When you work in the field of QA testing, you’re inevitably going to encounter folks with negative perceptions of QA. While this can happen frequently, there are ways to work around it. If you can determine when to persist through the noise and when to push back, you’ll be able to accommodate whatever is thrown your way.
The overall QA and developer relationship should be collaborative. Working with a developer that respects QA can be amazing! However, the most common role that has negative perceptions of QA tends to be engineers. It’s helpful to keep in mind that this isn’t always the engineer’s fault.
Some QA testers can be condescending in their manner of reporting bugs. They might treat it as if it’s a personal critique on the developer’s self-worth. Naturally, if a developer feels that they are being personally criticized, they may react defensively. (Learn more about how to collaborate with developers in our guide to the QA and developer relationship.) Continue reading →