Starters vs. Closers

I haven’t written a new blog post in a while because my new role has given me new perspective and I am personally learning a lot and organizing my thoughts so I can share them with everyone. One way to describe the change in my role, and what I suspect others have come across, goes…

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Stop Hoping for Quality and Just Test It!

As I continue to apply more engineering rigor to the release process in my team, I hear statements referring to engineers being hopeful and hoping things will go well.  Hoping is not the correct way to ship software.  I also hear a lot of statements like “we are confident this will work”.  Confidence, although great…

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Quality First

Whether you are a developer, a tester, or in a combined Software Engineering role, understanding the fundamental thinking behind testing your own code is of significant importance to producing solid, quality services for our customers.  Due to this, I’d like to spend some time directing you to some of my previous blog posts pertaining specifically…

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What’s Your New Currency?

There’s a change spreading across the software engineering landscape.  What you thought you knew about testing and shipping software is changing and it’s time we all get on board.  Some of us older engineers have learned how to ship software in a traditional way similar to the Waterfall methodology.  But the software industry is changing…

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It Doesn’t Take Muscles to Use Your Strengths

But it does take a manager that understands how to leverage strengths.  Many managers say they do this, but I’d question if they really think this way, if “leveraging peoples’ strengths” is really part of their DNA.  The reason I question this is because many companies have defined roles for people to do.  They are…

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97%

Metrics are very important to the success of an engineering team.  They help with data-driven decisions.  Today let’s focus on QA metrics, although having metrics for all the important indicators we use to ship products is essential to any engineering team.  For QA metrics, some of the most important ones are around # of test cases, % automated, %…

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Transformers are Leaders, not Toys!

{EAV:fb71307c644189ca} I was recently asked ‘how do you take a team mostly focused on manual testing andturn them into a team that writes solid automation?’.  And as I thought about my answer, I realizedthis doesn’t just apply to testing, but any team that is reforming can followthese same simple steps. I honestly didn’t realize this…

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What are Testers Thankful For?

When I think about all the issues my QA team has to deal with to ship projects, I wonder as we get closer to Thanksgiving what they are thankful for.  What makes their jobs easier or fun?  Two things come to mind. Testers are thankful when their developers produce quality builds.  Getting a build that…

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QA or Test – does the name really matter?

I’ve been the manager for many different teams.  Some call themselves Test and some call themselves QA.  Personally, I’ve found it easier to just use those terms interchangeably.  But for many, there are two very distinct schools of thought about what a Test team is and what a QA team is.  Maybe at some point…

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There’s No Room For Watermelons

I have noticed a problem lately that needs some focus.  I heard a statement that sums it up nicely.  “Don’t be green on the outside and red on the inside.”  Now if this was a joke (What’s green on the outside and red on the inside?”) I can think of a few answers like a…

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