due to some interaction on the Customer's machine. You may also tell the PM that while you have tried to duplicate it you can't, can keep it open for checking but if the Customer has had it happen again or has any further information that would help you immensely and get a fix in place sooner. You need more than a screenshot for a defect, you may need to educate your PM about that
Apr
28
answered Fitnesse + WebDriver: any working solution?
Apr
22
comment Changing my career field to QA
I'd also suggest Coursera coursera.org and even the Khan Academy khanacademy.org have courses on programming and computer science online, and free. These can only help to augment whatever testing knowledge you get from Kate's links
Apr
22
comment Changing my career field to QA
@JoeStrazzere It's always a good idea to improve your testing with a little programming or computer science, which is why I added it as a comment and not an answer
Apr
22
comment What arguments would you make to persuade management that UI automation is a bad investment
Other than cost? Honestly though why do you feel you need less automation? Is the UI not stable and not ready? In which case I wouldn't be automating at all at this point. Pushing away from automation these days seems to be the opposite track many of us are on as Testers/Checkers/QA, why are you going the other way? You say its a bad investment, but not why.
Apr
21
answered Difference between Selenium and TestNG
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?