Month: January 2018


Internal Branding is Important Too

As I spend more time in the QA world, I’m noticing that quality is a thread that weaves throughout a company. It’s more than just providing good software and a great user experience. It’s also about providing a great employee experience too. “Quality is Everyone’s Business” is a phrase I hear used often. It’s usually directed…
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What Types of Bugs Aren’t You Catching?

Every time I meet a new potential client, I ask this question: “What types of bugs aren’t you catching?” It’s never meant to be snarky. The point of the question is to make sure the client knows there’s a difference between the “what” of automated testing, and the “how”. The “what” is the thing being…
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Tripwire Automation

It’s possible to write too much test automation. I get that it’s cool and fun to come in and slam out code that does work for you so you don’t have to. Getting to learn new tech to get the job done is a great feeling. But, as with any code, each line that you write has…
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Case Study: 50% Speed-up in Test Suite Execution

A client had a bunch of Cucumber tests that ran from a Jenkins job. Running these took 90 minutes, even when spread across many nodes.   This was too long to get fast enough feedback, so it ran only a few times per day. And it wasn’t in sync with any developer check-ins either.  …
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