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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


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?
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
3
awarded  Yearling
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?
Mar
21
answered Selenium Webdriver cannot locate element for right click event
Mar
21
comment Selenium Webdriver cannot locate element for right click event
I have a similar setup, although for me it's ContextCick, but this works great for my right menu options. I also use a popupHandle to deal with the new window, not sure if you need that
Mar
18
comment Running Testing with Non-Technical Team, Little Testing Experience Myself - Where to Start?
@Excrubulent I think the problem is you ARE running a testing team, professional or not, and the information you are about in structuring what you are doing is going to be the same. Any recommendations will be book recommendations, that will either be general or about specific testing processes. For what you want, there is little more you can do other than bring in a consultant to start a group for you.
Mar
11
answered c# with Watin and SpecFlow - how to mark some test
Mar
11
answered What is the best way to have a SpecFlow project run across multiple browsers?
Mar
11
answered What are features of MS Visual Studio Coded UI Test framework that are not present in other tools?
Feb
26
answered Copying Production Data to a QA Environment
Jan
14
comment Test team names
IS - Information Systems, as I work with many groups that are not Software Engineering related (basically healthcare groups) I have learned not to use Engineering as it does not mean the same thing to outside people, although they do understand IS
Jan
10
answered Test team names
Jan
9
comment How to use statistics to improve our site?
External firms can help you design surveys that can target information on only what you want to know, checking around your region might help. SurveyMonkey is a popular method to gain information, being internet based, can also provide more accessibility and anonymity to Users who want to respond to the survey.
Nov
26
awarded  Popular Question
Nov
5
comment IE always opens with random local host and msg:"This is the initial start page for the WebDriver server
I believe this is normal, is this somehow impeding your testing?