Welcome to the third in our series in which we meet the Granta team. We spoke with our colleague Rhys to find out everything, from what he most enjoys about being a Software Tester to which historical figure provides him with a daily dose of inspiration. We’re always looking for like-minded individuals who have passion and drive to make positive changes to our software development; take a look at our current opportunities if you think this could be you

“My typical day encompasses a wide range of manual and automated testing. One minute I might be verifying the functionality of a new interactive feature, while the next I’ll find myself working on code to deploy and configure our products on virtual machines via TeamCity. Working closely with the developers within an Agile environment, I know my input is always valued during our sprint planning meetings, and my regular involvement in maintaining JIRA issues helps to create an audit trail of how we are constantly improving our software.

Rhys at the Granta office, Cambridge

I very much appreciate that I have the opportunity to get involved in various activities alongside my daily responsibilities. From running and fitness training in preparation for our entry into the annual Chariots of Fire race to belting out the bass part in the Granta Singers, there is always plenty to do here. I’ve also found myself organizing monthly coffee break presentations where speakers share their knowledge on a technical topic they’re passionate about. These sessions provide an excellent way for us to learn from one another while demonstrating the Granta mentality of encouraging its employees’ initiative to research and grow.

Alexander Borodin (Image courtesy of Wikimedia)

When it comes to historical figures, I find the life of Russian scientist Alexander Borodin fascinating. Illegitimate son of a Georgian prince, he was a brilliant chemist when in good health and greatly respected for his work on aldehydes, but he would often turn his hand to composing sublime music when falling ill. The nocturne from his second-string quartet is a prime example of his genius.”

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