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

We learn a lot from our mistakes compared to our success. Do we have a list of the mistakes we have made so far? Are you sure that you are not repeating the mistakes? Think about it...

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

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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 multiple books available at bit.ly/booksaj and bit.ly/ajleanpub. 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. He is currently working at GSPANN Technologies, Inc. as Senior Director – QE. When not testing, he spends time with his wife and two children.

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

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