The only Business Analyst

2 years ago, Red Gate hired its first Business Analyst (BA); me. I’d worked here for 4 years already in Admin and Sales roles before taking on the challenge of learning to be a BA, and building up the role. So 2 years and a lot of hard work later, here are my reflections. Firstly, how does someone get a job in a role that doesn’t (yet) exist? Honestly I have no idea, as I don’t think there’s a precedent set... read more

Why do I think I’m living inside an episode of The Big Bang Theory?

When I was originally interviewed at Red Gate, I was surprised – pleasantly – by the dress code. People wandered about the building in Space Invaders t-shirts, Mr Benn socks, slippers, pony tails, shorts, and a variety of colors, many of which I’d never seen worn together so bravely before. Then I started at... read more

The unexpected consequences of compiling user feedback at collection

I’ve run plenty of face-to-face usability sessions, but since joining Red Gate I’ve found myself having to run remote sessions. I’ve discovered a great technique and in doing so I have also stumbled upon some unexpected consequences of using it. Red Gate has a vast user base, and it turns out that a significant... read more

Thoughts on Working From Home

Experiment I work in the Ventures team at Red Gate. We have a few remote workers, and we are keen to make remote working a possibility to increase our hiring pool. We have spent a lot of time thinking about how to improve the remote working experience and which tools we should use. Eventually... read more

Visualizing team work: Physical Taskboards vs Virtual Taskboards

Reposted with kind permission from Chris’ blog. I’m a project manager, so unsurprisingly I can find myself in animated conversations with other project managers regarding how best to manage the work that our team members are doing. We all have our favourite techniques and methods, but the process generally starts with making the work... read more

Building

Visualizing team work: Physical Taskboards vs Virtual Taskboards

Reposted with kind permission from Chris’ blog. I’m a project manager, so unsurprisingly I can find myself in animated... read more

Providing help documentation for PowerShell cmdlets

We’ve been working on a new product that involves writing Windows PowerShell cmdlets (pronounced “commandlets”) for our customers to... read more

Property-based Testing

As part of our down tools week Toby Smyth and I decided to look at property-based testing.  This is... read more

Designing

The unexpected consequences of compiling user feedback at collection

I’ve run plenty of face-to-face usability sessions, but since joining Red Gate I’ve found myself having to run remote... read more

UX katas – Heuristic evaluation.

The “extended” UX team sharpening their swords… At Red Gate, our software engineers run regular  “code katas”, workshops where... read more

New Wizard Design in the Microsoft Azure Portal

There’s little doubt that Microsoft has been investing heavily in the (re)design of many of its existing products and... read more

Culture

Why do I think I’m living inside an episode of The Big Bang Theory?

When I was originally interviewed at Red Gate, I was surprised – pleasantly – by the dress code. People... read more

The fundamental philosophy underpinning Red Gate’s employee selection

In 2003, William Poundstone could unironically write a book with the title How Would You Move Mount Fuji?, with... read more

Agile

Visualizing team work: Physical Taskboards vs Virtual Taskboards

Reposted with kind permission from Chris’ blog. I’m a project manager, so unsurprisingly I can find myself in animated... read more

Agile Testing Day 1

Agile Testing Day 1 Monday’s pub crawl resulted in more networking and some interesting discussions with people who are... read more

Agile Testing Tutorial Day

I am just about to embark upon the first day of Agile Testing Days in Potsdam, and am really... read more