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Change starts with me – Agile Testing Days 2015 – Day 3

Change starts with me – Agile Testing Days 2015 – Day 3

The final day is here, and looking at the programme, it was to prove to be a bit of a mixed bag. Inspiring The first keynote of the day was by Selena Delesie (@SelenaDelesie), a lovely lady who I had the pleasure to meet both her and her son at least years conference. Her keynote, ‘Agile leadership lessons’, started with some interesting questions like “if you could have dinner with any person alive, who would it be?”. Selena’s was Richard…

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What sort of tester am I?

What sort of tester am I?

After wandering alone in the testing wilderness for 15 years, I found my way 3 years ago when I attended my first testing conference. It opened my eyes to the passion, and diversity of the testing community. In fact it showed me there was a community! I finally started reading lots of articles, a few books, writing a blog, attending conferences and even speaking at a few. But recently something has been bothering me. The more I get involved in…

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Inspiring times

Inspiring times

Inspiration comes from many sources and this was no more evident than at TestBash 3. I hadn’t though much about what I was looking to get out of the conference as the previous few weeks had been exclusively working on and worrying about my own presentation. Even once at the conference, organising the lean coffee, then spend the rest of the day worrying about my talk didn’t really give me any time to think about much else. That said, my…

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Lean coffee at TestBash

Lean coffee at TestBash

Agile testing days 2012, Lisa Crispin and twitter was the combination of things that gave me my first lean coffee experience. It helped me to meet other testers at the conference, and showed me that I had some experiences to offer others as well as learning so much from them in return. Fast forward 18 months and after getting accepted to speak at TestBash 3, I email Rosie Sherry and offer to run a lean coffee at the conference. I…

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WHOSE – WorksHop on Self Education in software testing

WHOSE – WorksHop on Self Education in software testing

mheusser: “So @chrisg0911 want to attend WHOSE?” , that’s how it all started. A tweet from Matt Heusser that led to one of the most intense, challenging yet fun and enjoyable events of my professional life so far. WHOSE: WorksHop On Self Education in software testing. This was an Association for Software Testing workshop organised by Matt Heusser. We were charged with the task of creating a ‘skills inventory’ for the AST to be used by testers for their personal…

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Agile Testing Days 2013 – Day 3 – Is it a bird? Is it a plane? …

Agile Testing Days 2013 – Day 3 – Is it a bird? Is it a plane? …

Last year I was in the Hotel Am Jägertor down the road from the Dorint, and even though it was a 10-15 min walk away, managed to make every lean coffee. This year we managed to get into the Dorint, and it’s a very different experience! Every evening ended up in the hotel bar, and I found myself socialising so much more this year. However, this probably explains yet another missed lean coffee! I must add that this was not due…

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Agile Testing Days 2013 – Day 2 – Certification and documentation ;-)

Agile Testing Days 2013 – Day 2 – Certification and documentation ;-)

After such a good night at the MIATPP award event, it was rather difficult getting up on the morning of day 2, and all aspirations to attend Lean Coffee again evaporated in favour of an extra half hour in bed! First keynote of the day was Christian Hassa Live it – or leave it: returning your investment into Agile. The gist of this presentation was that you can adopt all the agile processes in the world, but ultimately if you don’t…

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Agile Testing Days 2013 – Day 1 – Green is not always good!

Agile Testing Days 2013 – Day 1 – Green is not always good!

The opening keynote was delivered by Andrea Tomasini, Agile testing is nonsense, because agile is testing. On the face of it, this was a somewhat contentious title given the audience, but the sentiment was intriguing. Testing is an approach, an attitude to apply to a situation, any situation, and not necessarily done by testers. So I kind of agree here, Testing is a mindset, and Testers are not the only ones to have it! Andrea talked about the trap that…

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Agile Testing Days 2013 – Tutorial Day

Agile Testing Days 2013 – Tutorial Day

Potsdam, October… it must be Agile Testing Days! Ok the observant among you will realise that last year it was in November…  Anyway, after my first conference last year I was very excited to return this year, and as a consensus speaker! Sounds strange, but walking into the conference on the tutorial day, had a ‘coming home’ feeling, especially getting re-acquainted with Pete Walen, Matt Heusser, Lisa Crispin, Janet Gregory and Carlos Ble, not to mention new friends Dan Ashby…

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Testing: An Obvious Career Choice

Testing: An Obvious Career Choice

Back in June, I read with much interest the article by  John Stevenson which discussed career progression for testers. This really struck a chord at the time (and still does) because we have just started wrestling with this issue in my current company. Following some worries around employee engagement, myself (head of test engineering) and the rest of the functional head team (software engineering, project management, technical authoring, user experience) set about talking to each and every one of the people within…

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