August 2, 2021

Developer’s tips for switching from MacOS to Windows 10 in 2021

How we got here I have been quite eager to shout out how much better MacOS is than Windows 10 (sorry about that). Even though I […]
May 17, 2021

A Treasure Map to DevOps Transformation

1. DevOps in a nutshell Probably almost everyone has their own definition of DevOps, but basically it is about creating better software with a team empowering […]
March 30, 2021

Test automation and test management tools 2021

Our test automation and test management communities needed some intel about what tools VALA people have experience of and what kind of positive and negative user […]
March 14, 2021

What is it really like to work at VALA Group?

Do we try to look good in your eyes and “sell” VALA to you as a great workplace? Absolutely yes. Are we honest while doing this? […]
February 16, 2021

The Art of Feedback

As discussed in our earlier blogs Tech skills become obsolete – people skills won’t and Want to make your working community pleasant and effective – start […]
January 27, 2021
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One suitable hat please

Dear current or future client,  A couple of weeks ago I read some interesting thoughts in Helsingin Sanomat. A psychologist, specialized in working life topics, said […]
January 13, 2021
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Employee NPS and retention

In the fall of 2020 we had an employee satisfaction survey and there one question was an eNPS. Additionally we’ve been examining our employee retention just […]
November 25, 2020
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Turning the page on front-end automation: Robot Framework Browser library

My journey with Robot Framework and SeleniumLibrary started in autumn 2009 at Nokia Siemens Networks. Since that I have been working on different kinds of assignments […]
November 9, 2020

First impressions interview with Tanja

Tanja, a People & Culture Specialist, has worked at VALA for about a month, so now is the perfect opportunity to get some first impression feedback […]
November 9, 2020
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First impressions interview with Ada

Ada, a People Operations Specialist, has worked at VALA for about two months, so now is the perfect opportunity to get some first impression feedback from […]
October 21, 2020
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Five most important aspects of working at VALA

In terms of workplace satisfaction, what are the most important aspects for VALA people? How have we succeeded in those? These things and more in this […]
October 2, 2020
Employees before customers – how is this good for our customers

Employees before customers – how is this good for our customers?

Some years ago we made a bold decision, we announced that our employees are prioritised over our customers. I don’t remember exactly when this was, maybe […]
September 8, 2020

VALA business status check and the lessons learnt

Business status check It’s been a while since we’ve shared some insights into our business and life in general at VALA. That long actually, that this […]
August 14, 2020

Mitä DevOps on – Neljä näkökulmaa

DevOps lienee yksi IT-alan moniulotteisimmista termeistä. Onko se kulttuuria vai puhutaanko teknisistä asioista? Mitä ihmettä DevOps-asiantuntija oikein tekee työkseen? Termille ei myöskään tunnu löytyvän yleispätevää mutta […]
August 4, 2020
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VALA’s professional communities – Part 3

At the moment, VALA is made up of 107 people. These 107 people work within various fields, from test automation to customer management, software development to […]
July 7, 2020
Vala professional communities part 2

VALA’s professional communities – Part 2

At the moment, VALA is consists of 107 people. These 107 people work within various fields, from test automation to customer management, software development to people […]
June 23, 2020
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Human Factors Affecting Software Quality

This is a continuation to the blog post: “What Software Testing Is Not and What It Can Not Achieve”. Introduction The more time I have spent […]
June 8, 2020
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VALA’s professional communities – Part 1

At the moment, VALA is made up of 107 people. These 107 people work within various fields, from test automation to customer management, software development to […]
May 25, 2020
ohjelmistotestauksen trendit 2020

Ohjelmistotestauksen trendit 2020

Vuoden 2020 vauhdikkaan alun jälkeen on tullut sopiva aika koota jälleen ajatuksia ohjelmistotestauksen trendeistä. Tulevat trendit riippuvat paljolti siitä keneltä kysytään ja mikä on tarkastelun näkökulma. […]
April 21, 2020
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Company culture in a time of turbulence

I believe it was the English philosopher and economist John Locke, who coined the phrase “When shit hits the fan, company culture is there to wipe […]
March 17, 2020
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VALA is the employer brand of the year

We are stunned, proud, confused and happy. VALA was chosen as the most successful employer brand of the year in Alma Media’s event carrying the same […]
February 26, 2020

How to keep a small company vibe with 100 employees

I have a 1-year-old daughter, and I’m part of a 12-year-old company. Although there’s nothing better than to see both of these growing and learning new […]
February 3, 2020
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Don’t compare automated testing with human testing

Many times test automation is described as a time saver, more precisely, a saver of time spent on manual testing. Which is all true and good. […]
January 20, 2020
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What software testing is not and what it can not achieve

Introduction This is the second part of a two-part blog post on what software testing is and is not, and what it can and can not […]
January 8, 2020
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2019 in numbers

2020 is already in its second week, so it’s time to wrap up 2019.  Often when companies talk about the success of the previous year (or […]
November 26, 2019
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SLUSH Summary – Major issues in Finnish work cultures

For a few days, when sunlight is at its minimum during the month of November, the city of Helsinki turns into a huge multicultural rendezvous’ of […]
November 19, 2019
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Want to make your working community pleasant and effective? Start with yourself

This post is a continuation for my colleague Jari’s post: Tech skills become obsolete with time, people skills won’t. As Jari pointed out in the previous […]
November 12, 2019
Tech skills become obsolete with time, people skills won't

Tech skills become obsolete with time, people skills won’t

The main focus for IT consultants is often in technical skills. But does a software project often end up succeeding or failing based on the project […]
October 31, 2019

What Software Testing Is and what it Can Achieve

This is a continuation of my previous blog post: “Serious mistakes that could have been avoided: Lessons we can learn through software testing“. Introduction In my […]
October 24, 2019
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VALA to fund a children’s book about software testing

Programming has been in the curriculum of Finnish primary schools since 2016. It’s clear that there is a huge need for the children of today to […]
October 15, 2019
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VALA Employee Satisfaction Survey results 9/2019

The results are in for our latest employee satisfaction survey. Here’s a short summary in text, if you prefer to just view the visual version, scroll […]
October 8, 2019
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VALA’s new way of compensating emissions – We’ll start growing a forest

VALA will continue to compensate its people’s whole carbon footprint and more in 2020. So far, we’ve done this with the help of a partner called […]
October 2, 2019
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Mitä itseohjautuvuus vaatii työnantajalta

Itseohjautuvuudesta pöhistään edelleen, ja näkökulmista sen tarpeeseen ja toimivuuteen tullaan kiistelemään varmasti vielä jatkossakin. Kerron kuitenkin nyt, mitä koen onnistuneen itseohjautuvuuden vaativan työnantajalta. Vaikka itseohjautuvuus on […]
September 18, 2019
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Testing Assembly 2019 visitor survey – Trends and future of quality assurance

For the fifth year in a row we conducted a survey for the visitors of Testing Assembly seminar. Once again, the subject of the survey was […]
September 2, 2019
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Helping customers reach their goals makes testing meaningful

In the background of our daily tasks it is helpful to remind ourselves about the people we are doing the testing for – the end user […]
August 20, 2019

VALA’s culture explained through examples

My previous blog post explained through examples how VALA’s values manifest themselves in our daily life. As a continuation, I’ll now give similar examples on how […]
July 29, 2019
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DevOps Days Amsterdam 2019

We had an idea to go to the DevOps Days 2019 conference in Amsterdam and soon the tickets were bought and we were in the plane […]
July 23, 2019

VALA’s values explained through examples

How do company values actually affect daily work life?  In order not to bore the reader with long philosophical ramblings on what constitutes company values and […]
June 19, 2019
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4 syytä miksi haluamme palkata opiskelijoita

Olet kirmaamassa kesälaitumille. Ei huolen häivää tulevaisuudesta, kesäloma ja kaverit odottaa. Tai kenties sinulla on vielä viimeinen virkamiesruotsin tentti tehtävänä? Pian koittaa kuitenkin aika, kun se […]
June 19, 2019
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Amount of Slack messages indicating company success – what the hell?

New strategy, no more ham So now we have the manuscript ready. Our new vision contains the term “sustainable impact”. Our new mission involves “culture” as […]
June 14, 2019

The ability to collaborate and learn is more important than technical skills – insights from NTD 2019

A couple weeks ago, me, my four colleagues and around 600 other professionals gathered in Tallinn, Estonia to attend Nordic Testing Days. I had attended the […]
June 11, 2019

Interview with our test automation engineer Arthur

How can we make the world a better place with programming? To make the world a better place the world issues should be solved. Not every […]
June 10, 2019
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Interview with our test automation engineer Meri

Making mistakes and learning from them is important at VALA. Can you tell a story of a time you f***ed up? I can think of a […]
May 23, 2019

VALA updated its strategy for 2019-2022

Once again we updated our strategy with the same comprehensive development model that has proven to be suitable for our company. Here’s the model in short: […]
May 14, 2019
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Serious Mistakes that Could Have Been Avoided: Lessons We Can Learn through Software Testing

Introduction Software testing – a subject a lot of people have opinions on, and many of them unfounded, misguided, or just plain wrong. Every professional software […]
May 8, 2019
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Increasing work place meaningfulness with responsible actions

Not long ago, corporate responsibility used to be a somewhat dull and even forced aspect in companies’ strategies. Large companies needed to be responsible enough to […]
April 16, 2019

Mitä ottaa huomioon QA-kumppanin valinnassa?

Useimmat yritykset haluavat omistajuuden omien digipalveluiden kehityksestään. Samalla varsinkin pienen tai keskikokoisen yrityksen ei välttämättä ole järkevää rakentaa itse kyvykkyyksiä ohjelmistojen laadunvarmistukseen tai automaation rakentamiseen. Myös […]
March 25, 2019
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Empatiaakin voi oppia

Onnellisuus työpaikalla rakentuu monesta osa-alueesta, joista yksi tärkeimmistä on yhteispeli kollegoiden kanssa. Siksi olisi mielestäni kaikkien tärkeää aina silloin tällöin miettiä, miten voisi itse olla vielä […]
March 14, 2019
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Four reasons why happy employees are good for your company

Dear current or potential customer of ours, this one is for you. You’ve heard it before, happy employees equal happy customers. Everyone can see the logic […]
February 7, 2019

Robot Framework – A Fit-for-all tool?

Many times you can hear a claim that a tool or a technology is so easy and simple to use that everyone can do it – […]