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Feb
12
comment Onsite Interview : QA Engineer with more Emphasis on Java Skills
A word of caution - as a tester, I find Stack Exchange contains a lot of highly voted up nonsense. There is good stuff, but it's rare. I don't think SE or SO have enough of a critical mass of testers to overcome the "ignorant and totally unaware of it" voting population. It's a pity the test-focused SE proposal isn't getting more traction.
Feb
12
comment What are good requirements for a QA engineer?
+1 Great answer - especially including a test audition. Some folk sound great when they're talking, but the only way to really evaluate a tester is to actually get them to test.
Feb
12
comment What are good requirements for a QA engineer?
That says rather a lot more about the kind of companies you've worked for than it does about testers in general. As Ethel says, you get what you expect - if you expect your testers to be mundane and pay accordingly, you simply won't attract really skilled testers.
Feb
12
comment Onsite Interview : QA Engineer with more Emphasis on Java Skills
+1 Great answer. I really like the idea of "framing" the interview in that way, and realised reading your answer that's actually how I've thought of all the successful interviews I've had: "cool, here's a chance to chat to nice new people about stuff we're both interested in".
Feb
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Feb
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comment Can you recommend a good test plan template?
Excellent - glad it was helpful. For brainstorming, have you thought about using mindmaps? This Lisa Crispin blog post describes how they used mindmapping for theme planning: lisacrispin.com/wordpress/tag/mind-maps
Jan
30
answered Can you recommend a good test plan template?
Jan
30
comment Where can I find statistics / figures on how long testing should / could take?
Then that's really a different question to the one you originally asked.
Dec
10
comment What mistakes do your users make, and how can you update your application to handle them?
+1 for users "learn your software through exploration".
Dec
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comment Do you believe it's a good idea for Software Engineers to have to work as Quality Assurance Engineers for some period of time?
Er, that assumes you're working in a place that pays skilled QA folk less than devs. I know some places do, but it doesn't reflect my experience - when I've known people's salaries they've generally been on a par.
Dec
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answered Do you believe it's a good idea for Software Engineers to have to work as Quality Assurance Engineers for some period of time?
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Nov
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answered What to do with bugs that do not repro?
Nov
30
comment How To Know When To Stop Testing?
I think you'd find Michael Bolton's blog post about stopping heuristics for testing useful to read: http://www.developsense.com/blog/2009/09/when-do-we-stop-test/ You may recognise some of the heuristics people have suggested in this thread.
Nov
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answered Should programmers help testers in designing tests?