Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The importance of QA

In software, before code changes are released, they are tested to ensure everything is correct and the changes didn't break anything. The general term for this is QA, Quality Assurance. Right before we move code to production at my job, even though we have fully tested the code, we do some last minute checks of the most important functionality to make sure everything looks good. We ALWAYS have different people look at the major functionality because sometimes you have looked at something so many times you miss obvious glaring defects. However humans make mistakes and that is how defects end up in products. And how websites go down.

I just received my 6th blogbook in the mail. Every time I feel like quitting blogging, I just walk over to my awesome shelf of blogbooks and I find myself re-motivated:

Blogbook01


Each year I get a little better and faster at formatting and publishing it to look exactly how I want it to look:

Blogbook02


But in my rush to get this completed before vacation, I didn't spend the time on QA that I should have. I'm almost too ashamed to post this picture publicly. QA FAIL.

Blogbook03



27 comments:

Beth said...

Oh man--I have SO been there on so many levels. (And I'm a "professional" editor!) It's only the spine, though. Nothing a little black sharpie can't fix! :-)

ElizabethEK said...

Ugh. That sucks. I agree with Beth, though, it could have been worse.... What are you going to do?

Carrie77 said...

Ohhhh! That would drive me crazy!! And, I know those hardbound books are not cheap, so a reprint is not always affordable. Boo! The cover looks fantastic!

Joanna said...

It's only on the spine? Beth must not keep her books on a book shelf where the only part of the book that shows is the spine.

Thank you so much for sharing this. It's nice to be reminded that we all make little mistakes.

Lindsay said...

Oh no! I'd have to order a new one so my shelf was still perfect. Argh.

Beth said...

Wow--you guys are perfectionists! LOL. Use a black sharpie and add and little humor to your shelf! :-)

Beth said...

And anyway, Joanna--I envision a display shelf on the wall where the books can be displayed with their covers. Spines, schmines. ;-)

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Congrats you are human. The blog book looks awesome, fith yr and all.
I still haven't gotten around to blog book 1 so in my opinion you ROCK.

Karen said...

I would reprint the word on a label and cover over the old word. I am pretty sure I would not want to pay for a reprint.

Caree said...

Oh well, it happens! Kinda funny in a way.

Michele said...

I started digital scrapbooking in this past year to keep up with things. Old school wasn't cutting it. But I HATE the QA part. It's so slow.

So I just got my last batch of printouts, and of course, there's capitalization erros and such because half the time I can't see what I'm typing.

I would stick a label over it.

JenFen said...

Yes, with all these comments you have to let us know what you decide to resolve it. Leave it, reprint, use the sharpie or label idea. I would be frustrated with the error but I doubt I would reprint. I have to say though the cover and pages you posted look gorgeous.

One of my goals this summer is to catch up on blog books. I have only printed the first one and need to do 2009 and 2010. If/when you have time, I have the basic directions you gave me but any tips/tricks you have found to help with formatting or cool new additions to their publishing, I would love to hear them. TIA.

Jen Murphy said...

It's alright. You were just spelling it phonetically.

Mel said...

I had to stare at that a little too long to see what was wrong haha!

Pam said...

Lovely! And so wonderful you've printed so many. I tried slurping my blog on Blurb to no avail & their customer service was no help. Which company did you use? Any tips?

Laura said...

I would love to know some tips and tricks to get my blog book looking treAt. I'm just about ready to send my first one off. Formatting tips would be appreciated. I looked around forever and finally decided on everything2print.com. I love reading your blog and seeing pictures.

Denise said...

Doesn't matter, the cover looks amazing! I didn't even know about blog books, this is awesome.

Sadia said...

Ah, QA buddy mine, these things happen. I say, tape over it with pretty scrapbook paper.

Kate said...

Error and all - I love this idea! I never have the patience for actual scrapbooking, but I love the digitized version. Brilliant!
I'm with Karen - skip the total reprint and print a label. Or, is it too late to design a dust cover?

Jill said...

It took me a minute to get it. I LOVE it! And I need to start making my first since we're at 4 1/2 years...

Stacey said...

I think Beth's black sharpie idea is the best because it's the funniest.

When I worked at a directory publisher we proofread a zillion times before sending our books to press. Every time we'd crack open a newly printed book I'd find a mistake on the first page I turned to. It was maddening.

Amy L said...

Oh no! I am always nervous that I will find an error when I open up a new photo book. What are you going to do?

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I think it's fun (it's like 5-year-olds write, right?) and shows you're human.

Stacey said...

This happens to me all the time and I am a former English major. Somehow I always feel worse because of that. Where the heck was the spell check?

Tanika Davis said...

If it's any consolation, it's certainly phonetic. :-)

Natalie Mikolajczak said...

So. Freaking. Awesome.

Rachel said...

Can I just be honest? That is SO awesome.