This week was exciting, as this Monday a new person joined the Visual Studio Indigo Designer QA team -
While he is ramping up on testing at Microsoft and getting a feel for the type of work we will be ding for the next release of Visual Studio I will be acting as his mentor. To be honest, I am really excited at the chance to mentor another tester because it gives me a chance to reflect on what I have been doing for the past 20 months here at Microsoft.
Namely, I had to answer the question what makes a good tester? I am sure a lot of people around the internet would say it is accuracy of bug writing reports, clarity of status mails, etc. I told Jeff that the one thing that makes a good tester is: not taking crap.
Sure the job of a tester entails writing stable automation to verify the product, as well as reporting regular status and filing bugs. But the purpose of the tester is to fight – tooth and nail – for product quality.
So, here’s to helping to show Jeff how to do just that for the next release of Visual Studio!
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