Testing Pearls Of Wisdom

As you may or may not be aware, I’m currently half way through helping to deliver a software testing bootcamp. This involves me working as part of a team of instructors (who are all working testers) to give sessions on various topics to those wishing to pursue a career in software testing. I’m enjoying theContinue reading “Testing Pearls Of Wisdom”

How RuPaul’s Drag Race Has Taught Me to Be a Better Tester – and Why You Should Watch it too!

OK. So I have only just discovered that the new season of reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race will air on Netflix Saturday 2nd Jan 2021 in the UK. I cannot tell you how ludicrously excited I am by this news. ūü•≥ If you’re not familiar with the show, it is a competition with aContinue reading “How RuPaul’s Drag Race Has Taught Me to Be a Better Tester – and Why You Should Watch it too!”

Creating A Test Automation Portfolio Bonus Edition: Codeless UI automation using TestProject

I recently completed a marathon project to create 5 working test automation frameworks from scratch, which form a Test Automation Portfolio.  This article is a bonus edition of that portfolio, where I use TestProject to create the same tests in an earlier framework using their codeless solution. (hint: it was insanely easy). TLDR: You shouldContinue reading “Creating A Test Automation Portfolio Bonus Edition: Codeless UI automation using TestProject”

Creating A Test Automation Portfolio Episode 5: UI Web Browser testing using Cypress

OVERVIEW Languge: JavaScript IDE: VSCode Runner: Cypress Runner, called from NPM Source Code Management Tool:¬†Github via Github Desktop Type of Tests: UI / Web browser automation Websites Tested:¬†Opencart and todomvc Intro This blog continues my journey of¬†creating a test automation portfolio, which I started back in at the start of August (aka that time whenContinue reading “Creating A Test Automation Portfolio Episode 5: UI Web Browser testing using Cypress”

Creating A Test Automation Portfolio Episode 4: API testing for Restful Booker using Postman

OVERVIEW Languge: JavaScript IDE: Postman Desktop Source Code Management Tool: Github via Github Desktop Type of Tests: API Website Tested: Restful Booker Intro This blog continues my journey of creating a test automation portfolio, which has been ongoing for a few months now. Although I’ve covered API testing in an earlier post, I wanted to includeContinue reading “Creating A Test Automation Portfolio Episode 4: API testing for Restful Booker using Postman”

How can we help you develop your career in the next 12 months?

If you were asked this by your boss, do you know what you would say? Its a question that’s been posed to me this week, and I’ll admit I’ve been a bit stumped by it. When jobs seem scarce on the ground at times, just keeping hold of mine has felt like enough. But I’mContinue reading “How can we help you develop your career in the next 12 months?”

The Best Career Advice I‚Äôve Ever Had

Is this:- Google it. And I’m only half kidding here. I hit my teens in the mid 90’s. This means I grew up using actual libraries, and “finding things out the hard way”. And it was largely really time consuming, incredibly frustrating and often inaccurate. Like most kids I was really into music, and usedContinue reading “The Best Career Advice I‚Äôve Ever Had”

Creating A Test Automation Portfolio Episode 3: Taiko, Gauge and JavaScript

OVERVIEW Languge: JavaScript IDE: Visual Studio Code Source Code Management Tool:¬†Github via Github Desktop Type of Tests: Taiko, Gauge UI and API level automation Website Tested: Various including The-Internet, Gauge.org Intro This episode is a brief one, all about my continuing odyssey of creating a test automation portfolio. This time, I’m following the advice theContinue reading “Creating A Test Automation Portfolio Episode 3: Taiko, Gauge and JavaScript”

Not getting opportunities you should be? Try a Reputation Audit

For a major upcoming talk in October, I’ve been thinking about how successful testers seem to carve out their own futures. In my twelve years of experience in this industry, I’ve worked with many people over the years who on the face of it seem to be… jammy. They just never seem to struggle toContinue reading “Not getting opportunities you should be? Try a Reputation Audit”

I Wish I Knew More About…

Everything! As a tester, I sometimes feel bombarded with the sheer amount of stuff I’m “supposed” to have mastered. In one article I read recently, at least 15 different technologies, toolsets, areas of tech etc. were mentioned that testers “need to know”. Whilst to some that probably seemed like a great challenge, to me itContinue reading “I Wish I Knew More About…”