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Katrina Clokie
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3 ways to define your role without a RACI matrix
I lead a team of Test Coaches, which is still a relatively unusual role in our industry. As a Test Coach I was part of a number of conversations about my role. As we scaled the team of coaches and I took a leadership position, these conversations increased ...

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The world of test automation capability
Imagine a traditional capability matrix. A spreadsheet where each column is skill, each row is the name of an individual, and then the map is populated by people who rate their competence. These spreadsheets are useful for seeing trends within a team, both ...
The world of test automation capability
The world of test automation capability
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9 quick ideas for flexible testing
When you're a tester in an agile team, it can be easy to fall into a comfortable testing pattern. The transparency of daily stand-up and reflection of retrospectives can create an illusion of continuous improvement. These routines make us feel that we work ...

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No unit tests? No problem!
A couple of weeks ago I created a Twitter poll about unit tests that asked: "Is code without unit tests inherently bad code?"  Is code without unit tests inherently bad code? — Katrina Clokie (@katrina_tester) May 1, 2018 The conversations that emerged cove...

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How do you choose a test automation tool?
When you’ve agreed what you want to automate, the next thing you’ll need to do is choose a tool. As a tester most of the conversations I observed from a distance, between managers and people selecting a tool, focused on only one aspect. Cost. Managers do ca...

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Setting strategy in a Test Practice
Part of my role is figuring out where to lead testing within my organisation. When thinking strategically about testing I consider: how testing is influenced by other activities and strategies in the organisation, where our competitors and the wider industr...

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How do you decide what to automate?
When you start to think about a new automated test suite, the first conversations you have will focus on what you're going to automate. Whether it's your manager that is requesting automation or you're advocating for it yourself, you need to set a strategy ...

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A stability strategy for test automation
As part of the continuous integration strategy for one of our products, we run stability builds each night. The purpose is to detect changes in the product or the tests that cause intermittent issues, which can be obscured during the day. Stability builds g...

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Three types of coding dojo for test automation
The Test Coaches in my organisation provide support for our test automation frameworks. We create tailored training material, investigate new tools in the market, agree our automation strategy, monitor the stability of our suites, and establish practices th...

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30 articles for tech leaders written by women
When I was first promoted to a leadership role in tech, I looked for leadership resources that were written by women with advice targeted to a tech environment. It took some time to discover these articles, which resonated with me and have each contributed ...
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