Questions tagged [programmer-relations]

Questions regarding relationship between programmers & QA&T stuff, e.g. task separation, scheduling, communication.

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Do testers perform usability tests of API?

Many teams do not deliver GUI but a library or a service that is used by other developers. For instance: A company provides REST APIs and client libraries for their customers to use their services ...
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Developers don't write enough or good unit tests, how to address?

Many developers still not seem to the the value and need for unit tests. What might be are the reasons for this so we can address it?
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Switching from development to testing [duplicate]

I am working as a software developer from last 2 years but I am still very slow at programming. My concepts and logical skills are good but I get stressed while completing complex tasks. I am ...
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How to define measurable (and practical) KPIs for a QA Manager? [duplicate]

The efforts of QA and software testing team can often become a tad ambiguous. How do we define measurable and apparent KPIs for QA Managers and the software testing teams? Something that explains and ...
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How to convince project managers that onboarding a tester early is important?

I've recently transitioned to a software engineer in test role--currently the only person in this role. We have a number of projects that are in the early feasibility stages, and I'm trying to ...
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Asking a developer to be explicit about how a bug was fixed

Whenever our developer fixes a bug, he or she just posts "Fixed in version x.x.x.x, please test". We, the QA team, have requested developers to be as detailed as possible about what caused a problem ...
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Who is responsible for pinpointing bugs?

Let's imagine this common situation: a tester creates an issue for a developer to fix, providing the steps to reproduce, screenshots and other details (if available). Then, a developer does not think ...
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How can testers motivate developers to write unit tests?

Unit-testing, oftentimes, is thought of as a burden and not exciting at all - more code to write, configure and maintain which requires time which results into delays in delivering features or fixes. ...
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Signal to noise ratio during early testing

The Context For the past several years our QA team has been very active in manual and automated testing of our products which led to a very small amount of real-user complaints about the functioning ...
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Advanced Testing Practices

I am a developer who just started a new career in QA, right now I am still learning the basics. While testing a project I see violations of some coding standards (Variable names, Web elements without ...
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Should a tester feel bad about finding too many defects/bugs in the product?

I work as a junior black box tester in a small software house. I work on a medical industry web application. I was assigned a module to test. I did a lot of research and risk analysis and logged at ...
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How to update softwares in a company [closed]

If a company wants to update their systems like for example ERP or CRM or a bookkeeping system etc. How can they best do this.. Just update the systems on every computer and hoping it works 100%? Or ...
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Should QA be responsible for XML schema validation testing? [closed]

In our company, we use XML as a core part of the integration. We had a few occasions where our customer raised the concern that our XML's are not validated as per the schema. I have asked the QA team ...
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What can testers do to win over the hearts of software developers? [closed]

Testers and developers don't always get along due to a wide variety of reasons. What can testers and other people can do to make software developers lives easier, more productive and more enjoyable? ...
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How can developers improve relations with testers?

Testers and developers don't always get along, which can lead to a lot of inefficiencies between testing activities and perform QA. What can developers and other people do to make working with ...
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Why testing is not a stand alone activity

I am trying to understand the following concept - Testing is done parallel with other activities and thus it is not a stand alone activity, it is a complete process called STLC (Software ...
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Impact Flow Tracking for feature updates & changes

I have been working in a startup as a manual and automation QA engineer. New features gets applied to our site every 2 weeks. Whenever a redesign project comes up, such as a product page redesign, we ...
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Software Tester: experience first, formal skills then

There's a person with actual manual testing skills gained after countless testing of in-house software products [open that page, that page, and that page. Run test. Wait. Record results. Run ...
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Where are good places to demo + share + show off what I'm working on?

I haven't found many resources where people show-and-tell the quality and testing-related projects they're working on. I don't see the same drive to innovate in the SQA community as I do in others. Is ...
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QA Methodology: Do you retest every change on a new build or only changed code?

I am leading a new QA team at my company and we are small (Myself and one other person). We are currently testing releases compiled by over 10 developers, so the ratio of developers to QA is skewed. ...
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Are memory leak identification and code profiling the developer's or tester's responsiblity?

I am new to memory leaks and memory profiling. Kindly can anyone help me out in finding the answers of the below mentioned questions When to check a memory leak, during coding phase or testing phase? ...
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Crowdfunded feature request system - would it make users hate me?

There's a free webapp I develop and I use a feature request system where each user gets limited votes and it works great. Since I don't get paid for this though, I was thinking of turning the most ...
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Should tester fix bugs?

I've heard two guys from Microsoft and Google saying testers in those companies fix defects. Personally I think it is Ok and a better contribution than just creating a new bug ticket (at least in some ...
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Language preferences in the QA community

I work on a test management tool that includes a REST API. We are looking to add code examples for consumption of the API as well as client libraries. Initially we were looking to target Python for ...
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How to assure quality when you don't have dedicated testers?

If you're a programmer working alone, or with a couple other programmers, and you don't have dedicated testers, the programmers have to make up the difference. Obviously, even when you have testers, ...
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How does a tester decide how much debugging/investigation to do before handing an issue over to development?

A common question from the testers I mentor is "When do I stop investigating on an issue, log a defect with everything I've found/determined so far, and hand it over to dev?" I have yet to come up ...
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What kind of testing should a developer do before passing a build to the QA team?

As a developer my knowledge of best QA practices, etc., are limited to know just enough to get me by writing unit tests, etc. From a tester's point of view, what testing procedures should the ...
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How to deal with automation naysayers?

In my team, there are a number of experienced QA people. I work mostly on developing tools to make the QA process easier for these guys, such as developing test automation. The uptake has been slow, ...
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How to deal with testers who do more than test

In my firm, we don't have testers, exactly. We have analysts who translate business requirements into specifications. (Think the guy from Office Space, except these guys actually provide some value. ...
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Is the “Joel Test” appropriate when looking for a QA job?

The "Joel Test" lists 12 items to look for in a software company: Do you use source control? Can you make a build in one step? Do you make daily builds? Do you have a bug database? Do you fix bugs ...
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Should programmers run automated tests written by QA?

Perhaps programmers have their own unit tests, perhaps as the result of doing Test-Driven Development. They run these tests very often; perhaps every few minutes, but at least a few times each day. ...
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How do you tell a programmer they're not testing their own code enough?

Suppose you're working with bright programmer, but every time you test the code you find a serious, obvious bugs. Things the programmer could have noticed if they did their own testing before checking ...