Should your Team have a dedicated Scrum Master or Agile coach?

Temporarily - yes Dedicated to your Team full time, as a permanent role - respectfully, no From my agile practitioner experience, I believe there are 2 reasons for not having a dedicated full time Scrum Master or an Agile coach on your cross-functional squad/Team Coaching needs are inherently impermanent . For example, A Senior Team … Continue reading Should your Team have a dedicated Scrum Master or Agile coach?

Starter pack on Penetration/Security Testing for newbies

As an experienced Tester, recently I have been endeavouring to grow my Penetration & Security Testing skills. As with any new skill-set the journey can get overwhelming very quickly , because of the vast number of concepts, new terminologies, lack of dedicated mentorship and research sources . Based on my learning and explorations over the … Continue reading Starter pack on Penetration/Security Testing for newbies

Organisational QA/Testing smells

https://tenor.com/search/the-rock-smell-gifs On the lines of "Code smells" , QA/Testing related smells in my experience, fall into these 4 broad categories (of root cause(s)) Apathy - Disregard for Testing as a function/craftHubris - Talent or position driven blindspots that lead towards flawed decision makingIgnorance - No one has shown them how to do better or Team … Continue reading Organisational QA/Testing smells

Quick starter – Web automation using Playwright

Playwright is a (relatively) new kid on the block, joining several others kids already on the block, that are the JavaScript based automation frameworks. I learnt about it from a mention on Twitter and thought to give it a whirl. This post is purely meant to be a sketchy guide on getting started with it … Continue reading Quick starter – Web automation using Playwright

Lessons learnt from a POC to automate Salesforce Lightning UI

My recent client work has been on testing a migration(data & business processes) to Salesforce CRM platform. As part of Test execution, I took the initiative to build a POC to exercise automation of Salesforce both by interacting with the Lightning UI and the APEX Salesforce API interface. This post is to share the hurdles … Continue reading Lessons learnt from a POC to automate Salesforce Lightning UI

Pen Testing reconnaissance 101 : Using NMap,Tor and ProxyChains

Learning objective : How can you perform reconnaissance on a remote target to check which ports are unsecured for possible exposure to network attacks? Step 1: Create or choose an off the shelf Network Port scanner. Based on my research and talking to more experienced peers in this space, I choose Nmap ( https://nmap.org/) , … Continue reading Pen Testing reconnaissance 101 : Using NMap,Tor and ProxyChains

Reflection :: The toll of Leadership and an year of being self employed

I have been very fortunate to be in leadership roles for 8 years now, ranging from Team Leadership, mentoring, to leading a practice (business line) of extremely competent Testers. It has been in the top 3 fulfilling experiences of my professional & persona l life. Seeing individuals succeed with (some of) your assistance, advise and … Continue reading Reflection :: The toll of Leadership and an year of being self employed