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Adventures in QA: Chapter 6: Work-related Microaggressions

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So at work I am on a team where we have a lot of disciplines represented. There’s design and art and production and test and whatnot. It’s pretty cool. We are all considered experts in our field and the team works together because everyone brings their mad skillz to the table as it were.

Or so I thought. So, we’ve had a few issues with one of our tools lately and our investigations haven’t brought about any answers. We referred it to an engineer outside our team who gave us an explanation about it. Unfortunately, that explanation was wrong.

Quoth the designer when he was talking about how wrong what we had been told was:

“Even our testers know that that’s not how it works!”

Er, what?


Okay, so yes, I do know that the issue isn’t caused by the thing that the engineer thought it was. And I know that historically test isn’t the most revered discipline in tech development. But in the new world of interdisciplinary teams where everyone is supposed to be an expert, that was kind of a shitty (or at the very least insensitive) thing to say about someone who you have to work with on a daily basis.


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