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I am mentoring 20 people at once

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About a month ago I started a program called “Group Mentoring”. Now I have over 20 mentees, in 6 different countries! Crazy, right? What is group mentoring? Group mentoring is a series of hour-long online workshops tailored to your career goals. Each group has just 2-4 mentees, ensuring that your mentor has adequate time to spend […]

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The best developers test their code

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I am always surprised at how many software developers I meet who are reluctant to write unit tests. Writing good tests is a crucial part of becoming an expert software developer. The best developers I know all consider writing unit tests a crucial part of software development. All of the most successful software companies consider […]

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DDD Brisbane: My #sketchnote adventure

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Last Saturday I attended DDD Brisbane (Developers, Developers, Developers!) and it was awesome. It was my first time attending this conference (thanks to Emvious), and my first time attending any conference without speaking, organising, and/or hosting at it in years and years. I can’t actually remember the last time I did this. I vaguely remember […]

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Agile testing days keynote and workshop

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This November I’ll be in Potsdam, Germany to give a keynote and a workshop for Agile Testing Days. I’ve never been to Agile Testing Days before but I’ve heard it’s awesome so I’m really excited. Last year they had about 400 attendees of which a quarter were speakers! The speaker lineup this year looks just […]

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See you at Test Bash Sydney

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I’m proud to be the compère for Test Bash Sydney, a one-day conference coming to our shores this October. Test Bash is a single-track conference with just 9 talks. It’s been wildly popular overseas due to the wonderful community it attracts via Ministry of Test. It’s a great conference for inspiration and for building your […]

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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 […]