Dishonest Performance Metrics

Dishonesty in metrics occurs where Team metrics have ambiguous goals, are used to achieve ends other than what they were introduced for, are arbitrarily applied or can not be traced to business outcomes/personnel growth Dishonest metrics arouse frustration, instil fear or even worse, perpetuate dishonesty in staff ( e.g. when people start to game the … Continue reading Dishonest Performance Metrics

Looking for adaptability while hiring Project Leaders

"Agile/Lean" ways of working are fast becoming the norm in enterprises (especially software) , but you still see emphasis on "control, predict and linear plan" style of project management. Project management mechanics are important and no denying that delivering in sprints is not a guise to not plan at all ,however,I have observed a lot … Continue reading Looking for adaptability while hiring Project Leaders

Root patterns of organisational silos

The single most influential factor that dedicates if organisations succeed at their goals, is the ability of their business units/Teams to work together in alignment towards those goals I have learnt that behaviours that bring misalignment, e.g siloed behaviours (defensiveness, back stabbing, closed attitudes towards new ideas ,ambiguity on accountability) are symptoms of something systemic … Continue reading Root patterns of organisational silos

If you just had 1 Testing question to hire/reject a QA candidate

It is unfair to judge a candidate through just one challenge or exercise, but image that you are in a (non-violent & harmonious) Squid Game situation and as the hiring manager you were only allowed one Testing challenge to pose to the candidate , what would that be and why? Something that is related to … Continue reading If you just had 1 Testing question to hire/reject a QA candidate

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