Here’s a few quick points on what I've been up to:
Podcast I'm listening to..
Jocko Podcast - Jocko Willink (American retired United States Navy SEAL) and Echo Charles discipline and leadership... extensively.
Quote of the day
Don’t expect to be motivated every day to get out there and make things happen. You won’t be. Don’t count on motivation. Count on Discipline.
Releasing out of hours
We have just completed testing for a release that took 5 working days for 4 people (20 days of manual testing in total). A few issues here and there and we finished on time. This is a business critical release and the only time we could release is after working hours on a friday evening. We stayed up around 2 ½ hours late so it wasn’t that bad.
During the testing phase, there were 2 prevalent things to note:
- Regression tests die - As a team, we are given priorities based on the mission of the business and for this sprint, automation was not that. A fair chunk of our automated tests were not updated so we had to them manually.
- Run smoke tests before testing and during testing phase- Many of the issues we found where found by our smoke tests. If we just continued testing without ensuring that the main functionality were working then we would’ve been less effective in testing.