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12
Feb 15

Can You Give Me A Login?

P1000811-1QA folk are protective of their logins, and rightly so. We create users to test with, and expect their accounts to be in the state we left them in. It’s not convenience… it’s essential.

But Devs will ask you for a login to this server, or that server. So send them the link to the wiki page that describes how they can create their own logins, and even walk them through it if need be.

But if they still come asking for a login, try creating, and sending them a login with the username “lazydevs”. Problem solved :)

Sometimes the passive-aggressive solution is the right solution.


24
Sep 14

It’s Funny ‘Cause It’s True

n-HELLO-MR-large570A QA Engineer walks into a bar. Orders a beer. Orders 0 beers. Orders 999999999 beers. Orders a lizard. Orders -1 beers. Orders a sfdeljkn.


09
Jul 14

How To Do Something In An Agile Fashion

03-cat-jumping-lgnDave Thomas (PragDave) has an interesting post regarding the use of the word “Agile”. In it, he argues against the use of “agile” as a noun, preferring using “agility”… fair enough… but like the context driven folks, who would have us use the phrase “automated checks” instead of “automated tests”, I don’t really care. The argument itself may be interesting, but semantic change is a bitch; good luck!

But he also talks about “How to do something in an agile fashion”… which I found most intriguing:

What to do:
• Find out where you are
• Take a small step towards your goal
• Adjust your understanding based on what you learned
• Repeat

How to do it:
When faced with two of more alternatives that deliver roughly the same value, take the path that makes future change easier.

I love the simplicity of this. Additionally, he also states:
“…anyone who comes up with something bigger or more complex is just trying to sell you something.”

Nice work, sir… and for that, I changed my tagline to aid your cause :)


01
Jan 14

Shmappy Moo Fare!

101_2066[1]I only have a few traditions with the new year. One is saying “Shmappy Moo Fare”, which is how one says “Happy New Year” in drunk. The other I picked up (among other things) when I lived in Nashville. In the south, it’s considered good luck to eat black eyed peas on New Years Day.

I recall NOT eating black eyed peas in 2013… rather, I made a split pea soup and hoped that’d cover me. Split peas, black eyed peas… what’s the difference. The soup came out okay and that’s exactly how I’d categorize 2013: “meh”.

This year, I resolved to make a soup with dried/soaked black eyed peas and the whole shebang. The hope being, that it would turn out great, and in turn, prophesise a great 2014.

Long story only slightly longer… the soup was fabulous.

Shmappy Moo Fare to all!