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
Category Archives: Career
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
The test discipline is an interesting spot right now which is where some testers are considered “too technical” and the fear is they don’t want to do the actual testing. On the other hand, some testers aren’t considered “technical enough” … Continue reading
Here I argue against people, particularly certain companies, that seem to think it matters overly much if their test employees hold a certification, such as the CSTE.
One thing I often talk with testers about is a prime focus of our work: being credible reporters of useful and timely information in a diplomatically persuasive way. Coupled with that, I’m just coming out of a particular job wherein … Continue reading
I seem to be on a rant lately about interview techniques for getting good testers. Here I’m going to back up a little further what I do in order to find effective and efficient testers.
One of my pet peeves in the industry is the often very lackluster ways I see testers being interviewed. So let’s talk about that a bit.
As a tester it can be hard enough figuring out what technologies you should focus on to remain relevant in your career; not just at your current place of employment but at future ones as well. This gets even more … Continue reading
I recently did an interview for a “technical testing” position and it was one where they had you do a whole lot of exercises for coding. In fact, as far as I could tell, that’s pretty much what all the … Continue reading