So if you've been following my blog for a while, you probably know a bit about my first crack at test automation - the Visual Regression Tests. These take screenshots of our products and then run pixel comparisons after a change is deployed to check if code changes have resulted in unwanted visual changes. It… Continue reading VRT: A series of mistakes
I began my journey as a software tester in April 2018, and six months later in October 2018 I decided to make myself a Personal Development Plan since my workplace didn't have one for me. It's been a year since then, so I'm having a look back at the last twelve months to see what… Continue reading Personal Development, One Year of Progress
My mum always, always commented on how I hated change growing up. When I started secondary school I was miserable for six months. Same for college, and for university. For each of my new jobs, I would come home crying that I hated it and everyone hated me and thought me terribly pretentious and aloof… Continue reading Skills for driving change
So I'm a bit of a higgledy piggledy person in general, a messy storm of ideas. Don't get me wrong, I can be Rand Al Thor with his flame in the void, focussing on one task or feeling until it's done. But just like Rand Al Thor, I have a tendency to take on too… Continue reading Concentrate.
I think it's a common theme for me (and for many other testers) to feel that you have so many strands of work going on at the same time that there aren't enough hours in the day to remember everything you need to do, never mind getting round to actually doing it. When I first… Continue reading Tracking off-board tasks… on a board
So I've been doing a lot of exercises and reading around leadership - not to become a team lead or change roles or whatever, but because I want to be a good advisor, mentor and advocate for quality in my company. I started with The Leadership Journey by Jim Holmes, mainly because he offered TestBash-goers… Continue reading Building a team path for quality
They put me in charge of a team retro, the fools. I didn't realise until recently that the remote-first way of working can be pretty unusual even in the dev industry - I've never done an in-person stand-up, kick off or retrospective, and so it's not at all unusual in my mind to do these… Continue reading Shaking up remote retros