Hi! I’m Dan Ashby
I am the Head of Quality Engineering at PhotoBox, based in London.
My past roles include: Head of Testing in the B2C London department at eBay, Global Head of Software Quality & Testing in AstraZeneca’s Testing Services Team, Deputy Head of Testing at Lab49 (a fintech consultancy), and Test Coach at various other companies within various other domains.
I’m a software testing enthusiast with a modern view of software testing.
I view “types of testing” as being testing that is focussed on a specific type of risk (E.g. performance testing is testing focussed on the risks of performance, accessibility testing is testing focussed on the risks surrounding accessibility, functional testing is testing focussed around the software’s functionality, etc). Did you know that there are 100+ different types of product risks that can affect your software? For this, we need to utilise an exploratory testing approach to investigate these risks and unknowns that affect our ideas for solutions and our software implementation, while utilising an automation approach for asserting any expectations regarding how the software is expected to operate.
I have experience of heading, leading, managing, training, coaching, mentoring and inspiring testers and teams regarding software testing and Agile, with success in building a culture of quality within many organisations. I also have experience influencing and helping people overcome misunderstandings that they might have about software testing, automation, agile, BDD, and a range of processes and mindsets.
I am the co-founder of the Software Testing Clinic, along with Mark Winteringham (check it out here: www.softwaretestingclinic.com) – we offer free, safe spaces all over the UK for people to come along and learn about the craft of software testing, or come along and get into mentoring. I also currently co-host the London branch of the SWTC too.
I also co-host the “Testing in the Pub” podcast about software testing, psychology in testing, leadership and management topics along with Steve Janaway (check out the podcast here: http://www.testinginthepub.co.uk).
I also regularly speak at conferences and meet-ups across the globe too. You can see some of my talks that were recorded on my upcoming talks page.
You can probably tell that I really enjoy being involved in the testing community. I strongly encourage people to get involved to learn more about the craft! If you’ve been learning from the community already, please start giving back – help others that are looking to learn about testing too.