On Thursday 28th February, approximately 65 students from across the north west attended the highly anticipated Defectives: Battle of The Bands at ROQ's Test Lab in Chorley.
ROQ, the strategic software testing solutions provider, founded the Defectives almost nine years ago. The Defectives is a series of fun, testing-based competitions and the aim is to introduce students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines - primarily STEM subjects - to a career in software testing. This feeds in to ROQ’s graduate recruitment programme in a fun and unique way. ROQ have invested heavily in the graduate programme since its inception in 2014 and last year attracted over 270 student applications.
Defectives: Battle of The Bands saw the ROQ Test Lab embellished with various musical instruments and memorabilia, as attendees entered to a playlist of rock tunes from across the ages and enjoyed a fresh delivery of pizza from Chorley’s finest!
Teams from Edge Hill University, University of Salford and UCLan, all made the journey to the ROQ Test Lab, ready to discover a world of software testing opportunities and put their defect-finding skills to the test. The teams worked together to find an array of defects on specific music-related websites in an attempt to win the highly sought-after Defectives University Challenge Trophy and a host of amazing spot prizes!
After a brief introduction and welcome from Sarah Barlow - Head of Talent at ROQ, the event was underway with an overview of the different types of testing from James Payton, Senior Test Analyst, who began his ROQ career as a Graduate Tester back in 2014. James also explained what will happen throughout the night and the rules of the competition, before taking the attendees through an example defect record and finally, getting the competition started!
At half time, Jack Dunn - who joined ROQ during their 2018 Graduate intake, shared his story so far – which has taken him from The Lake District to Automation Testing! This gave everyone a feel of what they can expect if they’re successful in joining the ROQ team, through the graduate programme.
After hearing from Jack, and a second round of pizza and refreshments, the students were set on their way, testing a list of university websites – this time without a clue sheet to help them! Before long, the final klaxon sounded, and the competition drew to a close!
As the points were being tallied, Senior Test Analyst - Grace Byers, told everyone about her ROQ journey since joining as a graduate four years ago. In her true straight-talking style, she gave a brief overview of the projects she’s worked on, her mild caffeine addiction, and the host of charity and social activities she gets involved with. She certainly captured the essence of ROQ culture and why it’s a great place to work!
After a fantastic evening, it was time to reveal the winners of the competition and it was 'ROQ Out' from UCLan who emerged victorious and got to take the trophy home for the second year running – the first and only time a team has retained the title!
Sarah Barlow said “It is great see how much the students get fully engaged in the competition! The event is all about fun and gaining an insight into a career in software testing and it’s fantastic that, based on the feedback we’ve received - we’ve achieved that. Putting on events like The Defectives is really important to ROQ - it is investing in our future talent and promoting careers in software testing, for an industry that is ever growing. Personally, I can’t wait for the next one!”
Who will be crowned champions of The Defectives next time?