Elizabeth Fiennes
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Elizabeth Fiennes

I've been in testing and QA since 1998. Yes, we had computers way back then. No, my first tablet was not made of stone.

Since then I got some time off for two people shaped development projects of my own.

I am cat slave to a very large and opinionated Tuxedo Tom who likes walking across keyboards and spilling tea.

For 2019, I am going to continue to use my evil powers for good.

Testing
When I was invited by the organisers of the Polish TestWarez conference to speak at their event, I had no idea what to expect. I've never visited Poland and had no idea of the testing scene there. However, being someone who loves meeting new people and going new places, I decided to say yes and worry about the detail once I got there. This is the account of my experience.
All companies need to be warned about the consequences of sending their testers to conferences.... (especially ones that are inclusive and considerate of their attendees)
What is a WebSocket and how do you test it? Herb Williams and I have been looking into this for a while now. This is what we found out.
Thinking of getting into the madness that is public speaking? This is the 2nd part to my lighthearted look at the whole sharing lark. In this post, I'm talking about what can go wrong on the day for a hapless speaker and offering up some suggestions about what you can do to mitigate or address those issues.
If I said the words "a tech conference for women" - what would you imagine? Would it be the attendees sitting in circles, holding hands and admiring each other's beads? Do you picture 'sisters' singing kumbaya and plotting the downfall of the patriarchy? Would you picture sessions such as "how to code for fluffy-wuffy knitting sites?" Would you wonder if it was full of hardcode coding and hacking sessions to get women further up the knowledge ladder? Some of the Scott Logic tech staff went to a technical conference for women. This is what it was like.
What is quality? Is it "just" testing? If not, then what else? How do you measure it? Should you even try? What does it really mean if you have 1 person or a team looking after the quality? After being told the quality was my new role, I did some research to find out the answers to these questions and more.
Have you heard of contract testing and want to know more? Are your company asking you to consider this future-facing way of testing? Are you wondering of its relevance to you as a functional or non-functional tester? Then this article can help you with some of the questions you have on the subject.
Testers are called on to give advice as part of their role. How can do we do that in a way that is in the best interest of our team and product without our natural bias getting in the way? Leveraging the concept of the trusted adviser is one solution to this.
When my off-spring were younger and needed me more, I struggled to find the time to learn, I struggled to work out what to learn and I struggled with how to break it down to make it manageable. This is the article I wish I had been able to find and read all those years ago for anyone going through that frustration today.
During this post, I will offer you, the unfortunate reader, the unsolicited and equally unneeded, benefit of my advice as an "expert" (*cough*) veteran of 1 public speaking engagement. Look out for my top tips, they are sure to be about as much use as the 'open here' arrow on a miniature sachet of tomato sauce.
A bad beginning... A testing bedtime story that even Crackanory would reject for transmission on the basis it was too crackpot and twisted to be credible. Gather closer my precious readers, sitting comfortably? Good, then I can begin. Abide me carefully because I am going to tell you the secrets of how to have a magic unicorn, hen’s teeth, Harry Potter, automate-the-lot, works every time, end-to-end automated checking solution..... Alas, no chickens, I am not, because there is no such thing. The End. Sleep well all.
"Testing is dead". I hear this particular chestnut a lot. From those who earnestly believe it, from those who don't understand the role, from content writers generating clickbait. Are testers really all etemmu now?
Thinking of applying to work with us as a tester? This is a post to help you work out if we are a good fit for you. We'll do this by telling you how we work out if you are a good fit for us. Hopefully this will be of interest to anyone trying to evaluate if the benefits we offer are in line with the environment they want.

Talks

Ministry of Testing webinar: Accessibility for Beginners
06 May 2020
Accessibility Testing: A Beginner’s Guide! (Zoom meetup)
30 April 2020
London #TesterGathering – Feb 2020
25 February 2020
Techie Brekkie Edinburgh #4
11 December 2019
NE:Tech
14 November 2019
Techie Brekkie London #4
15 October 2019
Test.bash(); Manchester 2019
04 October 2019
Women in Tech Dublin 2019
12 September 2019
Ministry of Testing Edinburgh
24 July 2019
Techie Brekkie Bristol – All about testing
20 March 2019
An evening of tech talks
06 March 2019
Ministry of Testing Newcastle
15 January 2019
An evening of tech talks at Scott Logic
21 November 2018
Women in Tech – Dublin
15 November 2018
The QE Roundabout
13 November 2018
South West Test – September
05 September 2018
Tekkie Brekkie
31 May 2018