Friday, 18 June 2021

On February 4, we partnered with the Business Transformation Network (BTN) to deliver an exclusive virtual roundtable with senior technology leaders. Now, we're launching a video series to explore some of the topics we discussed in more detail.

Simon Prior (Digital Test Manager @ Easyjet)

The BTN, in partnership with Prolifics Testing, brings together some of the leading testing and quality assurance professionals across industry to go further into depth the role of testing within successful digital transformations.

The 2019-20 World Quality Report found that when they asked business leaders to rate factors in terms of the impact made on increasing the company QA and testing budget, ‘Increased amount of developments and releases’ rated the highest. Clearly, the highly iterative nature of these new DevOps and agile methodologies is both a blessing and a curse: on one hand, the software can be changed more easily and more quickly, but on the other, these changes bring increased scope for creating defects, putting more and more pressure on the testing team.

The fourth episode in this series showcases Simon Prior (Digital Test Manager at EasyJet), who alongside his full-time position is a co-host on the Testing Peers Podcast, and a passionate advocate for Neurodiversity.

In the video, Simon showcases his focus on ensuring project quality from day 1, and highlights the importance of getting the testing team onboard from conception, rather than during execution.

The role of communication is key in showing QA to be of real benefit to the wider business. Embedding a culture of quality into your organisation creates a better vision of what everyone is aiming for, and Simon looks at some ways he has ushered in this change.

Lastly, Simon talks about his experience with test environments and the role of automation, highlighting that “we need to have a test strategy that blends automation with good exploratory investigative testing”.

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