No Longer Jealous (Nicky Tests Software)

On September 26, 2014, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing

I’ve just finished my fourth week at Vend  and I’m loving it way more than I did when I finished my induction – which is very telling.

Is it because I work with great people?
No, but I like that too.

Is it because we have cake most Wednesdays to celebrate people’s birthdays?
No, but my tastebuds love it.

Is it because I get to be involved from the start and have direct impact on the outcome?

Over the past two years, I’ve been organising Testing meet-ups, reading blog posts & articles and receiving training. I heard people talk about working in Agile environments, others who were able to test in the way they believed and others who would involved in projects right from the start – and were able to have a direct impact on the outcome of that project.

Don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed reading and hearing about people’s experiences because I got to learn from them. But honestly, I was yearning for this. And I was kinda jealous.

Until now.

I kept hearing people talk about the merits of delivering value fast, of being able to use mind-maps to guide their testing and how they were able to prevent a lot of trouble because they were involved from the start.

From an outsider’s perspective, I thought I ‘got’ it. I thought I understood these merits. But I didn’t. I remember listening to people talk with heaps of enthusiasm about their experiences and I was kind of confused as to why they were so darn enthusiastic.

I mean, yeah, what they did sounds great. But what’s with the excitement?

And now I’m one of those people.

From now on, you’ll hear me singing mind-maps praises; digging the fact that I’m involved with projects from the start and delivering value to retailers (like literally, after something has been coded and  I’ve tested it  and done a QA review – a few hours later we hear retailers singing our praises).

If anything I say here, rings true for you. I’d love to hear your experiences 🙂

Better yet, Vend is hiring:


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