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Happy 1 Year Anniversary with Assurity to me Part I (Nicky Tests Software)

On July 1, 2013, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing
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My oh my does time fly!

Today is my 1 year anniversary with Assurity as a Test Analyst and boy have I learned a LOT in my first year. I’ve been surrounded by some amazing, talented, supportive, on-to-it people at this company and grateful for the opportunity that has been provided.

Anywho.

Here’s a quick run-down of what I learned.

1. There are much more women in software testing than I thought there would be
Other than coming to this conclusion from seeing how many women work in our company, I’ve also seen mentions of this online.

2. XML
I enjoyed learning how different systems ‘talk’ to each other. I’m hoping to deepen my knowledge in this area

3. Mind-mapping
Being the visual person that I am (I like big bold colours and pictures), mind-mapping was right up (or do you say down?) my alley! I also found this a great way to explore how ideas stem from other ideas. It’s a great way to get your brain juices flowing 😀

4. The importance of clear communication
DA-YUM I didn’t realise how things could be misconstrued until I became a Test Analyst. Ya gotta be clear. Ya gotta be concise. It helps to give examples. Ambiguity is definitely NOT a good thing

5. Do not assume
This idea was drilled down to us again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again again and again and again and again again and again and again and again in the Grad programme.
I’m still making an effort to make sure this doesn’t happen.

6. How much goes into a piece of software
Ok, I must admit – it still amazes me how much behind-the-scenes work goes into software before it goes live. All of these roles that I hadn’t heard of previously exist. Length of time…

 

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