Grow, Darn You, Grow!

Apoorva writes: Being a team lead, one would take it as his duty to bring out the best in his team (STE’s who work under you). How do you manage to do that? Do you (or Leads/Managers at Microsoft) manage to identify certain weaknesses/strengths in your STE’s and help them improve upon it or are…


Tis The Season For Overeating, Fa La La La La, La La La La

The division holiday party was this weekend. A Beatles cover band that also did just about everything else, a very good comedian, a hypnotist I didn’t see (at least I don’t *remember* seeing <g/>), roaming Elvis and Madonna and Marilyn Monroe, a jazz band, thousands of Developer Divisionites and their Significant Others, and (the most…


Repro This!

Pop quiz: A tester finds and logs a bug. Some days (weeks (months)) later a developer picks up the bug and runs through it. Lo and behold, the bug does not occur. What should the developer do with this bug? Most common answer: Resolve the bug as “No Repro” and send it back to the…


Bad Error Message! Bad! Bad!

I was xcopying some folders this weekend. (xcopy: the poor man’s backup system.) Everything was going swimmingly. Or so I thought, until I noticed that some files that should have been copied weren’t. What!? xcopy has never failed me before! What’s going on? So I tried it again, more targeted than the original command since…


Software Statistics Engineer?

I recently read an (internal, so I can’t give a link, sorry) article by a developer pundit. In the article he opines that while the current practices of unit testing, etc. are having a definite impact on code quality, eventually we will reach a point where it becomes much harder to find bugs, at which…


Milestone Ho!

We’re currently in the interregnum between milestones.  Rather than rushing in to the next milestone the day after we exit the current one — which means you must steal time and energy from this milestone to focus on the next one, and/or enter the next one without really knowing what its goals are and how…


I’m a Tester, Jim, not a QA Engineer!

If you ask any random set of testers what their title is, about half of them will answer with some term that includes “Test” and the other half will answer with some term that includes “QA” and “Engineer”.  If you then ask them what their job entails, all of them will say something about testing…


System.Console.WriteLine(My.BlogRoll.ToString())

I’ve received a few requests for my blogroll.  I considered posting it here all nice and categorized like, but at 170+ feeds that would be rather lengthy.  Anyway, going to all that trouble isn’t necessary.  Through the magic of NewsGator my current OPML will always be available at http://services.newsgator.com/ngws/svc/opml.aspx?uid=2170&mid=1.  My sidebar links to it now,…


One More Hallmark

Darren writes: Hi, I read through your list of attributes today with interest.  One of the attributes that interests me but, that you did not mention was:  Ability to provide accurate estimates.  I’d be interested to read *your* take on that attribute. Estimation is indeed as important a skill for testers as it is for…


Just As, Not Less Or More

Kate comments on my previous blog post Why I’m An SDE/T: Writing code to break other’s code is what I fascinate about.  Hope I can get this kind of job in the near future.  Now comes the question:  When you write a tool to test other’s code, what makes you trust the code you wrote? …