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A day in the life: Quality Assurance

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by Clare Palmer Agency Marketing Manager

Are you interested in a career in Quality Assurance? Well I caught up with our very own Lewis who is responsible for Quality Assurance (QA) and testing here at Gooey to give you an insight into his role.

Lewis Reeves

What do you do day-to-day?

“I’m responsible for quality assurance and testing at Gooey, and in a typical day I will do this for 2 or 3 websites. This involves me chatting to the developers to better get to know the project and understand their coding decisions. I will then test the build against the written brief, additional notes, and the designs supplied by the client. I’ll then upload tickets on Codebase for any amends that need doing for the developers to work through . Once these are done, I will check the build against the brief/designs again to make sure that they match exactly before sending the site to our Project Manager Iain to send to the client.”

What are the most valuable skills for someone in your position to have?

“If I had to narrow it down, I’d say the three skills that are essential for my job are attention to detail, communication, and being able to work under pressure. When details are missed on builds, they are usually the small details such as a colour being incorrect or the padding being slightly wrong causing something to display off-centre. Being in QA, you have to be able to notice these things, pick them out, and send them back to the developer otherwise these could slip through the net and the client will be sent incorrect or incomplete work.

Communication is also important in my role because there is quite a bit of back-and-forth and if something is poorly communicated, it can add time onto the project and it can feel stressful for everyone involved.

The final one is being able to work under pressure. Sometimes, you will have to QA multiple websites at once so being able to manage your workload is very important in order to meet deadlines while managing your stress along the way.”

Lewis recently shaved his head to raise money for Guide Dogs trust and the YMCA

Why do you enjoy your job?

“I enjoy doing QA at Gooey because it is a very fast-paced environment and there is always something that can be looked at so it keeps me nice and busy. I also really enjoy the team here! I have fun talking to the developers and it’s always nice to hear how their weekend was!”

What do you find challenging about your job?

“The hardest bit about being QA at Gooey is keeping up with all the devs. It can be quite challenging as they’re much stronger coders than I am, but I do think this helps to push me to improve and discussing projects with them helps me to learn more about the intricacies.”

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