When you work in the field of QA testing, you’re inevitably going to encounter folks who don’t respect the idea 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 can be collaborative, and working with a developer that respects QA is amazing. However, the most common role that perceives QA negatively 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, 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 →