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Kudos

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Derived from Greek word “κῦδος”, meaning “fame” and “glory”, became particularly popular in social media nowadays. I saw the other day some friends of mine posting Kudos pictures on their LinkedIn walls, in order to thank their peers for something.

I thought it is a great idea because in our workplaces or professional lives we sometimes tend to overreact on hard, upsetting situations, but not always appreciate these tiny little acts of kindness that other people provide us with. I think of great work within the project, but also professionalism and just being a human in your company, community, and society. Sometimes we forget to say thank you or sometimes it seems obvious for us that people do a great job, because they want to and they step out their comfort zone, which, in reality, is not obvious and it requires effort.

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Local Kudos

At first, I need to say Kudos to my Man – you are the most supportive person ever!

Kudos to my great teams at New Voice Media, who helped me to expire the field of Product and taught me a lot about the project, processes, and people. Sorry for being a pain in the ass from time to time 🙂 It is an ongoing great journey, full of adventures 🙂

Kudos to the best Scrum Masters / Agile coaches at New Voice Media, who made me grow as a tester and Product Owner. There are/were people that taught me how to make Scrum fun again. I need to say κῦδος to Ewelina Wyspiańska, who is the best Scrum Master I’ve ever met and a great friend as well. She facilitates the meetings in the way that all benefit from those. (She can draw too – I can’t 😦 ). She is also one of the pillars of the Wrocław Agile community and volunteers to share her knowledge and skills with everybody.

Kudos to Helen Lisowski for amazing agile inspirations – she always says that the work of a great Scrum Master is invisible. I couldn’t agree more. She writes great articles and shares her knowledge on multiple events. She’s just great!
And, of course, kudos to Piotr Wieczerzak, who was a good spirit for the entire office and now everybody is weeping around the office, when he is not at NVM anymore.

It is important to be surrounded by the people, who believe in you, in your skills and try to cheer you up at work (for example by bringing donuts).

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Picture from: kudosmedia.com.au

Local Community Kudos

I need to say a few words about our local community heroes, people, who volunteer their time and skills to create events, write articles, blogs, do presentations for fun and for everyone else’s benefit. Kudos to great Test:Fest organizers – each year they do a stunning (FREE!) event for local testers. They not only host a fantastic conference but also take responsibility for beginner speakers and pair with them to teach how to speak in public.

Kudos to so many great individuals, who inspire me on daily basis with their knowledge and point of view (I see what you write and say on the internet!) – Aleksandra Kornecka – this girl is on fire! She speaks at the conferences, runs a community for female testers and organizes events for beginners in testing to help people join IT.

Kudos to Joanna Moćko – the good spirit of many Polish testing events – such as Testing Cup – for being a shining star on all of the conferences – always ready to help – always on time.

Kudos to Zuzanna Pacholczyk and all PL Geek Girls Carrots – I admire Zuzanna’s energy and ideas in running GGK meetings in Wrocław. I had a privilege to be part of two of them and those were very important events for me. Kudos to Zuzanna for driving women to get into technology and showing them this option as an achievable choice for a professional career.

Ladies first, but I just want, as a software tester in Poland, say kudos to Piotr Wicherski – a person who is guilty of being super-patient, super- understanding and super-helpful for all young testers looking for the answer. Piotr is a book of wisdom in the field of software testing, recruitment, and local events 🙂

Worldwide Kudos

Kudos to Daniel Knott, Rob Lambert, Jo ColantonioMaaret Pyhäjärvi, Danny Dainton, Maciej Wyrodek, Victor Slavchev , other bloggers, authors and all the people, who inspire me to grow – for great writings, even better conversations, and meetings full thought exchange.

Kudos to communities, which teach and enable testers to develop in their field and just create new opportunities for recognition.  Kudos to Ministry of testing for AAAAAAAALLLLLL they do. Kudos to Rosie and Richard, who still want to move on, write, review, present and create new communities for testers.

Kudos to Abstracta US, for empowering me and reminding that I have a blog and the audience, who is waiting for the next article 😀 It helps a lot!

Private Kudos

In the end, in the world full of terrors ;), I would like to say just kudos to YOU, my Reader, who visit the blog and even during the toughest days, when I say, oh crap, I’m closing the website, just come and read and visit and say hello sometimes on Twitter.

It is very nice to have you here 🙂

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P.S. Writing this article cheered me up a lot. I thought about all great moments I’ve had with all of you 🙂

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My Musical Freedom is over now. Through the past year – most of my time I’ve spent on rehearsing, practicing, talking, dancing, acting and singing. Quite a large chunk of work, I’d say, especially for newbies on a stage.

I have to admit – we made it. Probably even better than anybody expected.
I am proud of myself and all of us separately. I had this unique opportunity to sing on the stage, in front of 800 people gathered in the Theater – feeling that something big is going on. And feeling great.

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Agnieszka Franus – a girl who did fantastic visuals for our show – did this galactic piece of art with my face (twice) on it. Originally it is me singing Star People song 🙂 Impressive!

Here is me rehearsing my song –> YouTube –> you can watch the entire movie about improving yourself and the whole event done my Marcin Pławnicki – the movie is in Polish but has English subtitles 🙂

Wait a minute – but we are talking tech here, right?

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Right!

Summing up the musical – the closer we were to our premiere date – the more we’ve been rushing.
It sounds like

EVERY

IT

PROJECT…

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True.

I believe that each (Agile) project has those three phases:

  1. We have to deliver product x somewhere in the future.
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    We know our deadline – more less what to do, but think also about huge timeline in front of us.
  2. We have a month to the release date.
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    All hands or deck, saving the deadline, doing over hours, fixing tons of bugs 🙂
  3. After several patches, it is finally in production. 😉
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    You can rest now.

With the musical, it was pretty much the same. We’ve started from small scenes, exercises, vocal warm-ups. We did a lot of those, as the premiere date was far ahead from us. We’ve been practicing for several months, but still “had plenty of time”. We took our time to learn lyrics, scenes, prepare our roles, stenography and costumes, did it slowly with no rush, some people came up to every rehearsal, some did not. We knew our deadline but didn’t feel it yet.

When the premiere’s date emerged – I’d say during a month before The Big Day – we were able to finish all the scenes, which has been half-done for months, have all decorations and costumes prepared (at least several times in a row, because our director tended to change her mind often), learn lyrics and songs by heart, do new vocals, record them, record them again, as they were not good enough, do it all in our  rehearsal place and to it all again on the real stage in the theater. We’ve spent multiple over hours, night hours, morning hours and lunch hours rehearsing in order to make us and the audience happy.

How many times were you able to spend your extra time just to make sure that your production code work as requested? Just to make sure that the release went smooth, just to make sure that there is no issue with the production database, customer data or performance? We did pretty much the same with our theater performance.
I’d say we were extremely agile and I assume that every actor, singer, and performer is agile as well in the IT – agile way.

We had different conditions in our rehearsal hall than in the real theater and we had to adjust really quick.

Our director demanded changes in the play all the time – it was too slow, too shy, too quiet, needed more moves, fewer moves, more people, fewer people, different entrances… We had to respond to all changes at once. Each of us in individual scenes and all together as a choir, a team.
I was stunned that it all looked like a big IT project. With the same dose of chaos, energy, and motivation. People with no, quite and a lot of experience and skills, speaking different languages, having different habits and customs. Together with one goal. I think that every scrum master I know would be pleased taking part in it.

We had no daily meetings – so some of you would say – oh, so it’s not Agile, it’s not Scrum.
We were having just moving speeches done by hour director about what was good and what needs to be improved. I would compare it to a retro meeting – done daily 🙂

I believe that it is not a matter of IT project – this whole 3-stage approach. Maybe it is not even the matter of Agile, Waterfall or any other fancy way of work you choose. It is rather a way of how we – the people – tend to work. If you are a Tester, PO, Scrum Master or any Actor on a stage – you will be dedicated to your project if it matters to you.

When we have:

A GOAL that  is understandable for every member of the project team (it may include the deadline or release date as well),

COMMON APPROACH – done in a different way by different people but overall helping us act together as a team,

GOOD TEAM – they may have not an equal stage of expertise in the subject – but have to be dedicated to a task

RESPONSIVE CUSTOMER, who gives instant feedback of what to improve, what to change, what doesn’t look good.

In the end – you all can rest and celebrate the success together with the customer (or your audience).

We are on a good path to achieve success. Either in a theater, movie or within an IT project.  We’re not always right but we have to keep on it.
What do you think?

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Theater is agile. Agile is a theater.