VALA blog

A blog with posts about software quality assurance and automation, and the business around these. VALA blog posts are written by VALA people from software developers to managing director. 

We like to post about current topics relating to software quality assurance, testing, test automation, RPA, development etc. We also share honest and transparent stories about our successes, failures and ways of working as a company.

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 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 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 […]

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