Fortunately, QA Can Hit That Hotkey

February 12th, 2016 by The Director

My first ticket logged in Jira, and my first bug found in Jira.

Fortunately, I have an undefined key on my special QA-language keyboard.

QA Music: Poisonous Monday

February 8th, 2016 by The Director

Because I just loaded it onto a cheap MP3 player for my gym workouts, have Poison, “Come Hell or High Water”:

Item 1 On The List: I Can’t Finish The List

February 5th, 2016 by The Director

When you log into Slack, it provides you an inspirational message. How positive of the program. This particular item always gets me:

The first item on the list is that I couldn’t complete the list in under 24 hours.

Then we get into the physically impossible.

What, this is a rhetorical question? Then why ask it?

QA Music – Hello

February 1st, 2016 by The Director

Link courtesy my cousin the software tester.)

That Could Have Afforded A Couple Testers

January 27th, 2016 by The Director

How to lose $172,222 a second for 45 minutes:

The tale has all the hallmarks of technical debt in a huge, unmaintained, bitrotten codebase (the bug itself due to code that hadn’t been used for 8 years), and a really poor, undisciplined devops story.

I’d always sworn I’d never work for a health devices or financial services company because the risks were so great.

Well, so far, I’m keeping half of that pledge.

Internet of Things Making Wild Guesses

January 7th, 2016 by The Director

Fitbit heart rate tracking is dangerously inaccurate, lawsuit claims:

Fitbit owners from several US states claim that despite the company’s products purporting to accurately measure heart rates, Fitbits “do not and cannot consistently and accurately record wearers’ heart rates during the intense physical activity for which Fitbit expressly markets them”.

One claimant in the class-action lawsuit says that while her personal trainer measured her heart rate at 160 beats per minute, her Fitbit Charge HR recorded a rate of 82 bpm. Another who said his doctor had told him not to exceed 160 bpm found that his Fitbit Surge device was as much as 25 bpm below what other trackers said.

It looks as though the device derives the Beats Per Minute from a different measurement. So although it might be correct in a high percentage of cases, given enough absolute cases, it can have a high number of failures.

It’s like the new saying goes, “Where there’s an algorithm, there’s an error.”

I Feel Like I’m Repeating Myself

January 6th, 2016 by The Director

Twitter is all a-tweet about this news:

Internet Explorer has long been the bane of many Web developers’ existence, but here’s some news to brighten your day: Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 are reaching ‘end of life’ on Tuesday, meaning they’re no longer supported by Microsoft.

Just because Microsoft stops supporting these things does not mean you can stop designing, developing, and testing for these old versions of IE on Wednesday.

When you’re thinking about browser compatibility, you have to judge based on actual market share and your user base’s browser statistics, not press releases.

Otherwise, you risk alienating a certain segment of your user base (“But just the uncool ones!” the kids will say) or frustrating your help desk who now has to handle the callers/emailers complaining about the site not working in IE 8.

(Actually, I am repeating myself.)

QA Music – Lee Aaron Threefer

January 4th, 2016 by The Director

I got the 1984 Lee Aaron album Metal Queen after the holidays. One listen, and I was transported back to that era amid some inexpensive smoke effects.

To celebrate, here are three Lee Aaron tracks, although only two come from Metal Queen.

“Barely Hanging On”:

“Head Above Water”:

And, of course, “Metal Queen”:

QA Music – Aspiring to a Job in QA

December 28th, 2015 by The Director

Andrea Superstein, “I Want To Be Evil”:

QAsmas Carols Round-Up

December 23rd, 2015 by The Director

In case you’re not following me on Twitter, allow me to round up my contribution to this season’s list of QAsmas carols:

  • We pissed off the project managers,
    we pissed off the project managers,
    we pissed off the project managers,
    & hacked off the devs.
  • The Appbreaker Suite
  • Whose Fault Is This?
  • Good Thing Wetestedthis
  • Boundary (With Excess Overflow)
  • In a Build Unstable
  • Mark the Myriad Defects Closed
  • I Logged Three Bugs
  • O Tiny Bug
  • O Test This By Day’s End (Oh, Come On, You PM)
  • Server Farms Are Crashing On Down
  • I Saw Tommy Dissing Selenium
  • Check the Calls (with POSTs of Long Strings)
  • Let’s Futz with An Open File
  • Carol of the NULLs
  • Let Us “No”

QA Music: Why Not Slipknot?

December 21st, 2015 by The Director

Slipknot, “Psychosocial”:

Article, No; Content, Yes

December 17th, 2015 by The Director

From time to time, and by “time to time” I mean “almost daily,” I get unsolicited offers from Social Media people to write a post for me to pitch their products. You can tell they don’t read the site because any in-depth reading of the site would indicate I don’t pitch products or generally say anything nice about anyone except heavy metal bands.

Still, it takes a special kind of company to offer to write exclusive content for a site called QA Hates You and then have a mistake in the email wherein instead of QA Hates You, appears:

Congratulations, ZipRecruiter.com! You’ve made QA Hates You the old fashioned way.

QA Music: Working in the Darkness

December 14th, 2015 by The Director

Disturbed, “The Light”:

Mastering the Art of The Year-End Performance Review

December 10th, 2015 by The Director

The end of the year is upon us, and with it comes the annual review. Before you go into your performance review, you should plan your strategy to make your case and to put your best foot forward to get the best possible result. The following video offers good tips and tricks on how to wow your boss(es) in those reviews.

Outgoing Email Communications Could Use Some Attention, Too

December 9th, 2015 by The Director

A year or so ago, I volunteered to help the Missouri Department of Conservation test its new Web site. The testing is ongoing, and little did I know it was only user experience testing and not testing testing.

But I periodically receive emails like this:


This indicates they’re not double-checking the outgoing emails, either.

My Kind of Career Planning

December 8th, 2015 by The Director

A cartoon in Barron’s answers the interview question, “Where do you see yourself in ten years?”

QA Music: The World We’re In

December 7th, 2015 by The Director

“F*cked Up World” by the Pretty Reckless

Go out and improve it. Whether that’s to make it more or less I leave to you.

Someone Is Unclear On What “Manual” Means

December 4th, 2015 by The Director

Job posting for a Manual Test Engineer:

Job duties:

As our Manual Test Engineer, you’ll ensure that our customers have a great experience when they use DataRobot. You will do this by developing and executing comprehensive and robust software validation tests (both automated and manual); including large datasets, advanced features, custom options, heavy usage, etc. You will also manage an external testing team and testing plans to align with our current customer use cases. This is a great opportunity for you if you’re detail oriented and driven to provide excellence within every customer interaction.

It’s a great opportunity to work as a senior QA engineer or manager with an entry-level title and, perhaps, pay.

I Voted For Willcox

December 3rd, 2015 by The Director

I visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Web site almost daily, and whenever I clear my cookies and cache, the site prompts me to take a survey before I can access the content of an article.

One day, the intra-office rivalry at the marketing department or agency got a little intense as Willcox tried to prove he was the most popular person in the staff by holding a little popularity contest embedded in the polls.

By the end of the survey, even I was voting for Willcox.

Poor Masheika never stood a chance.

QA Music: A Tale of Boundary Analysis

October 26th, 2015 by The Director

Five Finger Death Punch, “Jekyll and Hyde”


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