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I’m Mo. I break things. It matters

Cocoon Labs

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I’m Mo, nice to meet you.

My name is Mohammed (or Mo as everyone likes to call me), and I’m Cocoon’s first Software Test Engineer with a prominent focus in manually testing Cocoon’s iOS and Android applications, as well as the Cocoon device itself.

I originally was born into Web Development and soon acquired a degree in BSc Hons Web Design & Technology, but then later branched off into the testing realm. As I graduated in July 2014 and started reaching for the moon, I also knew I wanted to be a part of the startup scene. I have always childishly moaned and complained to my wife that I had been unfortunate to have been born and raised in Yorkshire – as I felt all the startup action was taking place in Silicon Valley, which is a few thousand miles across ‘the pond’

However, I soon stumbled onto Cocoon. As you all know, Cocoon is a smart-home-security-device startup founded by Dan, Sanjay, Colin, Nick and John (wow! I said that in one breath!). Together they have set off on a journey to disrupt the startup universe and, in particular, the ever so growing startup scene in Leeds.

What I do matters.

My job at Cocoon is to write extensive test cases which I later run multiple times (or, however, many times needed) to test everything from a Cocoon pairing to a phone successfully to a name input field handling all that it can have thrown at it. Essentially, I want to break as many things as I can now, so our rockstar developers can fix them before we ship to our anxious users – we want the end-users to have the best experience.

To date, it has been 8 days I have been at Cocoon, and the guys here have been amazing! I’ve been welcomed to the testing team by James Salt – the current Test Lead, and I have learnt a tremendous amount of skills in the use of test planning software, code repositories, virtual application test environments and much more.

Cocoon Home Security

So far, I have hit the ground running with already producing work which has directly affected and improved the quality of Cocoon. The general process involves me raising an issue on Github, writing a highly-explicit regression test, running the test and then finally producing a report which can help the developers pinpoint the issue and allow them to fix it.

To ensure I am progressing in the right direction and at an appropriate speed, I have one-to-one sessions with James weekly and on a bi-weekly basis with Dan.

I find excitement in the tasks I undertake as no one day is the same at Cocoon. The growth of my skillset, experience working in a tightly-knit team and, of course, the FUN (the main bit) would be very difficult for me to find elsewhere. Also, the work environment as I found is highly flexible, relaxed and anything I have to bring to the table is always listened to by Dan, James and the other co-founders with the utmost consideration.

The future…

I soon look forward to learning and writing automation test scripts in Java or Python, on and off the cloud, with the assistance of James, enabling me to better test Cocoon and essentially allowing us to release a Cocoon at the highest quality.