Tag Archives: Testing
Hiring newbies for your QA team is a bit of a gamble, because you’ll have to invest a lot in teaching without knowing beforehand if you’ll actually get a good tester out of it. But there are ways to make … Continue reading
Lessons I Learned as a Tester, 4: Testers Should Write the First Draft and Approve the Last Draft of Release Notes
You might say I learned this lesson as a technical writer, too.
As a lead tester, you fall somewhere on a scale between being completely passive about bug fixes and being in complete control of them. If you are completely passive, you are managing neither the product nor its quality. If you … Continue reading
Written in collaboration with Efrat Wurzel The basic premise of QA is that developers – being human – make mistakes; but too many testers think that developer mistakes are limited to the code they write. The truth is that developers … Continue reading
As a version’s release date approaches, and bugs and untested features are looming large, there is a temptation (not usually in the QA department) to recruit people from outside the QA to help the testing effort. This, I’m going to … Continue reading
The further away you are from the QA department, the looser the definition of version sanity. By the time you get to the back of the development department, where the newbies sit, the definition of sanity is “compilable”.
When asked to provide testing instructions for a new feature or bug fix, there are three types of developers: some are surgically precise, some are fairly precise while erring towards caution, and some give the widest set of instructions they … Continue reading
If you’re not the only tester in your company, then you’ve run into the question of who tests what – QA’s idea of Going Dutch. Before you distribute testing, however, you need to answer a more basic question: do you … Continue reading
Of the many ways to plan your testing, I find entity-based plans to be the most reliable. An entity, such as a user, item or order, is one of the relative constants in applications and websites. Entities might gain and … Continue reading