Mike, an experienced Quality Assurance Engineer, did not take the traditional route to becoming a software engineer - he has multiple degrees in the entertainment field; an Associate Degree in Multimedia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Entertainment.  Mike has a passion for teaching and was an adjunct instructor for ITT Technical Institute teaching students effective methods of utilizing 3D Max, Unity3D, and UnrealEngine3. Prior work experience has lead Mike to become familiar with many aspects of QA, ranging from design review to manual and automated testing and test tracking. He would say manual testing, test tracking, and issue tracking would be his areas of specialization and why he chose QA as a career over 3D animation. One of his greatest accomplishments was being asked to learn HP Quality Center to instruct peers and colleagues how to have a better understanding of what the customer needs and how to better assist customers with QA related issues. For fun he enjoys hiking at Mt. Rainier, playing drums, teaching himself JavaScript to build game prototypes and dabbling in photography.  He also likes helping friends in the arts, he assisted a friend complete a film project in 50 hours for a local film competition.

Deciding to Write a Wrapper

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October 10, 2017 / No Comment

Two things happened around the time I finished up writing a wrapper for Microsoft’s UITestControl class: I wondered if I should do the same thing for a web testing technology like Selenium, and I discovered that at least some discussions exist on if wrappers could be considered an antipattern. As I began to investigate writing a wrapper for Selenium, and […]
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AUTHOR: CATEGORY: DevOps, Test

The Feasibility of Test Automation

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May 26, 2017 / No Comment

With proper tools, technical approaches, and processes, automated testing improves software quality, time to market, and reduces overall costs. Starting early in the development process and maintaining a pragmatic approach will maximize chances of success. However, there is no “one size fits all” approach; proper approaches vary based on team resources and project needs. The correct approach will result in […]
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Scrum – from a QA Perspective – Part 2

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December 16, 2015 / No Comment

In a previous blog I talked about the benefits of being part of a scrum development team in a QA role. I also mentioned some of the pitfalls and bad habits I noticed were easy to fall into.
There’s another problem, though; one originating from outside the team. That problem is one of expectations, adherence (or lack of adherence) to […]
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Scrum – from a QA Perspective

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August 6, 2015 / No Comment

I work QA but am not solely on a QA team; I am a member of a Scrum team. Like the other members, this means I am a part of the development team, I just happen to specialize in QA practices. This is the first position at which I feel like I have the capability to truly fulfill the role […]
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