Career Paths and Generational Gaps

Approximately three months ago I made the decision that I wanted to change jobs. I was choosing to leave my job for a variety of reasons, that I'll get to later, but this decision revealed to me how different career paths are for those entering the full time workforce now vs the time when our parents would have. I mentioned to my mom in mid-August that I was looking for a new job. Her response to me was, "I swear you're going to be the death of me child." I had no idea what she was talking about.

Over the course of my search as I reached out in the community to find opportunities, applied to different jobs, and eventually interviewed at different companies I had conversations with my mom that lead me to one very important realization; my generation doesn't view career paths as a linear, vertical trajectory. When my mom got her first full time job, she planned to stay there for as long as possible and work her way up. That was the only way she saw it. She saw chan…

The Importance of Community

Community. It's a wonderful thing. In technical terms it generally refers to a unified group of individuals. Most often used to refer to a collection of homes in a given area it can also refer to any group that considers themselves unified by anything.

When looked at as a unified group it's pretty easy to see that your life is made up of communities. The area you live, your group of friends, your sports team, all of the fans of your favourite sports team and yourself, there are many communities you may belong to. The chances are, if you're reading the blog anyways, you're also part of the tech community. Additionally, you may also identify as part of the developer community, or the tester community, or both, or any other faction of the tech sector. The bottom line is that this is one of your communities. It wasn't until a year ago that I started to fully explore the depth that this community can have and I am now here to explain why I feel it is so important to be …

Don't Take It Personally - Round One

After a multi-month hiatus from posting I am finally back with some very exciting things to share. After my last blog post, "It's Not Personal", I had an idea. I attended my first ever conference, Targeting Quality, in September of last year (September, 2017). I LOVED it. I attended talks that taught me about new skills, new ideas, and a lot about myself. I decided I wanted to try and go to more... which is when my mentor, and great friend, told me that the best way to go to conferences was to speak at them. So, after writing my last blog post and realising how passionate I was on the topic, how much I had learned on the topic already, and how much others could likely benefit from my experiences I decided to write a proposal. This is where I remind everyone that I am by no means an expert at this. It is just something I am passionate about and have spent a great deal of time researching and working on.

Now, I won't go into all of the details of the experience of appl…

It's Not Personal

It's not personal. I'm sure everyone has heard that said to them at one time or another throughout their lives, in this post I'm going to discuss what this means to me in testing from two perspectives: not catching every bug and not making found bugs personal.

Every time that a bug is found that was introduced by something you helped to test it is hard to not blame yourself for letting it slip through. It's hard to reason with why that isn't your fault and what you could have done differently to find it. The only way to get through those situations is, you guessed it, don't take it personally! Now, don't think that I am some expert at this. In fact, I struggle with this every single day. I still have to give myself pep talks every once in a while to remind myself not to take it personally and to just keep moving forward. 
There is no way to find every bug. That just is not possible, no matter how good you are, no matter how good your team is, something will…

Why Is Testing Important?

This question is one that you may be asked by people hearing about your job for the first time, by people who work in a company where they don't do testing or simply by people who are naive to the benefits of testing currently. So, why is testing important? This question is likely to put you on the defensive very quickly if you care about your job and the work you do so it's important to think about this question before it gets asked. In this post I will discuss why I feel testing is important and the different points I like to make when asked this question.

In May of 2017 I was at a talk given by Mike Lyles. He hit on this point in an interesting way that really stuck with me. Mike explained that when people ask you what the value that testing brings is you don't automatically discuss what you cost the company, don't discuss the resources you need, the key is to discuss how much has been saved by testing. What I took away from that talk, and that point in particular, …

What is Testing?

The ultimate question, what is testing? In case you aren't aware yet, there is no one answer. There are many different versions of testing (Hopefully I will post about some of the different methods at a later time). But the biggest point I would like to make in this post is about testing in the context of "follow the steps" testing vs thinking testing. The difference between the two of these, and which you end up doing, can make or break how you feel about testing.

"Follow The Steps" Testing Follow the steps testing is, sadly, how most people still view testing. This is a testing team that simply follows the same steps for every new feature or bug to make sure that nothing in that single flow is broken. This means that every time something in the code changes the same steps are performed to make sure that there are no new issues. 
Before I continue I feel the need to remind all readers that this is an opinion blog and this blog shows only my own personal opinio…

Who Am I and What's The Point?

If you don't already know who I am, my name is Bailey Hanna (hint, it's over at the side). As of right now I am a Software Test Specialist Co-op (intern) 13 months into a 16 month term.

As for "Whats's The Point?", I started this co-op term without knowing what software testing really was outside of reading my job description and a handful of testing blogs. This blog is designed to help people who find themselves in the same position learn some of the lessons I did through a blog instead of through experience. That being said, you will likely experience many of the same things I did, so perhaps it is more about letting you know how I handled those situations. That is not to say that I handled all (or any) of those situations ideally but at least you can learn whatever I did through those experiences.

This is a blog, that means that people all over the world can technically log onto the internet and see this whenever they please. Which means I feel the need to exp…