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
- 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
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