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#Changes

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I’m baaaack 🙂

Three fantastic news to be revealed at the same time, as I promised.

Thrilling news No.1 as a main course:  
My journey at UBS is over. It was a fantastic time and I’ve learned a lot, however, now it is time to move on. As some of you already know, since September I am beginning my adventure with New Voice Media.
I can’t wait and really looking forward to do some awesome things in the area of testing and agile.

Social news – as No.2 –
I’ve started a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KingaTest.blog/ to keep in touch with my (not only) Polish readers. It will be in Polish:)
I’ll try to post there updates about fantastic testing events (not only) in Wrocław and maybe more of my mobile-related discoveries. Fell free to Like!, Share or contact me through this channel, comment articles, posts and whatever you wish.
I wish it to be a common social IT-related space.

Conference News No3. –
September is going to be a busy month – I would like to meet you all at 3 fantastic events:
21st – QA talk at DataArt Wrocław
23rd – Wrocław Agile Day
28th – SeeTest in Sofia

Let’s meet and have a chat!

And exciting news No.4 –
I do believe that working in IT and earning money obliges us to help the others, who were not as lucky as we are – especially people in need. I always try to support various initiatives such as SiePomaga, Fundacja Gajusz or Fundacja Anny Dymnej.

Can we do more?

Together with quite large group of people from UBS, Credit Suisse, Epam, XL Catlin we’re preparing A MUSICAL called Freedom.
Yeeeeeeeeeees. Kinga Witko will be singing (and dancing – oh Lord) 🙂
All for Fundacja Jaśka Meli.

We do it for charity, but have amazing fun at the same time 🙂

Imagine bunch of IT and bank-related people singing and dancing on a real stage. 🙂 Insane. That will be huge! Our project lasts for couple of months now, but currently it speeds up! Great premiere will take place in April 2018 in one of REAL theaters in Wrocław. I’ll try to keep you updated on social media, as it’s now official 🙂

I would like to invite you all to Wrocław in April to be a part of this fantastic event, but in the meantime – you can support Jasiek Mela – or any other people in need.
Let’s be the change!
Let’s be open.
Let other people grow.

Cheers!

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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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‘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.