TestBash 2015 – Sun, Sea and Test

TestBash 2015 – Sun, Sea and Test

March, Brighton and Testers can mean only one thing… TestBash is back! TestBash 2015 was the second one I’ve attended and this year did not disappoint, in fact I found it better than last year. But first, one of the reasons I was at TestBash this year was to run the Lean Coffee pre-conference event. Following the same last year, Rosie obviously deemed it not to be a total disaster and let me do it again! This year, however, I…

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How to write a covering letter if you don’t want the job

How to write a covering letter if you don’t want the job

Having now sifted through hundreds if not thousands of CVs and covering letters for software testing jobs, I felt the need to share some tips on how to write a covering letter that will make sure you are successful in the rejection of your application. No covering letter? An easy way to increase your chance of successful rejection is to not include a covering letter at all. After all, why give the recruiter the chance to get to know you…

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Agile Testing Days 2014 – Part 2

Agile Testing Days 2014 – Part 2

[Tuesday – Conference Day 1] This year I fully intended to make it to every lean coffee in the mornings, but alas I did not get off to a good start. I figured that after a 2am finish, I’d be sensible and not get up at silly o’clock for lean coffee. I was heartened to see several redgaters in the lean coffee when I walked past to breakfast, and it looked like a really good turnout. Lean coffee at conferences…

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Agile Testing Days 2014 – Part 1

Agile Testing Days 2014 – Part 1

As the annual wild ride that is Agile Testing Days comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on the last four days. This was my third year at ATD, and as strange as it may sound, it feels like coming home the minute I walk into the Dorint hotel in Potsdam, Germany and see the familiar banners. My first year at ATD blew my mind and started me on a journey that has seen me getting involved in the testing community,…

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Me, my stammer and I

Me, my stammer and I

I’ve been trying to write this article for about a year now, but with the international stammering awareness day being upon us, I figured I would just put it out there and hopefully it will help to explain the journey I have been on… The beginning… For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a stutter/stammer*. I wasn’t born with it, and according to my mum it started when I was about 4, so I enjoyed a whole 2 or…

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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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