Bloggers Club: I wish I knew more about…

I wish I knew more about…

Git and Source Control. Continue reading “Bloggers Club: I wish I knew more about…”

4 Books Which I’ve Found Useful for my Testing

 1. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

I heard from quite a few people how beneficial this book was for them. About six or seven years ago, I tried to read it, but couldn’t get into it – then I tried again about two years ago and really enjoyed it.

It’s an intense read and focuses a lot on cognitive biases – a lot of which I come across in day-to-day testing. Continue reading “4 Books Which I’ve Found Useful for my Testing”

My learning journey while on maternity leave

Almost nine months ago, I gave birth to our daughter. A few weeks before then, I had started my maternity leave and since then has been the longest time (since I’ve started working) that I’ve been away from the testing world.

I made a conscious choice to step back from testing while on maternity leave and not try to up-skill in that area during what little free-time I did have. Babies like to be constantly entertained it seems; or at least – mine does.

However, I really enjoy learning – learning languages, new skills, about people and broadening my horizon. Therefore, I decided to still have a learning journey on maternity leave, but with some adaptions. Continue reading “My learning journey while on maternity leave”

TestBash Brighton 2019: Morning Workshop on “Context Driven Coaching… There is no script.”

In the morning I attended Martin Hynie‘s and Chris Blain\’s workshop on Context Driven Coaching… There is no script.

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Reflecting on leading a Testing Community of Practice Part II

For Part I go here

Devoting time and effort – when I have it

While I’m on my project my priority is as a tester in my scrum team. Therefore, I only devote time and effort when I have it. Some weeks I’m very busy in my team and barely give the CoP a second thought; other weeks I have more time to prepare a presentation or approach people to give presentations (or look up topics to see what people may find interesting to hear about from others).

I really appreciate the flexibility. While there is an expectation that something happens regularly, it seems that definition of “regularly” has become roughly once a month. Continue reading “Reflecting on leading a Testing Community of Practice Part II”

Reflecting on leading a Testing Community of Practice Part I

For about 4-6 months, I have been leading the Testing Community of Practice at my current project. Before then there were 4 of us being co-leads (for 6 months ish) before I was approached to see if I wanted to drive it and be the lead. I said yes – and said I wanted to see if I was a good fit as a lead, if I had the energy/desire for it and if there was a need/desire for a Testing CoP in the first place. Continue reading “Reflecting on leading a Testing Community of Practice Part I”

Reminding myself about how one’s experience shapes one’s point of view

As I am helping introduce Exploratory Testing to our current project, there is one thing I’ve had to remind myself over and over and over again.

One’s experience shapes one’s point of view.

When having a discussion, or trying to convince someone of my point of view, I try to consciously remember this.

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The limitations of Acceptance Criteria

According to Software Testing Class, Acceptance Criteria are conditions which a software application should satisfy to be accepted by a user or customer.

Often these can also be used to guide the testing for a testing team. If the acceptance criteria are met, then the story has passed. You can choose to test strictly against the acceptance criteria by using test cases or exploratory testing etc. and then once each acceptance criteria has been “ticked off”, you can mark testing as done.

The thing is – acceptance criteria has its limitations.

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Developing your thoughts: Talking out loud

Now that I’ve started actively preparing for my “Testing so you can move on” talk at Testbash Belfast and Romanian Testing Conference, I’ve started to notice how my thought process is developing as a result of talking out loud.

Bit of background first so you have an idea how I’m preparing:

  • I’m focussing on getting my first draft done (almost there, just need to expand a bit more on one of my key points first)
  • Then I’ll start on the slides
  • I’ll look into how the slides and talk “fit” each other
  • Then I’ll go back and forth between slides and talk aiming to reach a deliverable presentation ASAP
  • After that, just refine until I deliver the presentation

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