A Distributed Exploratory Test Workshop

 

I had the honour of doing my first ever distributed work. So far, I had managed to avoid it. That was mainly by accident, or luck, depending on how you look at it. My first experience with distributed working was a deep dive, because instead of a simple meeting I had to give a workshop on Exploratory Testing. Most of the participants were in another country, somewhere at the other side of Europe, while I was in Amsterdam with 2 other people present.

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Best Practice?

A post about best practices? Bitch, please.

I might get a tad obnoxious in this post. If that ain’t your thing, I warned you now!

Some time ago, I witnessed my personal record of “best practices”. I was attending a presentation where these cursed words were thrown around carelessly. I counted at least 10 of them (DING DING DING)! It seemed like I was the only one being annoyed by the use of these words, the presenters themselves didn’t seem aware of what they were saying. That’s an assumption, but in the same presentation they also said the reasonable words “it depends”, so that’s why I think they weren’t aware. That made me quite confused. I tried to engage in discussion to see if they were aware of these contradictory statements “best practice” versus “it depends”, but I was met with confusion and I was probably perceived as that person (the annoying person that corrects others, in this context). Continue reading

TestBash NL 2017 Conference Day Live Blog

A TestBash conference in my own hometown, that is like a dream come true! Going there on my bike, super nice. I’ll try to live blog the whole conference day, hope it’ll be useful to you.

Technically, this is already the second day of TestBash NL 2017. Yesterday we had a day filled with workshops. In the morning, Cirilo and I gave a workshop on Specification by Example. Our group was very involved, so we had a great time.

After lunch, I chose to go to Gitte’s workshop on finding your courage. That was an amazing afternoon! A great serendipity moment as well, because this was just what I needed. I cannot tell you what was discussed in the group, but it was really special to hear what personal stories people had to share. What we did discuss that can be shared publicly is the question: ’what is courage’. We came to the conclusion that it’s a very personal thing. What is a courageous act for someone else, can be a piece of cake for you. And most courageous acts require you to go out of your comfort zone. You have to be motivated to do that! If you do courageous acts only for someone else, you risk going too far of you comfort zone into the ‘danger zone’. So, take baby steps and try to find a safe space to do new things that are (a bit) scary for you. Continue reading

How to come up with ideas for blogging

It is with great irony that I present you this article on getting more ideas to blog about. It’s not like I’m the most productive person when it comes to writing blog posts, although it’s not the lack of ideas that’s stopping me. It’s more, you know, good old procrastination that is my problem. In any case, if your problem is getting ideas, then do read on!

For me, ideas for blog posts don’t come when I consciously take a seat at the table and force myself to think about them. It’s a creative process! You have to get to know the way your mind works (I got this knowledge from the free Coursera course Learning How to Learn, btw). When you are focusing on a task your brain goes into a mode that is, very surprisingly, called “focused mode”. This mode is very good for learning new things, writing, programming, what have you. You can imagine that this mode doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for other things. It’s also a way of using your brain that cannot be continued for an entire day. Continue reading

Agile Testing Days 2016: Wrap Up!

It’s a good thing Pete Walen was attending ATD again, because my live blogging efforts weren’t up to par this year. I posted two blogs so far, but they were neither live nor very detailed. It’s just that I didn’t attend a lot of talks this year. It seems that every year I go to less talks. Don’t assume that I do less learning that way! Instead, I spend my time pursuing certain goals. This year my goals were: pairing with someone, getting to know certain people better and explore making new connections. This is what makes the conference valuable and fun to me. So, did all these things happen? Continue reading