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Ask me anything – Test Management

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How do I get teams to meet their testing goals when I’m so busy putting out fires all day? How do I convince management to change the testing culture within a development team? How do I motivate my team to improve their skills? If you’d like to know the answers to questions like this, join […]

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The 2018 State of Testing survey is live!

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If you’ve got a spare 15 minutes, do fill out Practitest’s#StateofTesting survey. It provides useful data for the software testing industry and the results are always interesting. It’s a great reference for talks and blog posts too, when you need to cite evidence of current trends. You can find the survey here: http://qablog.practitest.com/state-of-testing/

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Diversity starts with empathy

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Imagine working hard for years to be part of a profession that you’re excited about. Imagine going to one of your first conferences and seeing well-respected people in your profession on stage, eager to learn the advice of experienced people in the field. Now imagine that one of these people, up on stage, tells the […]

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Preparing for your presentation

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Presentations used to terrify me. I remember stressing for days about having to give a 3 minute presentation in high school about a topic of my choice. I chose “ghosts” and in my nervousness completely forgot my talk one minute in and started directly citing the textbook I’d read instead, discovering to my surprise that […]

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Interview by Fog Creek Software blog

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I was recently interviewed by Fog Creek Software’s blog about embedded testers in development teams. Check it out here to listen to me rant about how software testing needs to be a core competency of the software engineering discipline. Note: I mentioned a book in this interview “Driven by tests” but I got the name horrifically […]

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Introducing Speak Easy

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I’m delighted to announce that I have agreed to be a regional patron for Speak Easy – a program designed to increase diversity in tech conferences through dedicated conference spots, mentoring and events. Speaking at your first tech conference can be intimidating, but it’s very rewarding. I’ve written about my experiences before. If you would like to get […]

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Female technologists, let’s be heard

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As I do a lot of public speaking these days, I’m often amused to hear the feedback that I’m a “very natural speaker”. People are always surprised when I tell them that I used to be very shy. Actually “shy” doesn’t even cover it. Two years ago I reunited with my friend Masami, who is […]

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Thoughts from #telsum

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A few weeks ago I one of a lucky few to have the chance to go to the Telerik Testing Summit (#telsum). It’s an invite-only annual peer conference held in Austin, Texas and I was in good company with fellow attendees Paul Carvalho, Adam Goucher, AlanPage, Matt Brandt, Selena Delesie, Matt Barcomb, Jeff Morgan, Marlena […]