"UX/UI experts aren't the customers. They aren't the users. They can make a reasonable guess at what users will do, but they won't always get it right.
As testers, we get to play user-advocate, and point out gaps in the assumptions the…"
Automation is part of a tool set for testers, and the single most valuable tool any tester can possess is a curious, functioning mind. It's not just creating automated tests: it's building setup and teardown routines,…"
Both skillsets are equally valuable to test automation, and combining a developer with an interest in testing with a tester with an interest in development is, in my opinion, the best of both worlds."
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"That sounds to me like someone looking for a magic bullet.
I'm sure that if the organization wants, they could use an increase in developer unit testing to cut their dedicated tester resources - but that will likely cause an increase in bugs…"
"The short version: Yes.
The longer answer: I think no matter who we are or where we're coming from, there are going to be differences of opinion. I'd hope as a community we can be mature enough to discuss those differences without the…"
"On an informal level a good deal of "Hey, is X supposed to happen when I do Y?" tends to help with Dev/Tester collaboration. So does me getting up and going to someone's desk to ask about something I'm not sure about.
"The correct response to someone who says "I feel marginalized" is "What situations are causing you to feel this" followed by some old-fashioned root cause analysis.
In the case of the developers dismissing bug reports, it…"
"I agree SO much with this. The idea that it's "too time-consuming" to write unit tests and then expecting to hire someone to automate manual tests is something that can only come from someone who has no idea what good software…"
"Short answer: No.
Longer answer: not unless/until there is true artificial intelligence with pattern recognition skills at least as good as human pattern recognition, and cheap enough for the average organization to use for software…"
"Best practices aren't - because every testing project is different, so is every test strategy and the best approach for a project.
Testing is as much an art as a science - because every piece of software is different, there's a lot of…"
My employer is looking to move from me being the one and only test specialist in the company to me managing a largely outsourced test team via my manager's contacts at Grupo HDI (www.grupohdi.com).Does anyone here have experience of working with or at the company? I haven't been able to find much beyond what the English version of their website provides.My manager wants me to get a better idea of who they are and what they do before we start the process of…See More
"That's exactly the problem. There's a difference between skilled manual testing and mindlessly following a script.
Unfortunately, a lot of businesses - and sadly, too many testers - don't recognize that difference, and don't…"
Not everything can be automated or should be automated. More than that, until computers are capable of saying "that's funny... I wonder what's going on there" and digging into a newly presented problem, there…"
"Not dead yet...
I do like the agile-driven evolution towards generalizing specialists, where (as a tester who can code) I can do things like help my team members build good unit tests (which means I don't have to exhaustively manually test…"
"I would agree with the others about not using a checklist.
I'd suggest something like Sarah suggested, perhaps using this format:
Three things you would like me to KEEP doing (and optionally, why)
Three things you would like me to START doing…"