Why diversity matters (to me)

I had an interesting conversation with our Managing Director of the European Studios at a recent get together where our Malmö team got to meet our leadership team in real life, after a long time of only seeing people’s headers and shoulders (#notsponsored).

Our fairly brief conversation covered a range of topics but one thing I distinctly remember her mentioning was how important diversity is to her. This got me thinking.

Diversity matters to me too – and I’d like to share why this is.

I don’t want to go into why I think it’s a good idea, in theory, that companies have diverse teams or have diversity in their leadership, instead I want to share a bit of my personal experience.

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Choosing what not to write automated tests for

While it’s important to make sure your test automation has good coverage, I think it’s also important to know under which circumstances you should not write automated tests.

In my opinion, when it comes to test automation, more isn’t necessarily better.

More tests don’t necessarily result in better coverage.

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Getting started on a testing project (revisited)

A few years ago I wrote a post on getting started on a testing project. I’ve learned a few things since then and wanted to share an updated checklist for what new testers on a project need and some good starting questions when you, as a tester, are new on a project

Checklist for what new testers on a project need (Note, your project may not include all of the below)

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Step by step guide to becoming a technical tester

It seems to me that there’s an increasing demand to hire people who can write test automation, or at least are “technical testers”. For more on what this term means, check out this article on the Ministry of Testing.

For the purposes of this blog post, I’m going to say that “technical testing” means someone who can go and test beyond the UI (User Interface). This means they can probably do the following:

  • They can test against APIs
  • Look under the hood and see network requests
  • Understand code and what it does – maybe even write test automation

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Interview with Marie Drake

Marie Drake is a Quality Engineering Manager at Zoopla. Previously, she was a Principal Test Automation Engineer at News UK within the Product Platforms team where she was responsible for setting up the overall QA strategy and ensuring that they deliver a high quality product to end users. Part of her role is to also educate everyone about Software Testing and Test Automation so the responsibility of testing is shared across the team.

In the past, she has worked as a Test Automation Consultant having worked with different clients from different industries to help them speed up their testing cycles.

She is also a Cypress ambassador, an accessibility advocate and an online course instructor at Ministry of Testing and Test Automation University.

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The Economics of Software Testing: The Sunk Cost Fallacy

What is a sunk cost?

A cost that already has occurred and cannot be uncovered. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunk_cost


What is the sunk cost fallacy?

Individuals commit the sunk cost fallacy when they continue a behaviour or endeavour as a result of previously invested resources (time, money or effort) (Source: https://www.behavioraleconomics.com/resources/mini-encyclopedia-of-be/sunk-cost-fallacy/)

Put simply, if you are continuing to do something because of the resources you have ALREADY committed to it, then you have fallen for the sunk cost fallacy.

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Interview with Andreas Lindgren

Andreas Lindgren is a backend lead at Apptus Technologies, which provides AI-powered optimisation software for eCommerce companies. Prior to this he worked at a large consulting company on various projects ranging from large government projects to mobile apps.

He blogs at https://auo.nu/ and you can follow him on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/limebranch

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Do I prefer manual testing or test automation?

We had our weekly European tech team meeting today and the format was to be randomly assigned someone and then ask them questions about work or their project. We posed these questions to our partner in front of everyone else, and everyone else heard the answer.

I was randomly paired up with Joāo -who asked me if I prefer manual testing or test automation?

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Trying to get a spot in NZ’s MIQ System

If you’re a Kiwi/New Zealander who has been living overseas since the pandemic started, you’re probably familiar with this booking site, where you need to book your managed isolation spot before you are allowed in.

The thing is, it’s damn near impossible (I’m not exaggerating here), to get a spot.

Like many Kiwis, I’ve been waiting patiently for borders to open and have been dismayed by the slow vaccination rate (Currently roughly 15% of the population is fully vaccinated). I’m dismayed by this because I assume that the borders will stay closed until a large majority of the NZ population is vaccinated, but we won’t know for sure until later (the NZ prime minister has stated there isn’t a vaccination percentage goal that would allow the border to open).

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