Is Gatekeeping Hurting Your Team?

Simon Tomes

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Delivering difficult news is something we do in the world of testing. And sometimes it can feel rubbish. At the end of last week, we announced the cancellation of TestBash Brighton. Yet good news prevails as we share a taster of positive things to come in 2022 - TestBash UK and TestBash World! Read the announcement or listen to Richard Bradshaw and Mark Winteringham to find out more. 🗺

- Simon, CommunityBoss

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Isaac Lyman shares many compelling reasons why code quality is everyone’s concern. It includes plenty of practical advice on how organisations can increase code quality.   

Is gatekeeping hurting your team? In this excellent article, Meg urges us to be aware of the tester as a gatekeeper.

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Simon Tomes


Simon is a CommunityBoss at Ministry of Testing and his pronouns are he/him. Currently learning to be a better community enabler, he has a passion for all things testing with a career in various testing roles since 2003. He particularly enjoys promoting and sharing the value of exploratory testing.