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'Tee-rific’ Steps to Creating a Test Automation Framework

Posted by Ryan Dudley on 10/08/2021

'Tee-rific’ Steps to Creating a Test Automation Framework

Hi, my name is Ryan Dudley and I’ve been working with nFocus now for nearly 8 years, starting my journey as an apprentice. Now I class myself as a budding Technical Tester, which is not an easy role. My day-to-day tasks at the moment consist primarily of manual testing, but at any given opportunity I like to be able to do automation. As there was no capacity for me to do this on my current project, I decided to do something within my own time and challenge myself to do something which I had not done before which was choosing a test automation framework and starting from scratch.

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Topics: Software Testing, test automation, Test Automation Frameworks

How to Set Up a Test Guild

Posted by Mark Didehvar on 27/07/2021

How to Set Up a Test Guild

Are you looking to continually mature your testing practice, stand out from other organisations and have fun building a community of like-minded members with shared interests?

If so, a Test Guild might be for you! Here's the guide of how to set up a test guild. 

So, what is it?

For those of you who have played games and have been part of a Guild, then I have no doubt that you immediately cast your mind to the benefits of a well-run guild. The concepts of a guild go way back, and for good reason!

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Topics: Software Testing, Test Teams, Test Maturity

Career in Software Testing - How Did You Get Started?

Posted by Tony Simms on 13/07/2021

Career in Software Testing - How Did You Get Started?

For me, it was a camping holiday and a guy in a field, hooked up to the internet… way back in 1995, but let me ask you…

How did you get into testing?

It’s a question I often ask new team members about their career in software testing. In the old days, many arrived in testing as a result of being a User Tester for new software that their company was rolling out. In more recent years, the answers have been much more focused around having trained in an IT discipline and then choosing to specialise in a test role.

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Topics: Software Testing, Test Teams, Tech Roles

Types of Software Testing - a Glossary

Posted by Jane Kelly on 29/06/2021

Types of Software Testing - a Glossary

It's amusing that software testing is a conversation starter or stopper at a party when you exchange details on what you do for a living during first greetings, depending upon whether you meet a fellow ‘techie’ or not! Software testing doesn't have to be daunting; it can be fun and interesting!

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Topics: Software Testing, Software Testing Techniques, Software Test Process

Improving Software Quality - Test Practice Cards

Posted by Tony Simms on 15/06/2021

Improving Software Quality - Test Practice Cards

Are you looking to mature the understanding of testing within your organisation, improve software quality or looking for an event for a remote team meeting?

If so, Test Practice Cards might hold the answer!

So, what are they?

Test Practice Cards are a set of digital or physical cards. Each card contains a succinct, pithy sentence with regards to a single aspect of testing. Together, the cards contain the essence of what ‘Good Test Practice’ looks like in your organisation.

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Topics: Software Testing, Test Tools, Software Testing Assessment

Why Web Accessibility is Important - 4 Reasons

Posted by The nFocus Team on 1/06/2021

Why Web Accessibility is Important - 4 Reasons

The internet is a vast, overwhelming universe of competing information in which your website must stand out among a trillion other websites all trying to stand out. That’s why it is essential to gain any advantage you can. You spend your hard-earned money on web design, on marketing, on ads and on improving your SEO but how much attention are you paying to simply making sure that everyone who wants to do business with you is able to do business with you?

The good news is that it’s very easy to do, so, here are 4 compelling reasons to make your website accessible to all: 

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Topics: Software Testing, Web Accessibility

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

Q&A with our Test Consultant - Ryan Dudley

Posted by Ryan Dudley on 13/04/2021

 

Q&A with our Test Consultant - Ryan Dudley

1. How long have you been working in testing?

I've been in testing now for 6 and a half years. I joined nFocus fresh out of college as an apprentice at the age of 18 and never looked back! I've been exposed to a wide range of testing approaches and technologies and I've been able to work on a variety of different projects all with their own challenges.

2. What is your favourite area of testing?

Automation Testing - I find it fascinating how you can automate a task, removing the need to check that piece of functionality manually. This then allows you to have a great regression pack to be run whenever you like, giving you confidence when you are heading into a new release.

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Topics: Software Testing, Test Teams, Agile 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

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