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Tuesday 12th December 2017
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In this blog we hear from 3 Women working in different roles in Software Testing across Yorkshire. They tell us more about what they love about their job, how it's changed and their predictions for Software Testing in 2018 and beyond!

Cassy Calvert, BJSS 

My name is Cassy, I have two beautiful daughters and a puppy! I live out in the countryside and when I’m  not  working, I love to travel and can be found either enjoying the sun on the beach or at the bottom of the  Ocean swimming with sharks!

 How did you get into testing? 
 I was always messing with the computers at work, and  managing to push them to their boundaries – or as my then  boss put it ‘breaking them’.  When I realised there was a career in this, I applied for a software testing role at Cattles plc, from  there I moved to a software house in York and really got the test bug and the rest as they say is history!

What makes you love your job?
Lots of things, the variety means that I can be working on a project helping shape our clients’ testing approach or reviewing quality of testing for another project one day, the next lecturing at local Universities about testing the next, mix it in with interviewing and recruitment, community internal events, speaking at conferences, supporting apprenticeship programmes locally and providing thought leadership – 2 days are never the same!

I’ve had the unique opportunity to work on some projects which have made a difference to the general public as well.  Back in 2012 I worked on Spine II which I know affects everyone in England and it’s something I’m very proud of.  In fact, I still ask at my local surgery how well its going for them!

What is the most notable thing that has happened in testing that’s changed the way you do your job?
The biggest thing I’ve noticed over the last 5 years is the shift towards automation and continuous delivery.  When I first joined BJSS the team were mostly made up of manual testers, but the growth has definitely been focused on bringing in more automation specialists in a number of technologies.  I think that most large corporates now see the value in what testing brings and have seen that automating testing and building it in to a CI pipeline can contribute towards delivering quality, quicker, and therefore ask about it a lot more.

What are your industry predictions for 2018 and beyond? 
Wait for it – smart phones.  They won’t be around for much longer.  The technology will develop and change so that we’ll be using a more ‘integral’ device to help us with our lives.


Test Lead/Team Leader at CNG Ltd. in Harrogate. I have been working in the IT Industry for nearly 15 years and can see myself in the industry in one way or another!

How did you get into testing?
Working on an IT Help-desk, I was poached into the development team to try and improve the quality of software that was being delivered. The rest is history!

What makes you love your job?
I love the variance in testing. There is never a dull moment and always opportunity to learn and build on your skill-set. 

What is the most notable thing that has happened in Testing that’s changed the way you do your job?
Shift Left! Meaning get involved as soon as you can in any software delivery cycle! It’s not the most radical of notions and it seems obvious, but even in Agile, I find that members of teams can forget to involve testing until too late in the delivery cycle. I actively encourage all of my team to stick themselves in the mix as soon as they are able. 

What are your predictions for future of Software Testing, from 2018 and beyond? 
Open Source Tools, Agile and Test Automation – DevOps! We are in exciting times. As software test professionals, we need to keep up or be left behind!

I’m Lesley Walkinshaw, a Test Manager at Sky Betting and Gaming. Things I do, build great teams by hiring smart and passionate individuals. Helping them to grow and develop the skills they need to be great testers. Active within the Testing Community I believe by sharing our knowledge and experiences we can learn, grow and make testing profession we can all be proud of. We are all stronger through diversity, fact. The WiT group I founded are working on ways to improve diversity within the Tech industry, so mind the gender gap! I’m also a Mum of two cheeky children, a massive Formula One fan and a Science Fiction junkie. 

How did you get into Testing?
I decided to quit my job working as a Lab Technician for a Veterinary Diagnostics Company and move to France. The company offered me a new job primarily working from home, this would be helping to deliver a Laboratory Information Management System to be used in our Laboratories around the globe. I started out working on the data migration but it was one of those projects where we all jumped in and helped out and assumed whatever role was needed to get the job done. It was the testing element that I loved the most, so I got qualified, found out about testing and led the way on how we would test the system, the rest is history.

What makes you love your job?
Coaching teams on testing, continuous improvement, exploring new techniques, experimenting with new ways of working and evaluating and implementing new tooling. Evangelising and advocating the value of testing both within my organisation and in the external community, I love to see people think differently about our profession and give it the respect it deserves. Most of all though I love developing people, seeing them grow, develop and realise their potential is the most rewarding part of my job.

What is the most notable thing that has happened in Testing that’s changed the way you do your job?
Moving away from central testing teams, to autonomous cross skilled cross functional agile teams. The project management facets of the Test Management role, scheduling, resourcing, estimation and reporting out on test progress have been reduced, the focus has shifted. The role has moved towards that of a test coach whose purpose is to enable teams to own their testing. Managing and developing people so they have the skills and knowledge to be the strong testing voice for their teams. Keeping up with current testing techniques, tools and technologies is essential to keep abreast of changes in technology landscape. A large part of what I do is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge across teams and departments through Communities of Practice.

What are your predictions for future of Software Testing, from 2018 and beyond?
Technology will continue to change at an ever-increasing rate and Software Testing has to adapt to the change in the rate of delivery but also to new emerging technologies. IoT, AR, VR, Machine learning, big data, everything on demand! Testers will need to figure out how to test these things and the tools and techniques their teams might use to test. Testers will have to have a better understanding about how technology works, that’s not that they need to be able to code they already have people on theirs teams that can do this, but to be able to guide the testing on their teams. What you test and how you test might change but won’t change is the value of testing and the testing mind-set, you can’t automate that stuff, well not yet. 

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