Testing like Dr. House.

Reading Time: 5 minutesI had time to revisit the show House M.D. recently and while watching it I found out how much a tester has to learn from Dr. House. So I’ve picked up some of my favorite House-isms, that I believe are relevant for my career as a tester, and might be helpful in yours. “Casual cases are boooring”. I’m a strong fighter against the habits, the cliches, the unified approach of doing things in life in general. You probably recall how […]

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QAshido – The path of the tester. Virtue #7: “Trust no one” attitude.

Reading Time: 4 minutes  This is the last article of this topic and I really enjoyed writing these series, they did surprised me a lot some of the topics came in a different way, that I imagined. And of course these 7 points or virtues, as I first called them, are just my viewpoint, I don’t consider them to be right or I think it’s just that. I think it’s much more complicated than that, but I will let you figure it out […]

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QAshido – The path of the tester. Virtue #6: Puzzle solving mindset.

Reading Time: 4 minutesLink to QAshido – The path of the tester. Virtue #5: Attention to the detail. Testing as well as development has it’s part in problem solving and puzzle solving activities on daily basis. It will be naive to think that the devs only have that ability. Of course, we can not compare the job that a dev would do in creating an efficent and fast algorithm for operating big amounts of data or machine learning algorithm, but we testers need to do some puzzle […]

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QAshido – The path of the tester. Virtue #5: Attention to the detail.

Reading Time: 4 minutesLink to QAshido – The path of the tester. Virtue #4: Personal management skills.   We might claim with a good certainty that attention to detail is pure QA skill. It is what defines us as professionals and it is probably that testing buzzword you will see in almost every job application you open. So what’s attention to detail? Well for some this might be the most annoying job at all, it includes a lot of arguing, a lot of research, […]

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QAshido – The path of the tester. Virtue #4: Personal management skills.

Reading Time: 5 minutesLink to QAShido – The path of the tester. Virtue # 3 – Team management. Couple of words… I believe with this article we dive into one other aspect of professional development more oriented in the part “What should I have within me” instead of “what should I do to progress”. And it’s about passion, it’s about loving what you do, loving who you are and most of all being comfortable with all the above, only like this you are going […]

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QAShido – The path of the tester. Virtue # 3 – Team management.

Reading Time: 5 minutesLink to QAShido – The path of the tester. Virtue # 2 – Quality advocacy and negotiation skills. Why is team management important skill for the testers? I believe this is natural  sequel for the previous topic and again very vital skill in the QA’s skill set. And in order to put it straight, this post is not about how to managing people, I really don’t intend to try to replace my manager, nor my scrum master or whatever. To […]

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QAshido – The path of the tester. Virtue # 2 – Quality advocacy and negotiation skills.

Reading Time: 6 minutesLink to QAshido – The path of the tester. Virtue # 1 – Technical skills. Why are negotiation skills important? I don’t think it makes sense to put importance to the 7 groups of skills I mentioned, or as I called them virtues, they are all valuable, but I think being a good negotiator is one of the skills a good QA can not miss. Because soft skills and in specific negotitation skills are the thing that help us reach our goals […]

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QAshido – The path of the tester. Virtue # 1 – Technical skills.

Reading Time: 6 minutesLink to: QAshido – The path of the tester. Why technical skills are important? I think this is a pretty obvious one, that’s why I start from it, but I more often see testers believing or at least having a “good excuse” to pretend that technical skills and abilities are not essential for the job of quality assurance engineer. I won’t lie if I say I find this ridiculously wrong, we are working in the tech area and it’s near to […]

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QAshido – The path of the tester.

Reading Time: 3 minutesIntroduction. At first sight the title of this post might look a bit strange, but here is what’s the story. I really wanted to capture the skill set of a tester that I believe is the ultimate one, the one that causes the big “Wow” when people get to know you.And in first place it was an advice on what skills are needed if you want to get hired as a QA and have a successful career in the IT […]

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Testing is a mental process.

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt has been a while since I last had the time to sit and write a post here, so I guess I am now a bit rusty and hard to start, I have all these crazy ideas fighting in my head and it’s really hard to make them sit in their spot until their turn comes, or just until I have a clear vision of what’s it all about that I want to write for. I am already one year […]

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