Archive for December, 2015

QA Music – Aspiring to a Job in QA

Monday, December 28th, 2015 by The Director

Andrea Superstein, “I Want To Be Evil”:

QAsmas Carols Round-Up

Wednesday, 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?

Monday, December 21st, 2015 by The Director

Slipknot, “Psychosocial”:

Article, No; Content, Yes

Thursday, 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

Monday, December 14th, 2015 by The Director

Disturbed, “The Light”:

Mastering the Art of The Year-End Performance Review

Thursday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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.


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