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.
Category Archives: Career
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
Lately I’ve found myself wanting to develop test solutions that essentially require a simple web server along with a lot of client-side logic. For example, a Gherkin repository interface is something I’ve been longing to do. I don’t want to … Continue reading
Earlier I talked about the opportunity descriptions that I would like to see. Having these done poorly is a huge pet peeve of mine. Some of this is just the fact that companies go through recruiters. There are many, many … Continue reading
A lot of times I get asked by technical testers the following question: “What language should I learn?” The rationale for the question is obvious: there is limited time and they want to focus on that which will do them … Continue reading
If you’re a Ruby programmer than, like me, you may have a healthy distrust of the bloated thing that is Java. That said, Java really does have a lot of good points and it would be silly for any tester … Continue reading
Technical testers are often in a role where they have to utilize a programming language in order to build their own tools. Many testers will focus on languages like Ruby and Python for those solutions. The reason for that is … Continue reading
Test engineers most definitely should have Ruby as part of their tool set. This post is not so much to showcase my clear bias for Ruby when writing test solutions. This post is rather to showcase with some evidence why … Continue reading
Many of us are used to the question during an interview wherein someone says: “what would your ideal role look like?” It’s a question that has an answer that is easy to envision for me, but not always easy to … Continue reading
As a tester, you don’t just gather and manage test data. You don’t just create test cases. As part of quality assurance, you don’t just check requirements. You don’t just do reviews. In short: you are not just a bundle … Continue reading