I am an overachiever. I've always set out to excel at things, and I'm not particularly ambitious or choosy about what those things are. Working the breakfast shift in a hotel kitchen was definitely not what my parents hoped for me when I got my degree in Environmental Earth Sciences - but in everyday ways,… Continue reading The Power of Small Goals
How I studied for the PSMI certification
Okay so I decided I'd like to do the Professional Scrum Master 1 assessment. I realised that I don't have any fancy letters to my name, no qualifications or certifications whatsoever that are anything to do with tech or testing. Not saying you need fancy letters to be good at a job, but sometimes it's… Continue reading How I studied for the PSMI certification
Compiling a Rock Ballad that Compiles
Okay that last post was a bit of a heavy topic, right? Goodness me! Too stressful, too stressful, I’m telling you - I got nothing done ALL WEEK from terror after posting that! XD You'll be glad to know I'm back on cheerier stuff - you may or may not have heard of the Rockstar… Continue reading Compiling a Rock Ballad that Compiles
Goodbye Testing Columns, Part 2: The Empire Strikes Back
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
Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby!
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.
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