50+ mistakes of my software testing career
50+ mistakes of my software testing career
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50+ mistakes of my software testing career

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Completed on 2018-09-27

About the Book

An attempt to highlight the multiple mistakes I did as part of my software testing career so far. Twelve years is a reasonable sample size if you include the experiences of changing multiple jobs across domains, attending different workshops and conferences, co-founding a worldwide community for testers, attempting multiple initiatives and finally taking up this challenge of writing this book - Ajay Balamurugadas

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • L1: Trust is a double-edged sword
  • L2: Wasted time on test data generation
  • L3: Did not set expectations
  • L4: Believed the developer - unmasked password
  • L5: Surprise alerts at last minute
  • L6: Who tested the main use case?
  • L7: Proxy setup - Are you sure?
  • L8: When the unimportant became important
    • L9: Typecast as a UI tester
  • L10: When interests don’t match
    • L11: Interests matched and still…
  • L12: What happened when I shot down an idea
    • L13: Another perspective and I rebelled
  • L14: Intermittent issues and their investigation
  • L15: Email Etiquettes
  • L16: How well do we use the opportunities?
  • L17: Inconsistency heuristic at work
  • L18: Me and my overconfidence
    • L19: Release without my approval?
  • L20: Heuristic vs Oracle
    • L21: All it took was one remark
  • L22: Jack of multiple topics, master of none
    • L23: Customer facing feature - did not test
  • L24: Everyone is on leave
  • L25: Silly mistakes - huge impact
    • L26: Missed NLQ
  • L27: Stubborn towards automation and programming
    • L28: Lied to do a course
  • L29: Dropped ownership mid way
  • L30: It came down to 5000 INR
  • L31: I am your mentor :)
    • L32: Let us stop testing
  • L33: One man army
    • L34: Touch me not - tell me not
  • L35: My way or the highway
  • L36: Health? After testing
    • L37: Last minute pressure
  • L38: Missed backups
    • L39: If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail
  • L40: Gained the nickname - Spy
    • L41: Blind belief - no own research
  • L42: Under utilised the learning opportunities
    • L43: Narrow vision - missed understanding the business
  • L44: Did not focus on money
    • L45: When the cup overflowed
  • L46: Burned bridges
    • L47: Organize your portfolio
  • L48: Was I passing my work?
    • L49: Working to impress someone
  • L50: No career planning
    • L51: Some more mistakes
  • Had a solution to a burning problem at the office. It was just in my mind. Someone else acted on it, implemented and got the name
  • Lost the source code/originals for the books/presentations I did. When I wanted to update the original, create the next version - all I had were the pdf instead of the .doc or .pptx
  • Every Zappers bug hunting contest - I would promise myself to complete reading the 400 common software errors by Dr. Cem Kaner. For a long time, I did not complete that.
  • This has the list of mistakes I had noted down in my draft book - "50+ mistakes testers should avoid"
  • How do I feel after these mistakes?
  • Appendix I - List of mistakes

About the Author

Ajay Balamurugadas
Ajay Balamurugadas

Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is continuously re-inventing his testing methodology. He co-founded Weekend Testing - a worldwide movement for skilled testing, authored six small books under the theme "What If" downloadable at his blog http://EnjoyTesting.blogspot.com. His friends associate the terms - 'Change Agent, Idea Man, Motivational' to him. He tweets under @ajay184f and loves to have long conversations on software testing and life in general.

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