The journal of becoming senior tester (8) – suggestions for test manager

 Today, I like to write a blog about hiring testers.  The main reader is our hire Manager. This blog is not about how to interview people or decision on hiring a person or not which I think it is the What part.  My main topic will be the Why part, i.e., why we need to…

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The journal of becoming senior tester (11) – making big impact

Today,  I like to talk about another topic of being a senior tester which is making big impact.  One of the important way to measure the succeed of a person is knowing how big the impact you are making to the team, to the project and to the customer.    I have three areas which…

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The journal of becoming senior tester (5) – becoming a domain expert

​Today,  I like to write one of the most important career path for our tester, which is becoming a domain expert. We need to realize that many of us will not grow as a tools developer or a test architect.  They will become either a professional QA, a domain expert or just switch to a…

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The journal of becoming senior tester (9) – be passion and be always motivated

  Sometime, people will feel boring about  doing the similar thing every day.  They start to lose passion, and feel that their career grow becomes slow.  How we can handle this situation?   I have some advise to you. ·   Consider to leave your comfort zone.  Once you stay in a group for long time, you have…

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The journal of becoming senior tester (10) – be open and be broad

​Once you stay in one group for long time, you obtained very deep knowledge about the area and the testing methodology for the area you own. In this case, we tend to be comfortable on what we are doing now, and sometime want avoid change. However, as a professional tester, we should always think broadly,…

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Tester’ Career Series

​Hello,  Guys   I start to a series of blogs about how to grow senior tester. I named the blogs as the journal of becoming senior tests.  Here is the outline:   The journal of becoming senior tester (1)  – The four paths of becoming to senior tester   The journal of becoming senior tester…

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My Take a way for SASQAG $99 day training: “Using Flow and Kanban for Better Testing and Happier Workplace”

Background What is SASQAG? Seattle Area Software Quality Assurance Group (SASQAG) http://www.sasqag.org/ is a Seattle area  rovide educational and certification opportunities in a non-commercial atmosphere within an organization of software quality professionals. The organization has monthly meeting at every third Thursday. You can also see http://www.sasqag.org/calendar.html for other related test activites. What is KANBAN Kanban…

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Avoid using varchar or char data type

     Today,  I like to put one suggestion for choosing the data type of string column.  My recommendation is always go with nvarchar type. You will not be regret if your database always using nvarchar type.  For example, our SharePoint backend database always use nvarchar type, and they don’t have any issue related to store…

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Tester’s Persona

The “Exploratory Software Testing” book by James Whittaker is a really good book for tester in that it provide ways for testers to think about “What” you want to test. While I am reading the books, a lot of ideas come from my mind. Today morning, I was thinking about how to make it simple…

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Do not alter database collation in your server

Today, I like to provide one suggestion related to change database collation. In Alter Database T-SQL at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms174269.aspx,  we can see example of changing database ‘s collation as:   Alter Database db2 collate latin1_general_ci_as It seems pretty trival to change a database collation.  However,  it actually does not work in most of the cases.  The…

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