QA & Testing

I’ve been working for Lucid for almost four years as a senior QA specialist, and there is one thing that I look forward to every year: the Hackathon. All members of our R&D teams, which includes designers, engineers, QA specialists, product managers, and analysts, set aside their usual work and…

I’ve seen code that I have written go out to production before. This time it was an event that I had carefully orchestrated with the ops on-call team, mostly because of the magnitude of the change. We had rehearsed the change in our preproduction environment and the actual change itself…

After twenty years in the software testing industry, I can say for certain that it is an interesting and diverse field. I’ve tested marine cargo terminal planning software, containership cargo load planning software, video games, and 3D modeling and animation software. I’ve been directing testing efforts at Lucid for over…

At Lucid we pride ourselves in being on the cutting edge of E2E automation, and our automation engineers have compiled some different ways Selenium clicks fail and how to address each challenge.

Working with Anxiety: From Personal Weakness to Career Strength thumbnail

If asked to describe yourself in a few phrases, which ones would you pick? In social situations, I might say, “I like music, and I like volleyball.” In professional situations, I might say, “I have a bachelor’s degree, and I’ve worked for five years as a Quality Assurance Specialist.” But,…

QA: How to become a team hero and not a team villain thumbnail

Let’s face it: Sometimes being a tester can feel like being the bad guy. Much of your time consists of telling people when something hasn’t worked or when something needs improvement. When you’re the one consistently bringing up flaws, “staying positive” doesn’t always seem to fit the job description. But…

How QA Transitioned from Biweekly to Weekly Releases thumbnail

I imagine it went down something like this: the VP of Engineering, director of QA, and some key engineers at Lucid were hanging out in a Star Wars-themed conference room one day when someone said: “Hey, we keep developing really cool features for our users. We should release every week…

Why Puppeteer is Better than Selenium thumbnail

At the start of this year, we could only write end-to-end tests using Selenium in Scala here at Lucid. This was just fine for the developers here who mostly write in Scala. The problem was that learning Scala and Selenium was a high bar of entry for developers to just…

Lucid’s Experience with Crowdsourced Testing thumbnail

Lucid realized that crowdsourced testing could be helpful in our transition towards a more automated testing process. As a result, Lucid introduced Rainforest QA, a crowdsourced testing service, into our testing process last year. We now have over 200 active tests in our suite, which has freed up quality resources…