On Thursday 7th November 2019, approximately 90 students from across the north west attended the highly anticipated Defectives: I’m A Defect Get Me Out of Here! at the ROQ Test Lab in Chorley.
ROQ founded the Defectives nine years ago after a colleague decided it would be a fantastic way to bring testers together… The Defectives is a series of fun testing-based competitions and the aim is to introduce students from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines - mainly studying 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 2014 beginnings, and last year attracted over 300 student applications.
Defectives: I’m A Defect Get Me Out of Here! saw the ROQ Test Lab dressed head to toe in an abundance of camping and bug related decorations, transporting ROQ’s guests in to a software testing jungle, equipped with plenty pizza to go round, as opposed to the customary rice, beans and other bushtucker treats!
Teams from Edge Hill University, University of Salford, Liverpool John Moores 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; and for the first time ever, ROQ invited local colleges to the event, with both Blackburn College and Runshaw in attendance. 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 jungle-y spot prizes!
After a brief introduction and welcome from ROQ Head of Talent, Sarah Barlow, the event was underway with an overview of testing from Niel Young, Senior Test Analyst. Niel covered the various types of testing, what will happen across the course of the evening, and finally, the rules of the competition, before taking the attendees through an example defect record and firing the proverbial starters pistol!
At half time, Louise Owen, who joined ROQ during their most recent graduate intake, shared her ROQ story so far – from The Lake District to Automation Testing! – Giving everyone a feel of what they can expect if they’re successful in applying for a graduate role at ROQ.
After hearing from Louise, grabbing more 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, Steve Nattrass, shared his ROQ Journey since joining the team seven years ago. Discussing a brief overview of the projects he’s worked on and his involvement in the organisation of ROQ social and community events, he clearly outlined why ROQ is a fantastic place to work!
After an amazing evening of bug hunting, it was time to reveal the winners of the competition and it was JB ROQ who emerged victorious and got to take the trophy home to Edge Hill University!
Sarah Barlow, ROQ Head of Talent, said “It was another great fun packed evening with lots of defects found. All the students were fully engaged in the competition and feedback at the end of the night was they loved it and learnt a lot! Investing in future talent is important to ROQ and hosting the Defectives it provides students with an introduction to software testing and shows the importance of quality, while making it fun and competitive.”
David Walsh, Web Design & Development Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader from Edge Hill University said “It’s fantastic that all the students get involved and really enjoy it! Win or lose, we always leave with smiles on our faces.”