A Manager that was not a tester did not see the value of test tools such as a spreadsheet connection to the Test Management Tool (Quality Center). Entire contract staff laid off when they had openings in other departments.
The hardest part of the job was to use a spreadsheet to do the job of more substantial test tools (such as WinRunner and Quick Test Pro).
The most enjoyable part was discovering new ways to parse complicated data protocols (such as XML and EDI) using only a spreadsheet.
Mu co-workers were an outstanding team and worked well together as a team effort.
I learned to use a spreadsheet to parse complex XML and EDI protocols, creating expected results for the test cases.