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Interview with a tester

At Pace It Systems we pride ourselves on having our very own UK-based test lab, with a team who boast a combined 500+ years of IT experience. This week we thought we’d take the opportunity to speak with Iain MacFadyen, who’s been testing at Pace IT for almost a year now. Here he tells us about his testing journey and what he’s looking forward to as he progresses his career with us.

Iain, how did testing become a career for you? Can you tell us how you started out?

I started with the government and an opportunity arose which required candidates with current knowledge of the business processes. This turned out to be User Acceptance Testing, something I had no knowledge of at the time. This lasted 2 years and gave me a taste for testing. I then put myself through the ISTQB testing qualification and joined a test consultancy in order to advance my skills. I gained a lot of experience across multiple clients using different test methods and testing tools. Testing is evolving all the time and constantly offers new ways of working

As a Tester at Pace IT Systems, what does an average day look like for you?

There is a constant stream of varied projects, but most days start with daily stand-ups to attain current status and issues with projects. We then discuss tasks for the day, which may involve giving a test estimate, creating test plans, scripts, schedules and carrying out test execution. It is a fast-paced environment with fast delivery to end clients

What qualities do you think are the most important for a tester?

Adaptability – being able to switch between projects and tasks is especially important.
Approachable – easy to talk to – being able to speak to clients and developers about issues. There can sometimes be situations where business state something is an issue, but development say it is not. Testers can become the arbitrator in these situations.
Logical – being able to interpret business needs and developer specs in order to write cohesive tests to ensure as much quality test coverage and ensure quality end product within timescales.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I enjoy testing and learning new systems and ways to test. Automation is gaining more focus, so I would like to continue my development in this role and with Pace IT Systems, continue to provide a full testing service for our clients

What advice would you give to someone who is starting their journey as a tester?

Focus on the positive side of testing. Sometimes testing can be seen as a negative as we can be seen to be looking for issues. However, by finding issues early they can be fixed quickly, which makes a better product in the long run. Also, by questioning processes or solutions this can sometimes create a better product as testers can see things from both a development and business process viewpoint. Testing is now a vital component in most businesses.

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