Today I’m joined by Mark Halliday, as he talks about his role as Senior Test Specialist at IBM and what it entails.
Jay: So today I’m joined by Mark Halliday, as we discuss the synergies between marketing and his role as senior tester at IBM. I know you’re incredibly busy so I’ll try not to take up too much of your time. Can we start with you telling us a bit about yourself and your role as IBM?
Mark: Yes, I’m a senior test specialist. I’ve been with IBM for just over 5 years, the last two years of which I’ve been working in automation testing. Prior to that it was manual testing. I use a variety of different products, including off the shelf products, as well as bespoke, built from scratch products.
Jay: And can you tell us anything about the projects, or is that top secret?
Mark: I work across different sectors. I’ve worked in aerospace, retail, automotive, public sector; so it’s all different clients in all different sectors. A lot of the time the work is broadly the same, you’re testing whatever system is being built or project is being delivered. You know it’s all part of the test practice of just finding bugs and ensuring that whatever is delivered is delivered to plan.
Jay: So do you work on one project at a time or could you be working on multiple projects?
Mark: Some people do work on multiple projects at a time, depending on what their sort of specialism is. It might be something that a project only needs for one or two days a week. Most of the time, myself included, people only tend to work on one project at a time
Jay: Thanks. So you say you’re a senior test specialist, what kind of things do you test and what kind of software do you use?
Mark: So we test all sorts of things. We tend to use a lot of the programs that people would have heard of, things like the Rational Testing Suite, the Jira Atlassian tools. What I’ve been doing recently is helping build an automation suite using the Eggplant Software.
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