Andy

Andy is a Founder/CEO of spriteCloud and Principal Software Test Consultant. He has 30 years experience in the ICT field, with the majority of it in software testing roles. He holds a B.Informatics, Hons degree from Griffith University, Australia. Andy loves anything IT tech and is an avid reader of UFO conspiracies.

Testing in a Scrum team which uses the Gitflow workflow

Workflow for Git Model

Over the last couple of years I have worked on many projects using the Gitflow workflow. This well established workflow works really well for teams working according to Scrum. For a detailed explanation of the Gitflow workflow I highly recommend reading Vincent Driessen’s blog. I would also recommend reading our post about how to setup …

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spriteCloud selected as a member of the Fast Growth Icons Amsterdam Network 2017

spriteCloud has been selected as a member of the Fast Growth Icons Amsterdam network 2017

We have been selected as a member of the Fast Growth Icons Amsterdam Network, an invitation-only network for well-established, fast-growing businesses. The network brings together the founders and CEOs of later-stage startups to discuss the practical realities of building a $100m+ revenue business. Reflecting our success and rapid growth, we are immensely proud to be …

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Introducing spriteCloud’s Test Automation as a Service

Test Automation as a Service Process Infographic

Today spriteCloud officially launches our Test Automation as a Service (TAaaS) commercial offering. This is the culmination of many years of hard work and planning, and I am immensely proud to say we are finally here. We’ve also written many articles about software testing over the years and have recently brought them together in one …

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My visit to VR days Europe

At spriteCloud, we love technology. We are one of Europe’s first Virtual Reality testing companies and we are proud of it. So, when VR days Europe was held on our doorstep, we did not hesitate to dive in! We were proud sponsors of the event and our testers were active participants. I went there on …

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Yahoo no longer does software testing; continuous integration and what it means to software testing

Recently I saw on one of Linkedin’s software testing groups a post that said Yahoo no longer does software testing. The headline was meant to grab the attention of the group in a controversial way so as to guarantee a lot of discussion. And, it did. So what do they do? I asked as I …

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What is the benefit of Scrum Master certification to a Software Tester?

Recently, I passed the Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) certification on Scrum.org. Reading the Scrum guide made me wonder: What is the benefit of doing the PSM I certification to a tester? Testers do not have a specified role in a Scrum team, they are just one of the guys/girls developing. But most functional …

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Evaluating the success of test automation; can it really be done with metrics?

Evaluating the success of test automation is a lot like pagan mystic voodoo; there is a lot of activity involved, much chanting and ranting; and a fair amount of ritual, with the end result being completely valid, or highly dubious. We here would all believe that there is value in automation, otherwise we wouldn’t be …

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RubyonRails Freebsd 8.0 RC1

Building a Ruby on Rails test server on FreeBSD 8.0 RC1 We’re a Ruby on Rails shop at our place and we work on a number of different platforms for developing and testing our stuff; the devs normally work on macs, while the staging environment – this week – is Ubuntu’s Jaunty Jackalope (9.04) distribution. However I’m …

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Does “process” have to mean “control” which is seen as “bad”?

Late last week I had the pleasure of visiting a startup that is doing some very interesting things in the social network/online community web space. Like most 2.0 web development shops they consist of a small high performance technical team that work side-by-side a non technical team, each of whom all share equal responsibility for …

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What’s the real value in QA for cloud consumer services?

I got to thinking about this – again for the umpteenth time – during an informal lunch conversation with a group of developers and QA’ers discussing challenges in their jobs. This friend of mine, who is a very senior individual at his social network startup, was telling us a story about the problems that he …

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