I previously talked about some heuristics for hiring test specialists. There was an assumption in that post that you do, in fact, want to hire specialist testers. But, of course, that is just an assumption. Perhaps you don’t. And before … Continue reading
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I’ve talked quite a bit about the interview process for testers. Here I’ll try to distill some of that material around my experiences with hiring test specialists. By this term, I mean exactly what it sounds like: people who have … Continue reading
I get asked this a lot. I’ve been doing some form of testing since the early 1990s and while my initial opportunities were provided by chance, my career was one of choice. Rather than say why I stay in testing, … Continue reading
I periodically find myself questioning the extent to which it makes sense to blog. I find it’s healthy to go through these periods of reflection and introspection. I often find it’s even healthier to expose these thoughts to others.
There is still so much wrong with how testers — even those who will write automation — are interviewed. I talked about this already regarding how technical test interviews are broken and about interviewing technical testers more broadly. Is there … Continue reading
Here I’m not speaking to the people who are interviewing for roles in automation. I’m speaking to the people hiring them. The interview process is entirely broken in so many places. According to Eric Elliot, code-based interviews have always been … Continue reading
I talked before about tradition and dogma and not too long ago, on LinkedIn, I saw someone post yet another one of those bits of dogma in our industry without considering the context. The discussion that ensued showcased exactly the … Continue reading
I had two major series of thematic posts that I tried out this year: Modern Testing and Indefinito. The former was eminently focused on the tactical and the latter more on the strategic and perhaps even philosophical. In some ways … Continue reading
It has been and continues to be my contention that many test and quality assurance interviews these days are handled terribly. I have seen, and participated in, interviews where candidates were barely tested for the wider aspects of how they … Continue reading
If being completely accurate, I would have to title this post something like “The Danger of the Companies that Frame Testing as a Technocratic Discipline and Hire Testers Who Reinforce This View”. But that’s a really cumbersome title to write! … Continue reading
Awhile back I talked about why test engineers should learn Groovy. Here I’ll focus on two specific tools in this ecosystem: Geb and Spock.
I’ve previously talked about being a generalist with specialist tendencies. I’ve said I’ve generalized in just about everything but I’ve tried to specialize in quality assurance and testing as disciplines. But what does that actually mean? Let’s talk about that.
A way back I talked about testing focusing on its roots as a technical discipline. I’ve also talked about how companies should interview testers as testers and, most recently, a bit about being generalists with some areas of specialization. I … Continue reading
Previously I had talked about valuing the “modern” tester as well as a possible defocusing of test practices. What a lot of these kinds of discussions swirl around is how much, and to what extent, testers are generalists or specialists. … Continue reading