VRT: A series of mistakes

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

Personal Development, One Year of Progress

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

Tracking off-board tasks… on a board

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

Building a team path for quality

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

Shaking up remote retros

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

A B C, V R T

So I did a talk at the South West Test meetup in Bristol last week (at the time of writing first draft, probably last year by the time I finish...) and someone asked afterwards if I could make it into a blog post. I was a bit like yeah sure, but also a bit like… Continue reading A B C, V R T