What it means to be a QA at REA

A few of our wonderful QAs at REA Group

When I first joined REA, I soon realised that the QA role at REA is very different from a typical QA role and the roles that I had done previously in my career.

Some of the highlights of being a QA at REA for me are:

  • The entire team owns the quality of the work we do. You are not the Quality Gatekeepers
  • QA at REA is not defined as Quality Assurance but Quality Analyst
  • You are free to venture into previously unknown territory like BA or Ops and it is encouraged
  • You are not meant to test every card that gets developed
  • Your role is not limited to the testing column on the Kanban board
  • If you are passionate about the work, you have a voice in determining what work you actually do
  • Your efficiency is not measured or based on the number of test cases you create/execute
  • You are trusted with access to most critical production systems, so you can learn and contribute more
  • You are not meant to document each and every test case you execute
  • You can get help in finding bugs. E.g. Bug bashes
  • You can pair with developers on testing
  • QA effectiveness is not measured based on the numbers of bugs that you discover
  • You can do pretty much anything on Hack Days, be it on a project or your personal project to improve your automation skills
  • You can attend a countless number of external training or conferences
  • You have a vast array of internal training available, including technologies like AWS and Docker.
  • You can be part of the QA Guild where you can bounce ideas off other QAs in the building and share ways of working
  • You can get an REA T-shirt just for QAs!

While the role came with a lot of benefits there were some challenges too. Understanding what other QAs at REA do was not easy. This made it hard to learn from each other.

To help increase visibility I decided to come up with a QA Strategy initiative which first will enable us to talk about and understand what QAs at REA really do, and then help us come up with strategies to improve. Continue reading

Girlapalooza – for women who dig digital at REA

Hello and welcome to the inaugural Girlapalooza blog post, with me Miss Leah(pleurodon) Eramo, at your service.

What is Girlapalooza?

A couple of years ago, a few of us who were interested in technology came together and formed a group to collectively harness the talent, passion & creativity that women at REA possess.

Girlapalooza is a community that positively engages women within REA in activities relating to digital technology, marketing, design and leadership.

Girlapalooza embraces women of all abilities and backgrounds, with a positive philosophy of fun and inclusion.

This month I am featuring an interview with REA’s 2016 Big Idea winner and my team mate, Linda Brunetti. So read all the way through to catch her interview.

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And so we tried to build the Census Platform.

REA runs a plethora of special interest guilds that anybody can join. These guilds get together every now and then to trade smarts, share stories, or just to talk about new, shiny tech.

One of these guilds is the Ops Guild – which over time, has morphed into a challenge/gauntlet where everyone with an interest in Operations can get together and sharpen their Ops skills. We run troubleshooting dojos, breakfix scenarios, and a couple of games – and given recent events, we felt the need to be relevant…

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Confessions of a Podcaster

I confess to being a mad podcast fan. I am always listening to my favourite podcasts and always on the look out for new ones. I devour podcasts in the same way some people ‘do internet’ or read books. I literally fall asleep each night with my headphones in – incidentally podcast apps usually have a timed stop feature, so you can switch off at the end of an episode or after a specified duration.  

I am such a fan of podcasts that Rob Leane, Logan Han and myself created a podcast just to find out what that would be like to create a podcast. It was really really fun, and if you go to http://podcast.rea.tech you will be able to listen to the podcast we created for our Inventorship event (the event formerly known as Hackday at REA).  Continue reading