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How to become Jedi tester

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Lady Vader

That will be the blog post explaining where my new nick name is coming from:) And, in some more details, what my discussion panel at the Test:Fest conference was about.

Can you see the picture above? I used that to describe myself instead of my personal one. Best idea ever. Thanks to Tomek Olszewski – one of the Test:Fest organizers – I become “Lady Vader”.

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Test:Fest

As you probably know, I had an opportunity to speak at Test:Fest conference that took place in Wrocław last weekend. Title of the discussion panel was “How to become Jedi tester” and I tried to combine agile ideas with Star Wars background there. You’ve asked me if I could write something more abut the panel itself. Let me try:)

My biggest fear was if anyone would talk during the panel, but apparently everyone was eager to speak:)

As agile is my favorite working approach and methodology – I like to talk about it and hear people’s opinion. I believe that everyone would like to be the real Jedi – why not to become Jedi tester?

Our force is quality:) We have power!

My Jedi-related panel consisted of 3 main areas:

Do you Agile?

Will “Tester” survive?

Is agile certification worthless?

Agile

It was clear very soon that everyone understands agile in a different way. Some of attendees thought about agile as a whole package (team, scrum, kanban, retrospectives), others implemented just some elements in their projects. On the other hand agile is the ability to be adoptive to changing project environment, so that was also an issue during our discussion.

There was even one brave-heart who confessed that he works in waterfall (We support you). Discussion was vivid, so I am happy with the result.

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Will “Tester” survive?

My point is that when we’re talking about whole team approach, roles of each team members should consist of : PM, BI, dev and test duties. During the discussion it occurred to us that everybody thinks that this is a tester role to adopt – to be agile. Did you hear about developer gathering requirements or testing (by heart) his own code? Nice output btw.

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Is agile certification worthless?

I’ll leave you with this question as there is as many opinions as people. Should you have any comments, write them down here or tweet me.

I would also thank everyone taking part in the panel and discussion, it was a pleasure to meet you.

 

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Test:Fest Wrocław

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My first time as a speaker during testing conference

It won’t be a objective opinion about Test:Fest conference that took place in Wrocław (Poland) yesterday. It will be highly subjective, as they allowed me to run a discussion panel about agile there 🙂 #fame #MeSpeaking

Apart from this amazing fact, I would like to give a short feedback from attendee/speaker’s point of view.

Test:Fest

This free conference has 3-year long tradition now. People, who put it into life, dedicated their spare time, over hours and plenty of good will to make it happen. This year the event was amazing – over 400 attendees, 26 speakers and whole-day event. Awesome.

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Presentations

All presentations were great and well prepared – my favorites: Antoni Roszak (Wojna o jakość, czyli co ma lotnictwo wojskowe do testowania) talking about battle that testers fight for quality and Tomek Dubikowski (Level up your Quality) with his game 😀

 

My debut

The most stressful for me – talking to people about agile and getting feedback. There were surprisingly lot of attendees at my discussion panel (How to become Jedi tester). Discussion was vivid and involving. All went quite well, so I think I’ve done my homework.

I had the one and only supporter Daria – who stood behind my back and was amazingly supportive the whole day and during the panel.

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In the end – my presentation was ranked as 3rd best so… not bad, isn’t it? I believe that everyone now is able to be the real Jedi tester in their teams.

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Summary

I am very excited that I had an opportunity to meet people and talk to them. I love such events as this is a unique chance to meet people that I basically know from Twitter or Facebook.
The whole event was great success. Starting from crowded reception with dozens of people waiting for registration, through well-organized coffee brakes and amazing spot, to the calm and chilling after party. You can feel that Test:fest is created by people and their involvement.
Testing is growing in Poland, so do we!

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‘Social’ is your second name

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It’s been a while since I used my favorite cartoon graphics, but for me – Minions – are great metaphor of software testers. They are dedicated to work, creative and hard-working. They lack the common language, but still communicate a lot with one another. They seem to be irreplaceable and sleepless at the same time.

Some mean people might say that a Minion might also be a perfect synonym of
a corporation employee, but what would I know? 🙂 As friend of mine used to say –
I am just a poor tiny tester.

Be a social nerd

What this post would be about? Mainly about doing and talking.

Tester, as a member of the team, who usually faces customer as often as other team members, is not just a geek. Not only within the agile projects, he seems to be the most ‘people’ person. Even when he is not – he is expected to be one. 🙂 That might be surprising for introverts, who focus on quality, and at the same time, hide themselves from the world.

Does it mean that being a tester is not only to proceed the testing itself?

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When you are a novice in software testing world, you might wonder – isn’t the whole testing thing about checking quality of the software products? It is, but traditional software testing process consists of many elements such as:

1)    Planning and Control
2)    Analysis and Design
3)    Implementation and Execution
4)    Evaluating exit criteria and Reporting
5)    Test Closure activities

In agile projects that would be all of them combined together, proceeded in non-structured form with great dose of planning, talking to people and expecting the unexpected.

Today I know also, that in testing there is a lot about talking. In worst case scenario, you might end up with talking to yourself. But what I’m thinking is talking to people. The more you talk the more you know.

Share your knowledge

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Testing within the project might be notorious and repetitive work, BUT it gives you  unique opportunity to learn certain things. What is more, those things you do on daily basis, are dedicated to your project. Even if your team is using the same set of tools and approaches as a friend of yours elsewhere – you may use them differently.

What is a benefit of this situation? You know things that no one else knows. You could use  a tool that some people may have heard of, but never used them in the way that you do. And, last but not least, your way of using them might be inspiring for someone else.

Why am I even writing about it? Because to level up your skills – you have to share your knowledge.

No matter if that is among your team members, your colleagues among organisation or with a bunch of guys attending meetups. You might loose your uniqueness in the range of skill set, but maybe you’ll help someone else to solve they inner-project problems.

Some time ago I was convinced that being a novice tester means to listen and learn – nothing more. In addition, I was also sure that just like John Snow – I knew nothing. After some time within the industry I realized, that there are so many aspects of testing that no one is able to know all of them.

Being a part of several projects gave me a chance to learn great approaches and tools, so why shouldn’t I share that knowledge with others? I started from my company, when I did a speech about issues in mobile UI testing and guess what – there were people who have never heard of things that I was talking about. That gave me a kick:) I still know nothing, but I try to share all of that little things which I am familiar with.

I would like to encourage you to speak at events and conferences. The benefit would be mutual – for you and your audience. I’ve learned that presentations might be technical or completely not – but still inspiring. And all of it is good.

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Go ahead and save the world.