Brent’s Favorite Bug

This bug is my favorite mostly because of how my experience with it transformed my career. It was 1998. I was a middle manager for a platform called CDO, Collaboration Data Objects. The API’s were to allow Application Developers to build fantastic workflow tools on top on Exchange Server. The platform was available on client…

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JMike’s Favorite Bug

I found this bug while working as one of the first QA engineers at the MathWorks (makers of MATLAB and Simulink technical computing software) in the early 1990s. ANSI standard 754 mandates rounding and such behavior for real finite-precision floating-point arithmetic. But there is no standard — at least I can say for sure there…

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Mohan Sagar’s Favorite Bug

I am working as a SharePoint QA. We developed the Status Reports project. It is basically used to collect the weekly status for all the projects. You are allowed to submit the status for any project only if you are a member or owner of that particular project. Each project has a project category dropdown…

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CASTing About

Last week found me at CAST thanks to Jeff Atwood on behalf of Stack Exchange (now with a tester-centric site!). Thanks, Jeff! You might remember I went to CAST last year and came back way impressed; this year’s CAST managed to actually surpass my expectations! And it failed to meet them as well. Location. CAST 2011…

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CAST Away

Last week found me braving the Grand Rapids, Michigan summer (heat! humidity! sun! loved it!) to attend my first CAST. While I propped it a couple years ago, I didn’t actually make it until now. The short version: CAST is awesome, conference proceedings will soon be up at http://www.cast2010.org so you can see what you missed,…

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Talking Clocks

We have a set of clocks counting down the time until our next big milestone, one where all the testers are, one by the devs, and one by PM. I just noticed that they tell a story: PM reaches the end of the milestone first; Dev reaches it next; And Test reaches it last Isn’t…

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I’m A Twit!

I’m on Twitter now; @humbugreality if you’re interested. No promises whether I’ll post there more frequently than I am currently doing here; so far I’ve twittered two jokes and am wondering what to say next. Judging from the tweets I’ve seen, Twitter seems to be a combination Facebook + instant messaging tool where friending someone…

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Book Review: Mistress of Molecules

Last fall Jerry Weinberg sent me a review copy of his scifi novel Mistress of Molecules. I pretty much read it straight through, and then didn’t blog for six months so never posted my review. So here goes: I enjoyed it! Although I guessed the major plot points and some of the details well ahead…

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Reliable Intent

I’ve been super busy talking with as many testers and leads on my team as I can, gathering data on what is and is not working for them. I’m completely unsurprised to learn that, as with many other teams I’ve talked with, they’re having problems understanding what tests mean to test, finding and using functionality…

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Sometimes Sausage Making Is Beautiful!

Seeing Microsoft from the inside, I often don’t understand what is going on. Sometimes, however, it’s just beautiful! Recently I discovered that VPN no longer worked for me, so I dropped by Security to see what was wrong. Therein ensued a journey of frustrating details, one I am still working through. This evening I emailed…

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