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’ve 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’ve 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…”

Creating A Test Automation Portfolio Bonus Episode: NUnit testing of Restful Booker

OVERVIEW Languge: C# IDE: Visual Studio Code Source Code Management Tool: Github via Github Desktop Type of Tests: NUnit Website Tested: Restful Booker API and Restful Booker UI In this post, I want to continue to walk through my long-term goal of creating a test automation portfolio. This time it is a bonus section, becauseContinue reading “Creating A Test Automation Portfolio Bonus Episode: NUnit testing of Restful Booker”

Creating A Test Automation Portfolio Episode 2: RPA Testing

OVERVIEW Languge: VB.Net / UiPath proprietary language IDE: UiPath Studio Source Code Management Tool: Github via Github Desktop Type of Tests: UiPath Website Tested: My Local Gym In my last blog post, I outlined my goals for a test automation portfolio. In this post, I’d like to talk about how I’ve been doing with theContinue reading “Creating A Test Automation Portfolio Episode 2: RPA Testing”

Creating a Test Automation Portfolio Episode 1: Setting a Goal

If you are interested in hearing an audio version of this article, please check out this Racket. Not for the first time, I’d like to give my thanks to Angie Jones for her post “10 portfolio projects for aspiring test automation engineers“. Reading it made perfect sense to me, so much so that I wonderedContinue reading “Creating a Test Automation Portfolio Episode 1: Setting a Goal”

Risk is… in the eye of the beholder

Millions and millions of years ago, back when I was studying for my Law degree, I was surprised to learn that far from the truth being objective and fixed, it was a malleable thing. Mooting societies, where aspiring lawyers could pick a side to debate about a particular case, or topic, were popular. And theyContinue reading “Risk is… in the eye of the beholder”

Testing is like… an amazing secret

Something you can’t believe not everyone knows because its so. bloody. fantastic. It is the key that opens the door to financial independence, opportunity to work with like-minded people from all over the globe and a chance to be a part of delivering things which can affect millions of people. And we should cherish it.Continue reading “Testing is like… an amazing secret”