Quality Assurance – the activity of checking goods or services to make sure that they are good. It is an activity to check whether the actual results match the expected results and to ensure that the product is defect free. If I only describe against software development perspective, it is an equal influential topic side by side with ‘Front End’, ‘Back End’, UI/UX Designing and so on. It is needed to enable success, to attain the excellence required to go to that new, next level of management. Over a year, ‘Mozilla QA Bangladesh’ community has prominent to other communities around the world by watching bugs coming to different components and by helping Firefox Engineers to get them into shape. Thanks to Hossain Al Ikram to take such initiative to base its popularity among undergraduate students in Bangladesh.

A year earlier, we were all Rookies!! We don’t even know the terms such as ‘Test Cases’, ‘Manual Testing’, ‘Automation Testing’ and so on we haven’t met yet. Bit-by-bit we learn how to file bugs, verify bug files, do test cases, about bug life cycle. We also came to learn about some of the first-rate features which makes the usability of Firefox browser so comfortable. And through so many contributions, our community got bigger. On this ONE year, I met with many dedicated and enthusiast people who want to help pushing Firefox and Open Web forward. This past year, Community arranged a great number of events on various universities to teach and aware about Firefox QE. But the last event was a special kind for the contributors who engaged with Mozilla QA from the beginning.

You might wonder what ‘Bugathon’ or ‘Bug Marathon’ means? From my point of view, it’s a get-together for QA enthusiasts and contributors to meet each other in person, learn new tricks, acknowledge with past and upcoming activities and sharing some recommended faces as a recognition of their recent hard work. The event was held for two days at Independent University Bangladesh(IUB).

Day-1:

The first day of the event starts 20th May 2016 at IUB auditorium. Day 1 was all about learning previous and new tricks. Hossain Al Ikram starts the introductory part by welcoming all participants and contributors. Then one-by-one, mentors of Mozilla QA Bangladesh presented topics like how to open a new profile, how to do test cases, Firefox release channels, Bug Life cycle, Bugzilla and BTS, Build downloading, importance of creating new profiles for testing and finally talked about Bugs. As a mentor, I described various Firefox channels, their development time period and purposes of those channels. After all the sessions, participants and contributors got a clear knowledge about all of it. They got a clear concept about STR, AR and ER. And also about reproducing bugs on nightly, on other Firefox channels and in competing browser before filing a bug. More effective part was active contributors and mentors showed verification by reproducing on reported and latest builds. And then Day 1 ended with a group photo.

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During my presentation, one of the contributor Saddam Hossain videoed it. I couldn’t help myself sharing here. 🙂

Day-2:

Second day begins with cyclone ‘Roanu’, but it didn’t stop all participants to attend the event. Day begins with a community call with Mike Hoye, the engineering community manager of Firefox. He was very pleased to see a bunch of anxious participators who want to help Firefox browser better. Mike Hoye thanked the community for such a dedication. Also he told a sneak peak about the new program called ‘Test Pilot’ and invite to give feedback on three new features.

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After that, a detailed description of Bugzilla like user story, attachments, QA whiteboard were presented. Also showed the value of target milestone, tracking flags, description of components, version and platform. After the end of all sessions, it was time of recognition and fun session!
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Second Day was fully focused on recognition of contributors who contributed on past months. I have seen the joyous reactions of contributors when they recognized with swags. The lines of swag will always be inspirational among contributors. It says like this:
“This isn’t your average piece of company gear. Just like us, it’s different by design. It says that you support our efforts to put the power of the Web in people’s hands and shape it for the good of users everywhere. Wear it, use it or display it proudly”

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Everyone had their moments with photo-frame

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selfies with their buddies
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‘Bug Marathon Dhaka’ truly a special kind of event for QA contributors. Continuous community calls were arranged before the event to make it more successful and effective.

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Meraj Kazi and Asif Mahmud Shuvo really showed their effort by making photo-frame and placards.

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Rezaul Huque Nayeem, Raahim UL Islam Rift, Ehsanul Hassan, Towkir Ahmed – these guys committed their full support on logistics and designing.
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So I thanked the organization team for their tough grind to make it a memorable days. And by default, special thanks to Hossain Al Ikram for making this event fruitful.

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