I was on my way to goals based on this workshop as well and even started to map them out but then got distracted by more urgent matters.
Now I looked at the job ads for testers at the big e-commerce companies and to be honest I’m a little disappointed, it’s the same generic requirements of experience with either UI automation or mobile specifically, good analytical and communication skills. All nice but not really e-commerce specific.
So for the challenge-related areas that I would like to focus on:
- Security testing. I know bits and pieces about the policy side of security but not really how to test for it apart from a few basics and the bits are pretty random anyway.
- (REST) API testing. This was a topic that came up strongly when I listened to the podcast and I worked and work with SOAP APIs but I feel I should catch up with the methods and tools for REST as well.
- User experience, perhaps more from the design guidelines point of view. I’ve never even been close to the luxury of actual usability testing and having a real UI designer in the team was also years ago but usability and broader UX used to be a small hobby of mine. What I read about it back then informed a number of productive discussions I had with the developers and improvement suggestions.
This was back when mobile wasn’t even a thing though, not to mention topics like conversational, voice or xR interfaces. Expectations and models have changed since but it would be useful to get up to date with research instead of random anecdata again.
I’m not really ready to commit to SMART specifications today but I want to get them done within the next two weeks and start the first timebox around mid-June. One month per topic I guess.
If some of you who participated here would like to join up for one of these topics and has some time free in the summer, feel free to give me a poke here or on Twitter (@magda0s). Turns out group work is conducive to learning