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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 […]

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One simple suggestion to encourage more women into IT

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Last week I wrote a blog post about a conversation I had with a young girl about women who work in technology. I did not anticipate such a massive response! #1 on Hacker News and almost 40,000 page visits in 24 hours. I’m encouraged to know that so many people are thinking about this topic. […]

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Testing Positive

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I gave a talk at the Sydney Testers Meetup last year called something very New-Age-sounding like “The Power of Positive Testing”. It was a short talk with a positive message so I thought I’d spruce it up a bit and present it to the London Tester Gathering now that I live on this side of […]