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Quality Excites me!

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Hi Guys!

Last weekend I had a chance to be part of Quality Excites conference in Gliwice.
Fantastic energy, creative people and willingness to learn and share – those are the features which make Quality Excites SOMETHING.

Location location

Gliwice is a city in Poland.
The conference itself took place in inspiring spot, surrounded by post-manufacture buildings, adapted into modern conference rooms. Well planned conference spaces, helpful service, air conditioning ( 🙂 ) made the location work.

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The crew

What makes QualityExcites (in Gliwice) and Test:Fest (in Wrocław) special is that they are free of charge. If the tester, developer or any other person REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wants to take part in it (and has a bit of luck) – he can. He has to ‘just’ invest own time to receive knowledge and motivation in return.

It was a unique opportunity to chat with enthusiastic testers, who create local test communities in Poland.

It was my first chance to attend Quality Excites, so I won’t compare it to previous editions.
I am  truly amazed by the event’s QUALITY. I could only imagine the amount of hard work and planning hours to achieve such result. I believe that all attendees felt warmly welcomed, knew where to go and what to expect next.
No one was hungry 🙂
Everyone had coffee 🙂
WELL DONE Future Processing!!!

Me – the speaker

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I was not only the conference attendee, but I was also a speaker! They’ ve chosen me to run a panel “How to become Jedi Master“. (Lady Vader strikes back 😀 )

When I saw it in conference’s agenda – together with two other presentations and a workshop – I was both excited (because it was my panel yey!) and rather not very optimistic about the number of people coming to talk with me about Agile.

However…

Suprise! Suprise!
14 people came (sic!)
They were exchanging ideas … even arguing a bit.

IT WAS AWESOME !!!!!!!!

What was my discussion panel about?

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When a true Jedi Knight wants to become a Master, first he must answer three important questions: How to communicate in an agile team? How to on-board new hires in the project? How to share knowledge? Basically we were talking about Master Yoda and what he tells us about Agile. Obvious, isn’t it? 😀

After all, it was quite a nice discussion. Thank you, guys! – In some next post I’ll try to go deeper into this subject.

All the best

Quality Excites’ agenda consisted of vibrant workshops, panels and presentations. The pace was diverse, topics differed, so I believe that no one is disappointed.

There were several presentations about Agile, some about test automation and DevOps, what seems to be a hot topic nowadays.

I took part in several lecturers.

I loved keynote’s – Gáspár Nagy – “Behavior Driven Web UI Automation with Selenium and Cucumber/SpecFlow” the most – it was well presented, consistent and brought lots of useful ideas for better UI automation. Gáspár recommended his website bddaddict.com , so if you are interested in BDD – just browse.

One of my favorite speeches was Michał’s Buczko – “DevTest Pairing in DevOps” – during which I was able to acknowledge that:

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When you don’t pair – it makes pandas sad.
Words of wisdom
 This year’s conference was full of such brilliant words of wisdom such as:
„Spojrzała w stronę słońca Pokiwała żółtą głową, I wyszeptała do sąsiada- Już po zimie.” (3)
“Testing on production is like a foreplay after sex (“SQA in TestOps era” – Dawid Pacia, Tomasz Janiszewski)

„Spojrzała w stronę słońca Pokiwała żółtą głową, I wyszeptała do sąsiada- Już po zimie.” (1)
The bus factor – “Agile mythbusters” Michał Drzewiecki, Monika Januszek, Tomasz Lepiorz
„Spojrzała w stronę słońca Pokiwała żółtą głową, I wyszeptała do sąsiada- Już po zimie.” (2)
Proper-sized DevOps team will be full after 2 pizzas (“DevTest Pairing in DevOps” – Michał Buczko).
As you can see – we had a lot of fun out there:)
It was a pleasure to be a part of such awesome event. See you (hopefully) next year!
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Have a chip on your shoulder

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As today we have #Eurovision contest in Kiev (привет! to all of my Ukrainian friends:) ) the warming up would be music-related.

Some time ago I’ve attended a workshop, on which I’ve learned that everyone is able to sing. People claim, that they cannot sing, they have no voice or they are not talented. The truth is, that if you can hear a sound – you are able to repeat it. Less than 10% of population is not able to do it it is not likely you are in that group:) )

On the other hand, the problem with singing is more in our heads than in other organs  responsible for the act of singing (like larynx, diaphragm or mouth). Since childhood, most of us is thought that some people have “special abilities” for doing artistic things whereas the other don’t. It’s just not true.

It is our inner critique that imprisons us and makes us more harsh for ourselves than for the people around. That’s why we should open our minds and get back to the natural abilities of each human being, which is shouting, screaming and singing.

The post won’t be about singing though, but about testing and learning new things.

Since the beginning of my professional career in testing I had always a chip on my shoulder that I don’t have technical education. I did my best at work, but still was missing something. People around me – testers, developers – they all had a technical degree. I believed that they KNOW some magical things, which I didn’t know.

My education was a huge obstacle for me at the beginning, but I am not used to giving up quickly :). Eventually, I did my best and learned new things by heart from the web (thank you testerzy.pl), books, workshops and meetups.

I was wondering – am I the only person in IT industry, who thinks this way? What is more, maybe even some experienced testers feel the same way when they leave their comfort zone and start new project, new job, new team, familiarize themselves with a new technology.

Even if you work in the IT industry for a while, at the beginning of each new task you always start like:

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No matter if you are smart-ass and Technical University graduate or have completely different background (like I do).

What is my point?

Go and learn, girl! Put yourself together, boy!

There is no excuse. You don’t have technical background but want to be a tester? Learn! There is no magic. No mystery. I’ve read that IT industry has a space for anyone. Sure, it has a space for everyone… who wants to learn.

I know a bunch of testers, who graduated from different faculties, such as: English Philology, Chemistry, Architecture…. We have one thing in common – all of us spend free time on reading about agile, SQL, Java, UI, UX… and much more.

Gathering new abilities extends your horizon and exercises your brain. Think of it like of a training, which will help you remain younger and better organized.

After some time of such training you will be able to jump from this position:

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… to be more like:

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There is no worst thing than a tester who thinks he has enough. There is always not enough. You cannot stop learning, because the web changes, trends change, methodologies change and it is fast, rapid and happens now. If you don’t keep up – you become Windows XP (if you know what I mean 😉 ).

Today I want you to get up and search for something new each day. You’ve been thinking about familiarize yourself with SQL, but have no time for get it done? Find your time – 15 minutes a day, on the bus, in the queue – wherever you can.

If anyone can cook, anyone can sing – what stops you from being the best tester in the world? (Or, at least, in your organisation).

Go and make me proud!

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Happy Eastur

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Hi Boys and Girls,

Today it won’t be technical or QA-ish at all.

Today is my birthday and Easter started at the same time.

It’s raining in Wroclaw and apparently there is no spring at all…

HOWEVER!

I would like to wish you all the best and simply thank you for being here and reading my blog. Each time I post something I am surprised by the number of people visiting this space.

Thank you,

Peace and love,

Winnie’s the Pooh “Happy Eastur”.

Next time I’ll go back to Unix, promise!

:q!

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You follow the leader, because you want to

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You follow the leader, because you want to…

you follow a manager, because you have to.

This very simple truth that I’ve heard some time ago might fit to your professional career as perfect as it fits to mine. Some smart guy said to me a few days ago that people join the companies, but leave managers. This is so true.

I always thought that joining the company and considering their values and principles as important are consistent with mindset of all people inside them. Apparently – it is not. Even when company’s values are perfect and eye-catching through recruitment process for you – the real values and day-to-day behaviors of their employees may differ as much as many people work within it.

However, it may not necessarily mean that employees harm company values on purpose. Sometimes people join certain companies, because some benefits such as: technology, brand or possible profits are equally or more valuable for them than the company values. Nobody gave me the right to condemn such behavior.
On the other hand, it might mean that your manager doesn’t share the company values, which are important to you. It might also mean that your manager would not be the best leader in the world. It happens.

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The Earth is not as flat as you initially thought it would be

Let’s assume that company A strongly believes that Earth is flat.

Accidentally – you – the great geologist – believe that as well. What a coincidence!

The Earth is flat – finally somebody said it out loud! You start your recruitment process believing that you’ll change the world and FINALLY the truth will be revealed to the rest of the humanity.

All goes well and you’re joining Company A. You start your geologically – centered work and at day 1 meet Jason.

Jason is your manager.

Jason joined company A, because it is a known fact that they pay well and this is what he was looking for. On the other hand, Jason is personally strongly convinced that the Earth is not flat, but it is a tiny cube. He didn’t revealed it through recruitment process and no one noticed so far.

Jason was promoted to be a manager in company A, because he was dedicated to his work, his professional experience was flawless and his passion to tell people what to do was great. His personal believes are now started to be more visible, but not as important for the company as his performance.
Pro: Jason is a great asset for the company.
Con: He starts convincing you that maybe the Earth is not as flat as you initially thought? Maybe it is more cube-like rather than being flat?

In Polish we would call it “Sytuacja ambiwalentna” – you’ve joined the company in the first place, because you’ve shared the same values and – at the same time – you’ve been given the manager who doesn’t share those values at all.

Sometimes it is not possible to change your manager or project. Surprisingly, it may be way easier to change the company.

I won’t say that this situation is common, but it happens. As I wrote at the beginning – you follow the leader, because you want to – you follow the manager, because you have to.

It was always funny to me all those LinkedIn’s pictures showing how the REAL manager should behave in order to encourage people to be more effective at their work.
Today, I think that meeting a real leader is important to everyone’s professional career – no matter if the leader is running the whole company and is simply an inspiring person – or –  is your closest manager. Being led by wise, hard working managers, who share the same values as you do means more than money or benefits. Everyone would prefer to follow people, who support them, show them how to achieve their targets.

We spend most of our working days at work. It is a lot of time. We could use it wisely or not. It’s up to us.

I wish all of you to meet leaders only. Be inspired by them and make the change.
Don’t let yourself be managed by poor managers.
Don’t stick with the companies who promote poor managers.
Grow.

The Celebration Continues!

 

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After hours – it’s friday #piąteczek

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Hi bored IT guys and girls

You’ve been thinking – what to do on Friday? Check my after – hours Top10 IT song list🙂

Not always should you be as serious as everybody think you are.

Preparing that song-set made me fun. I was trying to choose the best known songs – but I encourage you to comment with your own ones. There is plenty on the internet. My list is subjective – because it’s mine!
My criteria: we all know it / they are funny/ people sing well/ they are creative.
Try with your own one – I’m challenging you:)

#BestITSongChallenge

What do you think?

  1. The best known – the one and only – “And so you Code”

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  2. Something exclusively for QAs – “Hello from QA”

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  3. A song about benefits of live-patching – “Uptown Funk (remix)”

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  4. And the one about SUSE love – “Can’t stop the SUSE”

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  5. Code Monkey! – “Code Monkey”

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  6. Exclusively for all #Javistas – “Java is life”

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  7. Let’s pretend it’s a song – I love it :):):) “Java forever and ever”

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    The best from Poland (I could provide you with the translations :)) :

  8. “Internety robię” – yes we do

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  9. How to make a proper IT Conference commercial : “Programistok 2016” (yey!)

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    10. That is hideous, but still funny! :D:D – “My Informatycy”

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Hope you’ll enjoy all of them:) Cheers.