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Apr
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comment Key phrases showing benefits performing certified software testing for “your” company?
And what benefit does that certification give the customer - does ISTQB promise to indemnify your customer against your (potential) incompetence? Do they promise to decertify you if a customer provides evidence that you have behaved improperly? Or is it just intended as a marketing aid?
Mar
16
comment Can an agile shop really score 12 on the Joel Test?
@Simon - if your agile testers don't care to call themselves testers, I guess they've never heard of Elisabeth Hendrickson, Lisa Crispin, Janet Gregory...
Mar
13
comment What quantitative metrics do you use to measure the quality of an offshore testing team?
Traceability matrix is only applicable to some very specific environments: if you're being asked to confirm compliance to requirements, then you would use it. It doesn't tell you anything however, about other quality aspects of the software, and should be regarded as a bad sign if used in an inappropriate project context.
Mar
13
comment How to Structure Bonuses for Software Developers?
I've seen extreme versions of this, where different depts would not cooperate on anything that ran the risk of reducing their bonus score. It really didn't matter if it cost the company money, it was purely "will I get my bonus? Then I don't care if we lost 2 highly trained engineers to the competition".
Mar
13
comment How to Structure Bonuses for Software Developers?
If people are slacking in an otherwise well-performing group, and this isn't due to some temporary issue (health problems, recent bereavement, etc), then surely the way to deal with this is to ask them to improve, or leave? Carrying a team member who is incapable or unwilling to do the work is a huge destroyer of morale. I don't think incentives are a good way to deal with that issue. +1 for your point in the first paragraph.
Mar
13
comment Is there value in having new developers (graduates) start as testers / bug-fixers?
Testers might write programmatic test cases, and test manually. I would expect testers to be able to bridge both sides - looking at the app from the technical and the business perspective - in order to create really challenging tests. In my organisation, there is a distinct separate role for "tester" - different training, different mindset, different (but overlapping in some places) skillset.
Mar
12
comment Is there value in having new developers (graduates) start as testers / bug-fixers?
+1 for pointing out the flaw in hiring people to do something, and having them spend the first year doing something else. However, as a tester, I'd say you're wrong about "Hire testers for the things that really need a face in front of the screen". Yes, that is a small part of what I do. But I don't always need my face in front of a screen to find issues - in fact, I often find a lot of issues before the code is even written. You are right that it's a different skill set. The point of having me or my tester colleagues on a team is because we practice looking at things differently.
Mar
11
comment What's the *ISTQB* and are they trustable?
Actually, some savvy employers are starting to say "if you have a certificate: we won't hold it against you", or even that they use it as an anti-filter - they discard any CV that mentions it. A very poorly regarded cert can become an indication of poor judgment.
Feb
26
comment What is the difference between a Software Test Engineer and Software Test Analyst?
There's never been that distinction in any team I've worked on - I'm sure it may exist in some teams, but it's by no means universal.
Feb
22
comment Industry attitude towards what is called an “undergraduate Master's”
If you take a look at the answers to this question programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/47176/… you'll see that it's actually quite common in Europe too.
Feb
21
comment Daily standups- yea or nay?
@Jaco - testers aren't part of your Scrum team?
Feb
20
comment Who was your mentor? Where can I find mine?
Ran out of votes for today, or I'd vote up. I have learned so much from my mentor. I think it's a misunderstanding of what a mentor does: I was already reading and studying on my own, but in our discussions my mentor would challenge me on bad assumptions I'd made, push me to explain my thinking more clearly or to re-examine it for flaws, and point me at useful new ideas and ways of looking at stuff that I wouldn't necessarily have found on my own.
Feb
20
comment Are there any downsides of 2 developers getting married?
@btilly - ouch! Feeling very glad my partner is sensible enough to know that vi is the one true editor. :)
Feb
20
comment How To Know When To Stop Testing?
Though I'd completely agree: it's not done until it's tested. (I tend to agree with the idea that we'd be better off using the term "fixing phase" than a testing phase.) My disagreement is just that I think testing is inherently open-ended - you can never draw a line and say "there are no more tests we could possibly do now", just "there are no more tests we think it's worth doing now".
Feb
20
comment Mock Objects for Testing - Test Automation Engineer Perspective
@Evans - I agree with user9009, your comment deserves to be one of the answers. It's useful info and may be missed by people who don't read all the comments.
Feb
20
comment How To Know When To Stop Testing?
+1 for continuous small deliveries and early testing. This also has the effect that defects are easier to fix, as the original programmer is still in context and hasn't moved on to another area. I'm now working in an environment where we do this and it's scary how much more productive everyone is.
Feb
20
comment How To Know When To Stop Testing?
As a system tester, I've rarely been in the position where the release date got delayed for more testing. I know I will never test anything completely - what I try to do is prioritise. Obviously, the quality of the calls I make about which areas to test first are dependent on the information I get about technical risk and business importance. The most important thing is that it should ALWAYS be a business decision and not a dev/test decision about what level of risk the company is willing to take on. We can advise, but it's the business that must decide.
Feb
20
comment How To Know When To Stop Testing?
The rate of finding new bugs is highly dependent on external factors, and sadly - some project managers will game this. Cem Kaner cites examples of the test team being sent to the movies so that the bug discovery rate would drop, and the PM could ship.
Feb
20
comment Are there any downsides of 2 developers getting married?
@Walter, maybe you're thinking of this: programmers.stackexchange.com/questions/20262/…
Feb
20
comment Are there any downsides of 2 developers getting married?
I think competitiveness depends so much more on your personalities than on doing the same profession. You could be in entirely different professions and still compete on who earns more, or who has the most respected job.