It’s been an intense month in a my personal life and even more intense (exciting!) months to come. So before I get too busy, let’s turn my notes (that can only be read by me), into a blog post!
In early April this year, I had the honour of speaking at Testbash Essentials on the Wednesday. I also had the opportunity to attend the main Testbash Conference on the Friday and learn a lot from the speakers.
Here are my notes on what I learned in the first few talks I was able to attend (I had to leave a bit early to make my flight back home).
Lisi Hocke – Cross team Pair testing: Lessons of a testing traveller.
- Having a learning partner, who keeps her accountable really works well for Lisi.
- Vulnerability: Both revealed to each other they are newer
- Never get stuck: Then can trigger new ideas with each other.
- Making implicit knowledge explicit
- She now has a better understanding of what she knows and what she doesn’t know yet.
- Expand her network –> so she can learn more in the future.
Claire Reckless and Jahmel Harris – United by Security: The Test that Divides us.
- They started with STRIDE
- Whole team activiity
- Outcomes fed into requirements
- Long sessions
Jim Holmes – Changing testing culture in a ginormous company
- Think about helping the business to succeed (don\’t just think about the user)
- Communicate throughout – not just at the end.
- Spread the testing competency throughout the team (work ourselves out of this specific job)
- Push for continual improvement
- Learn the business so you can advocate yourself
- Manage expectations on how slow it can be for things to change in a large organisation –> there’s only so much you can do to speed it up
- You don’t need permission to be awesome
- It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission
- Lots of people were stagnant
- Power hungry
- Driven by fear
- You can’t fix everything
- Focus on what’s important
- What’s the most valuable thing I can do?
- Fear (of change)
- It can be very difficult to start something new in a large organisation
- But you can try tie your idea to an exisiting initiative (i.e. because budget already exists)