I’ve been working with the software development and testing industries for over 17 years.

Over that period of time I’ve been fortunate to work with some very gifted professionals and been a part of many exciting and interesting projects for some amazing clients and brands.  Everything that I’ve experienced in my career as a QA professional – the good and the bad – has resulted in my approach, methodologies and execution that I apply today in all my QA engagements.  I’m still learning with each client and project that I work with, this is something that is important to me.

I enjoy all aspects of software testing; the management and leadership; the mentoring and education that I can offer my teams, and the opportunities that allow me to continually learn; the planning and project management aspects, and the hands on test execution (even more so now that I’m involved with Information security, penetration testing and ethical hacking).

Being a part of the software testing and development industry has put me in touch with some gifted and talented people, it’s one the main reasons I continue to enjoy this job each day.

I don’t think I’ve ever met a single test professional who decided at a young age that they wanted to be a software tester; every successful test analyst and QA leader that I’ve worked with seems to have fallen into testing; it’s something that we seem to have a natural aptitude for.  Back in the day I was a construction surveyor setting out buildings and features on large scale construction projects in London.  I grew slightly wary of the industry as it wasn’t the safest place to be – I saw numerous accidents and close calls,  so when a friend asked if I wanted to work as a video game tester, I felt it was worth looking into.  Being paid to play games? Best job ever!  Well, it was the best job up to a point, but when I spent weeks playing the same levels over and over again of a genre I didn’t particularly enjoy, the job lost a little of its attraction.  What it did open my eyes to was that I really enjoyed testing software, and learning how it worked.  From this point I moved into web testing, then back into games for a few years, this time as lead test/test manager.  After this I landed in a position that allowed me to test websites, web applications and video games, and it was here that I really grew as a QA professional and test leader.

Since then I’ve worked in many different industries – still within software testing, and I can’t see myself moving away from it for many years.  It was over 6 years ago that I decided to move from the safety of permanent employment into the world of freelance QA, a move that I have never regretted.  The sheer amount of knowledge and experience that I’ve acquired since then allows me to offer QA consultancy to a wide range of clients, industries and disciplines whilst still finding that I’m enjoying every project and engagement.  Work shouldn’t feel like work, and I find that it rarely does.

I’d love the chance to chat with you about your testing and software delivery requirements, please contact me to kick off those discussions.  I can work on-site or remote, I have my own testing hardware, devices and test laboratory, equally I can use your hardware if corporate policy dictates so.  I look forward to talking with you.

Paul Nisbett: QA Consultant