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Kudos

kudos

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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TestWarez 2017 – Complexity

I’m back 🙂

I’ve spent last two days in Toruń getting as much from the best known Polish QA conference – TestWarez – as possible. Each time I take part in such event – I feel like home. People, who have similar mindset, who want to change the world and improve their skills, vivid atmosphere, rush, noise and loads of coffee. All at once and each one separately.

It was my first time at this event, I had some expectations, but the reality was different. Let’s face the truth – TestWarez is great at the point where you can meet people and talk to them, but it has nothing to do with modern worldwide trends in software testing. When, at the same time, at Agile Testing Days in Potsdam speakers talk about exploratory, supporting women (#SupportAfganGirlsRoboticsTeam) and testing web services – TestWarez’es agenda provided us with such innovative ideas like “there are tools more advanced that Excel to report your bugs” (psssst – it is no longer a Stone Age) or “manual tester/automation tester” (15 kittens died during that presentation, if you know what I mean @MichaelBolton).

Don’t get me wrong – it is not about playing down the conference, but maybe it’s time to move on and look around? Maybe, it would be good to see that there is a world out there beyond ISTQB certification – full of fresh ideas how to improve teamwork.

There were some brilliant speeches as well, but they were rather very good talks than innovative ones. Sadly for me, the more I attend conferences – the more I expect – and maybe it’s not the point. I think SJSI – the main organizer – missed the boat in delivering value instead of package. Maybe it’s time to introduce English – only track (if not the whole event) and mark it in the agenda. It’s a shame when foreign guests are not able to benefit from the event as well due to language barrier.

On the other hand – we have such brilliant events in Poland like TestFest or Quality Excites that are alive,  creative and give new energy. In addition,  maybe the events, that don’t cost an arm and a leg, base on true stories and “we can do it” approach, create more value and QA spirit.

Nevertheless, I had great time in unique surrounding of Toruń – old Polish city. I get together with my friends from testing community, talked for hours with testers from all over the country and enjoyed the event a lot.

So – back to square one – my top 5 speeches (and one discussion panel) – from what I’ve selected during the conference. You should definitely look for them, as soon as they emerge on TestWarez YouTube channel.

  1. O sile optymizmu oraz zwinnym rozwoju osobistym – Jędrzej Osiński

It was not exactly about testing, but rather about personal development in general. Light weight presentations, with well-balanced amount of examples made me re-think my life choices any my priorities in life. Very inspiring and pretty fun! My list of books-to-read widened a lot since Friday 😀 Thank you @dr_hawaii

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2. ZEN testów wydajnościowych – Jakub Chabik

There was a lot at TestWarez about performance testing. It seems – this subject is getting trendy nowadays. When our applications run in production quite well – all we have to do is stress them and check how many users can we serve at once. This presentations gave me the receipt how to start, how to manage the environment and which mistakes to avoid since the beginning of my performance testing. Well organized speech – original ZEN- related surrounding – well done!

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3. A proper gun makes testing fun – Tomasz Dubikowski

It may be the first time when Tomek’s speech is not on the top of my list 🙂
The talk was fun as always. Tomek’s jokes, minions and colorful slides shall provide you with all you need from a good speech. He was talking about performance testing as well, gave some epic fails examples and coded live (successfully) using Gatling. I hope we’ll have the opportunity to see it live again on some other event.

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4. What tester can learn in support – Maciej Wyrodek

This talk was a story about Maciek’s journey as a software tester and it was focused on his first job. He had a lot to do with a support of his product – not only with testing. Below slide summaries this job perfectly.
Testing is not the end – support is!
Maciek’s talk was entertaining, as he used (my) trick with candies 😉 He played a game with the audience, so nobody got bored. The talk was in English – so once it’s on YT – all of you can hear the story.

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5. Jak zaplanować testy, żeby nie wylądować w czarnej d…ziurze – Łukasz Pietrucha. – discussion panel

I can remember when Łukasz hosted first WrotQA (local testers meetups in Wrocław – the city I live in) meetings. It was long time ago in a galaxy far far away. It was a time when I wore diapers as a software tester 🙂

Today, he is a storyteller and a professional speaker. As I wrote about the discussion panel itself in my previous post – I have to admit that I’m impressed by the talk itself. We had an opportunity to take part in moderated discussion at professional level. People were truly involved and took some examples fro themselves, I believe.

I’ve enjoyed it a lot 🙂

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6. Przychodzi tester na rozmowę – Patryk Hemperek

The dilemma was big – Patryk and Kamila Mrozek (my ‘homies’ from Worcław) had their presentations at the same time (come oooon TestWarez!). As I saw Kamila in action before – I decided to support Patryk at his speech about evolving as a software tester. He was talking about his journey and experiences as a software tester and focused on gaining new skill to improve test automation in his project. Very instructive talk –
I recommend it especially to all of you who would like to start their journey as a software tester.

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I wish I could see more – but I was the only one among 5 (!!!) tracks at once. There was some about test automation, lot about performance testing and even more about ISTQB – related stuff. I hope I’ll see more online.

… And one more thing – 4 – in my opinion the most tempting presentations – were scheduled during the last slot on Friday. 70% of the conference attendees had left before the speeches started 😦 It made me sad. It is horrible to talk to the empty room. It is also horrible to give a great talk that no one listens to.
Re-think it, please – both organisers and attendees.

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