Thank you so much for your welcoming message and feedback, I will definitely take a look at that post by Heather Reid.
I will definitely try and engage with the community more, I’ve been on this site a few times to read different conversations but only just signed up to contribute, I think I’m definitely more comfortable lurking in the background but I will try snap out of that haha.
Within my first week of working here I was asked to test the software, with no requirements or user story I just fumbled my way through and surprisingly found a few issues.
I realised that as my fiancé is a software tester I may have had an advantage that others starting fresh might not have, I could send him a quick message if I was unsure of anything and he was always really positive when I found any bugs or issues (when finding bugs here they were often greeted with a sigh and a negativity).
While I haven’t been here long I believe I have changed people’s views on bugs/issues by being positive when they find these things and saying things like ‘That’s great, much better we find it now than a customer finding it after release’.
I could see ‘Bug reports’ often being sent back by developers asking for clarification so I spoke with them about how logged bugs and asked for any feedback and then a few days later they sent a message asking everyone to use this method (It’s a slightly adapted version of this: http://test-42.com/test-42s-guide-to-logging-bugs/ ).
As for the ‘Test Script’, I spoke with management about testing and was set an objective to create a regression test plan, within the supporting documentation I believe I have stressed the importance of exploratory testing too but with no other option given I have created what was asked of me.
With any hope this will eventually be automated, but until then hopefully it will benefit anyone who works here.
This is set out in an excel spreadsheet:
I’m still in the process of creating this but, we have used the sections that have been completed with new starters and my manager has had really positive feedback.
I have spoken with my colleagues and they can see the benefits of having this, especially with the new bug report as you can just pull the information directly from here if you find a bug/issue.
I guess I hope to see the value once it’s being used, if it gets used haha.