Moving to Continuous Delivery and a Quality Focused Process
We’re all familiar with the waterfall approach of software development. It keeps skill-sets in silos and, from a tester point of view, we were the ones squeezed for time when projects overran.
Adopting agile in the latest Membership Programme incarnation at the Financial Times many years ago started to make a change. The concept of starting to break work into smaller pieces and working much closer to one unit as a team removed the big bang approach of these problems. Ultimately they still existed. Like most development teams our testers were outnumbered by developers, but ultimately had as much if not more to do. The introduction of automated testing if anything made matters worse. When you’re new to agile you can struggle to work out where to build automated tests into the process. We agreed that they needed to be part of the sprint from day one, but this meant we still had split skill-sets – manual and automated testers. Both were needed to get the work done.Continue reading “Removing the Tester Safety Net”
At the Financial Times we’ve recently released a new version of our website, FT.com. “Next FT”, as we’ve come to know it, is now the default experience for our users, and so far it’s proving to be a great one: It’s faster, it’s nicer, it’s better; a success across the board . Yet there’s an aspect of our new site we have largely overlooked: accessibility (a11y).
In this post we will explore what web accessibility is, why it’s important, the current state of accessibility at FT.com and the work we’re doing to improve it.
Approximately a year has passed since Salesforce announced the new Lightning experience. And what a year for Salesforce! At first I thought ‘this is going to take a while, there’s going to be a learning curve, probably known bugs to deal with’, we tentatively started switching on the New Lightning Experience to play around with the new User Interface. In a short while we tested some visualforce pages embedded in the new Salesforce application. Finally, this summer we made the leap to building the first Lightning components and Lightning application.
One of my favourite series as a child was ‘The Flash’. He could miraculously find himself from his home dressed in pyjamas, down the street in front of a shop window within seconds. When I built my first Lightning app this year, the images from ‘The Flash’ running around with the speed of light immediately came to my mind. Three words: fast, simple, beautiful. No wonder they named it Lightning.Continue reading “The Year of Lightning”
“The game centres on a model of a donkey named “Roo” (or “Buckaroo”). The mule begins the game standing on all four feet, with a blanket on its back. Players take turns placing various items onto the mule’s back without causing the mule to buck up on its front legs, throwing off all the accumulated items.” – Wikipedia, Buckaroo!
Fresh faces in FT Technology – Our rotating graduate scheme
Over the past year we’ve been working hard to establish a graduate recruitment scheme for Technology. We’ve taken on grads in the past but in defined roles and wanted to focus on broadening our scope to help talented people get into technology and experience the range of disciplines across engineering.
Varnish Software has awarded the Varnish Award for Innovation to the Financial Times and its architecture team. The FT uses Varnish Cache to implement multi-factor email login for employees to help protect against the increasing threat of phishing attacks.Continue reading “FT Wins Varnish Award”