I’m as DIY as it gets, guys.

I’m a self-taught Software Tester for a small company in the book publishing industry. Like a lot of testers, I just kind of fell into it. I saw an opening for a remote job at a company where I knew I could get free books, had a flashback of my internship boss politely getting so fed up with my finding mistakes on his site when I was only a copy + paste monkey, and threw my hat in the ring. My first title was “QA Analyst” which meant nothing to me. QA – Quality Assurance, okay, I assure quality. Analyst – alright, I probably analyze some quality, cool.

Long story short, here I am three years later, QA Manager, and just as confused about what my title means, and what my job responsibility even is. It sounds like a cool fancy title, until you realize that I am the manager of a big fat team of me, and I’m pretty much left to my own devices in terms of how I want to test the sites.

Is this real life? I work at home… with my two puppy co-workers… I wear sweatpants all day, and I get to decide what my job responsibilities are? It sounds like a dream. I wish I was as lazy as everyone thinks I am, but I do want to do good at work, I want to excel in my career. That is where this blog comes in.

I’ve been doing my own research recently, initiating my own big projects, and gathering a lot of information on many software testing topics, most recently focused on test automation, but, not limited to automating. The problem is, all the notes and data and takeaways are hidden in my chicken scratch notebooks, or 5,000 bookmarked webpages, or just floating around in my mind. This is useful for no one, not even for me, so, here we are!

I want to be a good resource for other DIY testers out there, people who find themselves in this weird field and can’t remember how they ended up here. People who want to learn new things and stay on top of ideas and practices and processes common in the industry, but don’t necessarily have the time to wade through all the muck to get there.

Seriously guys, learn from my mistakes. It will make me feel much less crazy knowing I’m going through all the research and trial and errors for a reason.