Archive for August, 2019

Daily Goal for the Scrum Call

Thursday, August 29th, 2019 by The Director

I will not refer to the Quality Assurance Manager as a butter bars.
I will not refer to the Quality Assurance Manager as a butter bars.
I will not refer to the Quality Assurance Manager as a butter bars.
I will not refer to the Quality Assurance Manager as a butter bars.
I will not refer to the Quality Assurance Manager as a butter bars.
I will not refer to the Quality Assurance Manager as a butter bars.

Dammit, maybe tomorrow will be better.

QA Music: Music To Do Spreadsheets By

Monday, August 26th, 2019 by The Director

You know what’s better than spreadsheets? Spreadsheets exported from one system that you have to manually enter into another system, and the spreadsheets are continually updated in the middle of the worksheets where you’ve already manually typed out hundreds of rows.

Fortunately, there’s Five Finger Death Punch for tasks just like this.

Safe for remote work, but if you’re in an awfice, not so much. It is called “Burn MF” after all.

Effective Nonverbal Communication During Meetings: A Guide

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 by The Director

It’s not just what you say during meetings that matters; your non-verbal provide attendees with information as well.

This handy guide helps you to ensure that your gestures adequately convey what you’re thinking and/or saying.

Word for the Day: Vorführeffekt

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 by The Director

Vorführeffekt: The phenomenon that something which was previously not working correctly suddenly does work correctly when one tries to demonstrate the fault to others.

Undoubtedly, there is a word in the German for the opposite it works on my machine. If not, Google translate offers Esfunktioniertaufmeinermaschine.

QA Music: Welcome Home to Monday

Monday, August 19th, 2019 by The Director

If there’s ever been a song that really expresses the daily grind of QA, this is it.

Hellyeah, “Welcome Home”

The album of the same title won’t be available for another month.

Sadly, I just tipped my age: Old enough to buy music on physical media.

Because Sometimes The User Is Effen With You

Friday, August 16th, 2019 by The Director

Geeky license plate earns hacker $12,000 in parking tickets:

Droogie decided his new vanity plate should read “NULL.” While he did this mainly for the giggles, he told the audience that there was an ulterior motive, as reported by Mashable:

     “I was like, ‘I’m the shit,'” he joked to the crowd. “‘I’m gonna be invisible.’ Instead, I got all the tickets.”

Droogie’s hope was that the new plate would exploit California’s DMV ticketing system in a similar manner to the classic xkcd “Bobby Tables” cartoon. With any luck, the DMV’s ticket database would see “NULL” and consign any of his tickets to the void. Unfortunately, the exact opposite happened.

First, Droogie got a parking ticket, incurred for an actual parking infraction—so much for being invisible. Then, once a particular database of outstanding tickets had associated the license plate NULL with his address, it sent him every other ticket that lacked a real plate.

Agile too much tries to guess what the user will do and code to that.

You have to test what the user can do and log defects against that. And, quite likely, argue daily with the scrum master and others that these are really defects even if the acceptance criteria do not specifically include basic user bad behavior or negligence.


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