My diary as a QA Engineer working with a distributed team

The software development arm of Zola Electric is a distributed team with its members working from about six (6) different countries and three continents. This, of course, comes with its usual peculiarities which include but not limited to: Mismatch in time zones Cultural differences  Many online pairing sessions and meetings  Frequent use of collaboration tools such as Slack, […]

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Four Unconventional Ways of Improving Software Quality

It is an established fact that the task of ensuring software quality starts from the beginning of the software development and doesn’t rest entirely on the shoulders of only one role but on every team member. Also, the absence of bugs doesn’t necessarily translate to software quality. Implementing quality practices and processes before, during and after development is […]

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How to Make Remote Pair Testing Work

Pair testing in software development involves two individuals testing a software application at the same time using a single workstation/keyboard. These two individuals can be a combination of a; Tester and Tester, Tester and Developer, Tester and User or a Tester and any other member of the team During testing, only one person executes the tests while the […]

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Excelling at your Next Software QA Interview

It’s that time of the year when organisations and teams are planning for the next business year. While some organisations may be downsizing, many more are looking to expand to new markets, roll out new products or simply looking to increase their throughput. This implies that there would be quite a lot of hiring for many roles during […]

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How Heroku’s Review Apps has made QA easier

No doubt, running multiple environments for apps provides immense benefits and helps dev teams to be a lot more productive and efficient. Some of the popular benefits are that it empowers parallel development efforts and protects company profits and revenue by ensuring reliable and dependable software with minimal downtime. That said, teams often run a combination of some […]

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Preparing for ISTQB Advanced Level – Test Manager Certification Examination

Generally, professional certifications are designations earned by a person to demonstrate a standard level of skill, experience and expertise within a certain field. Beyond this, people write certification exams for various reasons.  Some hope that it boosts their chances of getting hired because they believe having a certification is an advantage compared to those who do not have […]

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Working towards a favourable Performance Evaluation

It was just like yesterday when the new year began with setting career and personal goals. Like every individual, organisations and teams have time-bound goals with objectives as well. In order to achieve these goals, these objectives are cascaded down to individuals as scorecards, KPIs and OKRs. With these, performance evaluation is done every now and then to […]

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Software Testing Interviews: Two sides of the coin

Interviews are a great avenue to connect job seekers to employers. Whatever the form a job interview takes; panel, online, or phone interview; its an opportunity for the employer to select a suitable candidate for a job role from a pool of shortlisted candidates. During which each candidate attempts to pitch or showcase himself as that suitable candidate. […]

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LAGOS TESTATHON 2019 RECAP

Over the weekend, about three hundred (300) Nigerian Software testers, Engineers and Tech Enthusiasts converged at the ZoneTech Park, Lagos for the 35th chapter of Testathon. Testathon is like a hackathon but for testers. It was organised by the Global App Testing team in conjunction with the Facebook Local Insights Team. It was a two-day event that hosted […]

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Working on a Project as the only Software Tester: The Journey and Lessons

Earlier this month, my team launched version 1.0 of our customer-facing app after about eight months of active development. The app is designed to help customers remotely control and monitor their alternative energy sources on their mobile devices. The app was developed for both Android and iOS users using Flutter. My team comprises of Backend developers, Platform engineers, […]

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