Tag Archives: Software testing

Do the obvious thing, excellently

1 Feb

So, I have just finished contract for a complex commissions system upgrade with Fuji Xerox, in Sydney and I thought I would share a thought or two.

When people talk of software testing, immediately most people think of Automation tools, like Selenium and Test Management tools like Quality Centre, which are of course great.

But what if you are working on a project that does not have those capabilities or budgets?


Well, you just have to be resourceful and do the best you can, with what you have, what’s interesting with contracting is you get to experience many different industries, locations and approaches to working.

What impressed me was while a lot of people think tools, one of the best tools as a tester as far as I can see, is Microsoft Excel

While exploring the many functions excel has to offer, while doing data analysis, I was impressed how much more it does and how non testers, namely business people I would not normally sit next to use it, its applications, redefining what you think its capabilities are.

Tools can only do so much


I’ve heard of how come actuary calculations take hours to compete and i also know the inventors of excel Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston in 1979 never cashed in on their idea

I remember reading of a call center that used HP Quality Center to manage their call center business and why not? It can be configured any way you like, all it takes is for someone to get the idea, and sometimes that’s all you need, Bear Grylls says all you need to survive is a good penknife and a water bottle, but that’s another story

Apparently, It comes in handy?


It occurred while I have been learning automation testing, there is so much more I can learn, with existing applications, while configuring style sheet on a word document for a test plan, I saw how more complicated Microsoft word in fact is and it’s important to know these functions and to be able to do them properly.

But it’s interesting how often having good excel skills gets overlooked, you never see ‘Excellent excel data analysis’ in a job description, but when you are preparing data for a complex system, having good Excel skills comes in handy, ‘Trez important’ as the French would say!

My life in software collaboration has begun

17 Nov

Meet my new MacBook

Hello people, this is my first post, first of many i will be making in the exciting world of crowdsourcing and collaboration software

One of interesting aspects of software testing is the network meeting’s, a few weeks ago i attended one such meet ups on Load testing by Scott Barber at the Google offices.

After the meeting, i got to chatting to the testing and i learnt a few things which i will share with you here.

1, One woman i met from Europe told me she did not think she stood much of a chance applying through sites like Seek.com.au, instead she would go knock on software companies doors, ask for the HR manager and physically give them her CV.
i did this once in Dublin and i got a job offer from it, the guy smoking a cigarette at the door was the boss and he was hugely impressed someone would go knocking on doors in the age of Information technology.

2, She told me if you apply for jobs the way everybody else applies for jobs, you are one of 200 people a recruitment person is viewing, you need to stand out from the crowd.
3, With the $$ cost of hiring, job hunters applying through sites like LinkedIn are preferred, on liked in it’s pretty clear how much experience you have, they can see who you know, groups you’re a part of, if you have a good reputation, it’s obvious.
After all the knocking on doors, the woman i met got a job through a person she met at a networking event, she told me she wouldn’t have stood a chance on seek.

4, Another woman i met told me she was getting Selenium Automation experience by volunteering for various Firefox (Mozilla) projects, she was using this tool with her MacBook

5, It seems, from what i can see it’s not really good enough to be ‘good enough’, you need to be a stand out from the crowd person

All of this, for me is very inspirational, and now i have purchased a MacBook to participate in the world of crowdsourcing and software collaboration, contributing to the lives of others, while developing my own skills in areas like Selenium Automation.

What appeals to me about writing about this is i am coming from knowing almost nothing, like when i went to buy the MacBook from the people at Microseconds, the main requirement was that i could install and use the Selenium Automation tool, not the easiest or helpful installation process devised by man.

But i did get to know Hugh from Wales, the helpful sales man, it was his first introduction to Selenium Automation, and i think he would rather leave it to me.

So people, this is the start and it’s going to continue and i will be recording my experiences, trials and tribulations with crowdsourcing and software collaboration projects

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