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No Code Web Development - Is No Code Coding devaluing Developers?

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 20/04/2021

No Code Web Development - Is No Code Coding devaluing Developers?

Way back when I was learning to use computers and write my first code, we interfaced with our computers via the command line and wrote our code in BASIC. I even remember saving my programs onto cassette tapes before my school upgraded to the much easier to use, 5-1/4” floppy disks.

This was before the concept of a mouse and long, long before the Graphical User Interface was a thing. It wasn’t quite the dark ages but if that’s the image you are conjuring up, you’re probably not far off! 

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Topics: Software Testing, Technology, User Acceptance Testing

Returning to the Office - Surprising Things that I Miss

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 6/04/2021

Returning to the Office - Surprising Things that I Miss

My normal weekend routine is to get up early and make a large coffee. Then I crawl back into bed with my iPad and start writing. In addition to this blog, I’m also working on two novels, so I rather enjoy the peace and quiet of weekend mornings to hammer out as many words as I can on my various projects. However, as a writer, I’m also an expert procrastinator (comes part and parcel with the job title) and my procrastination tool of choice this morning, was sleeping in late followed by a McDonalds!

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Topics: Software Testing, User Acceptance Testing, Returning to the office

The Pomodoro Technique - An Agile Way of Working

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 30/03/2021

The Pomodoro Technique - An Agile Way of Working

If you’re able to work from home, then you have probably been working from home for some time now. You probably have mastered a routine, have adjusted your work/life balance and are used to attending meetings in jogging bottoms and bedroom slippers!

But then, someone like me comes along and asks if you know what a ‘Pomodoro’ is and how it may help you improve your working day. The Pomodoro Technique is a very simple technique to learn, incredibly quick and easy to apply. All you need is a pencil, paper and a timer then you’re ready to go!

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Topics: Software Testing, Time Management, Agile Testing

Returning to the Office - do we really need to?

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 16/03/2021

Returning to the Office - do we really need to? 

Our guest writer, Renée Mineart explores how and where we work has changed. There has been a lot of discussion lately at work about returning to work or perhaps I should say returning to the office and considering the new lockdown exit plan announced recently, I imagine a lot of you are thinking about this as well.

In fact, the topic came up in a department-wide meeting this week and our Head of IT said something really interesting: “Work should be something we do, not somewhere we go.” I thought that defined work really rather well.
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Topics: Software Testing, Remote Working, Returning to the office

Alan Turing - The Father of the Modern Computer

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 23/02/2021

Continuing with the theme of legendary people in world of computer development, we have Renée Mineart back with a blog about Alan Turing. If you haven't read it yet, check out her blog on ‘Pioneering Coder Grace Hopper’.

Alan Turing - The Father of the Modern Computer

I’ve always wanted to write a piece about Alan Turing (1912-1954), another hero of mine in the development of computers and this seems the perfect month in which to do so.

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Topics: Software Testing, Workplace Diversity, Computer Programmers

For the Love of Problem Solving

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 16/02/2021

A special thanks to our guest writer, Renée Mineart for writing this blog article. 

Someone asked me recently what I enjoy most about being a Developer and Tester, and I thought what a great topic for a blog!

So, here we are…

For me, pretty much everything I do comes down to one of two motivations: either creating something new or solving a problem. Often, the thing I’m creating is designed to solve a problem, so most things really come down to solving problems, which is one of my passions in life.


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Topics: Software Testing, Problem Solving, Tech Roles

Pioneering Coder Grace Hopper - The Godmother of Modern Coding

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 10/02/2021

Today we welcome back our guest writer, Renée Mineart

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper (1906-1992) was one of the first computer programmers in the world and she is the reason why we write code today with words, not zeros and ones.

Hopper wasn’t just one of the first developers in the world, she was also the first hacker, computer technical author, tester and considered the ‘Godmother of COBOL’.

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Topics: Software Testing, Women in Tech, Computer Programmers

Women in IT - My Experience

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 28/01/2021

Today we welcome back our guest writer Renée Mineart with a new blog on Women in IT. 

Have you ever been in a meeting where others would constantly talk over you whenever you try and raise a point? Or had something you said been completely ignored by everyone else in the room? Do you struggle to be taken seriously by your teammates when proposing highly complex solutions?

If you experience any of these conditions on a regular basis, then you might be suffering from being a Woman in IT. Now, you might think this isn’t a real issue or is no longer a reality. Surely, we have, in the 21st century, moved beyond these outdated attitudes towards women. If you think this is no longer an issue in the workplace, then you should probably think again.

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Topics: Software Testing, Women in IT, Workplace Equality

Testing is not always Black & White

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 12/01/2021

We are pleased to have one of our blog writers Renée Mineart, returning with a new blog item ‘Testing is not always Black and White’. It’s a follow-up blog from last month’s piece Black Box Testing Techniques by Jane Kelly which we would recommend reading before proceeding.

The differences between Black Box and White Box testing are not always (…please forgive the pun!) as black and white as the title might suggest. That is to say, even though they are not the same, it’s not a case of one or the other. 

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Topics: Software Testing, Testing Techniques, Black Box Testing, White Box Testing

But, That's Impossible!

Posted by Renée Elizabeth Mineart on 8/12/2020

Today we welcome back our popular guest writer, Renée Mineart.

Impossible is one of my favourite words. I like the word because it has a literal meaning, and a figurative meaning that we use on a regular basis. The thing is, people often think they are using the literal meaning when actually they are using the figurative meaning!

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Topics: Software Testing, Remote Working

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