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Mobile learning… A revelation!

Mobile learning… A revelation!

As a parent, a Cub Scout leader, a husband and a person who values downtime as much as the next person, I’ve found it very difficult over the years to read books and cover topics that interest me. I find reading books tough going anyway, and am certainly not the kind of person who can read a book and digest all the knowledge in one go! As a result, I’ve felt slightly disadvantaged in conversations with peers who quote books,…

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Cambridge Lean Coffee – 20/01/2016 – All about the automation…

Cambridge Lean Coffee – 20/01/2016 – All about the automation…

Lean coffee this month was hosted by Towers Watson. Our group today had a mix 50/50 of testers and developers which made for an automation bias in the topics which made for an interesting change of discussions. Why do we need to employ testers? (when we have good test automation)…. very common question from non-testers. The question framed from the query about at which point do you add testers to a team/company when your developers have or are planning to have solid…

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Agile Testing Days 2015 – New focus

Agile Testing Days 2015 – New focus

I wrote this as a preamble to the conference blog posts, but for some reason I’m adding it last! I’ve attended this conference since 2012, but this year my testing world looks very different which has affected my focus for this conference. Moving from a very forward looking Agile world into one that is still pretty content with V-model and strict processes (which is understandable due to the environments and hardware constraints) has been a difficult one but one with a…

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Cambridge Lean Coffee – May 2015

Cambridge Lean Coffee – May 2015

Held at Redgate Software on the 27th May with 10 people attending This isn’t a write up about the discussions we had, but we decided that it would be cool to list topics that were discussed/on the backlog. We talked about How sacrosanct do you treat exploratory testing Developer/QA pairings Time estimates – tips & tricks Generalise or Specialise? What did you last learn about testing? Left on the backlog What (if any) conferences do you recommend? How far do you go…

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Cambridge Lean Coffee – April 2015

Cambridge Lean Coffee – April 2015

Held at DisplayLink on the 29th April – there were a whopping 18 people in attendance! This isn’t a write up about the discussions we had, but we decided that it would be cool to list topics that were discussed/on the backlog. We talked about Regression testing – what to cut? Test strategies – what real value have you found in them? How do you make sure testing takes place early enough in a sprint? Left on the backlog Scrum…

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TestBash 2015 – Sun, Sea and Test

TestBash 2015 – Sun, Sea and Test

March, Brighton and Testers can mean only one thing… TestBash is back! TestBash 2015 was the second one I’ve attended and this year did not disappoint, in fact I found it better than last year. But first, one of the reasons I was at TestBash this year was to run the Lean Coffee pre-conference event. Following the same last year, Rosie obviously deemed it not to be a total disaster and let me do it again! This year, however, I…

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Testing: An Obvious Career Choice

Testing: An Obvious Career Choice

Back in June, I read with much interest the article by  John Stevenson which discussed career progression for testers. This really struck a chord at the time (and still does) because we have just started wrestling with this issue in my current company. Following some worries around employee engagement, myself (head of test engineering) and the rest of the functional head team (software engineering, project management, technical authoring, user experience) set about talking to each and every one of the people within…

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