Bloggers Club: First day in a team

I’ve had many first days in a team since I started my testing career almost nine years ago. But it’s always been daunting and there’s a lot to take in.

New faces.

New names.

New context.

New project.

I’m often trying to gain my bearings and not necessarily looking to start testing on my very first day. (For getting started on a testing project, read this)

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Bloggers Club: The Importance of Exploratory Testing

Before we dive into the importance of Exploratory Testing, I would like to clear three things up.

Firstly, I align with this definition of Exploratory Testing, by Cem Kamer, it is an approach to software testing that consists of simultaneous learning, test design and test execution.

Secondly, I don’t think Exploratory Testing has to be a substitute for test cases, it can complement test cases. (It’s up to you, how or if you choose to combine both Exploratory Testing and Test cases when you test a feature)

Lastly, exploratory testing is not adhoc testing – adhoc testing is random, unstructured testing, exploratory testing forced you to think critically about the application under test. (For more about the difference go here.)

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Bloggers Club: Managing and Achieving Goals

In this blog post, I will focus primarily on the struggles I’ve faced in managing and achieving my goals, as well as what I’ve learned from it.

Less is better

When it comes to managing and achieving goals, I’ve found that less is better. Continue reading “Bloggers Club: Managing and Achieving Goals”

Bloggers Club: What’s the best career advice you’ve had?

When I was in university, I signed up to a mentoring program. Back then, I actually had no interest in pursuing a career in IT, I was actually a lot more interested in a career in management consulting – so this piece of advice can apply to all disciplines, in my opinion.

I spoke to the careers advisor at my university  about what I was thinking of doing in the future and she suggested a guy called Dan to be my mentor.

There’s one piece of advice that he gave me, that still sticks with me. Continue reading “Bloggers Club: What’s the best career advice you’ve had?”