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

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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

There will always be a job for you , if,

Stop sweating over whether <insert latest tech trend> will take your job away, rather focus on getting better @ Learning new tools and practices with curiosity Putting Team outcomes before individual outcomes Sharing your knowledge Improving your facilitation skills Improving your public speaking Learning to build persuasive¬† business cases Writing code every day Volunteering in … Continue reading There will always be a job for you , if,

Failure is good, it is an actual option, take it

  Since childhood (or the time when we were all artists) , we have been programmed to perceive failure as a non-viable option. Something that needs to be avoided , dreaded and is socially unacceptable "If you fail at <x> exam, you will end up being a failure in life" , constraints like this are … Continue reading Failure is good, it is an actual option, take it