As usual, when the blog is not updated it is a sign that I have been up to many other things lately and the blog is one of the things I needed to cut down on. The reason for the downtime this spring is obvious, I have been busy packing my life in sweden into boxes for a move down-under to Sydney, Australia. Apart from packing, there have also been plenty of other related things to do before leaving the country. I was also featured in Computer Sweden for my move (in swedish). And finally I arrived, joining Atlassian last Monday. Read more…
I love communities, hanging around smart people that have their main interests of which they are really passionate and also often very good at. Personally I prefer blending into different communities, getting some of many different things rather than to delve very deep into something in particular. I think its my curiosity and kind of systems thinking mind that wants to stay up to date with a lot of things. I also like to keep my spectrum broad with regards to the knowledge I take in, and then I can filter the good parts myself. Read more…
After seeing so many of these “this is my profession and this is how different people see it” on Facebook, I decided I wanted to give it a shot for software testers. A couple of minutes searching and pasting gave me this.
Give me your feedback, but remember (1) it is a joke and (2) I am not a creative artist. If you have better ideas on how a software tester meme should look like just go ahead and make your own.
Now I am going to continue my vacation.
This spring has been a hectic one. I have been and am involved in a quite big and exciting project with many people involved at all levels. It will reach a milestone in October, and Ill step down for some other assignments.
Tonight I was reminded on my hectic spring in some tweets with Michael Bolton. Ended up being pointed to his series about the whole team approach written in January. I stumbled upon a comment from myself in Zegers post so I am sure I have read these things, but have no memory from it. Michaels posts are marked as read in my feed reader as well.
Now it is really time for some well-needed vacation, which I will spend at the World Scout Jamboree, that actually is in Sweden for the first time. Actually it will be located only one hour drive from my home, and there will be about 40000 scouts there. It is a pity, I will leave the jamboree a day earlier, just to make it for CAST. I hope to have switched to vacation mode by then, but will have to sharpen up for the conference again.
And CAST, soo much looking forward to it that I actually have almost neglected the scout camp in terms of looking forward to an event. The people I will meet are the ones I read blog posts and tweets from. I decided not to go for an emerging topic of my own, just to be able to concentrate on conferring and learning. And I really hope to meet and talk to everyone there. I am quite bad at remembering faces, so please tell me your twitter id. =)
If you are going to be there, I am going to stay some days afterwards, up for a hangout and some test talk. Or as sightseeing company.
I also hear that there are seats left
I have been busy with alot of things lately, keeping myself away from spare time blogging. So I just thought I would tell briefly about some of the events/working tasks that I have experienced, and would really enjoy some feedback on what is actually interesting enough for you, my readers to read a blog post about. So please comment on the things you want to know more about.
First out, I was on a nice competence weekend last weekend with Testway, were we gather all of us for friday morning – saturday lunch, learning new stuff and share knowledge. This time we had three main areas to talk about:
Lean test optimization
This is a product in the company portfolio, where two of us in a couple of smaller steps (workshop, analysis and tryouts), start with the current test process of a customer and make it more lean, removing obvious waste in a first iteration. Using baby steps of improvement in the current setting is easier than changing the whole process at once. The product consists of a complete first baby step during a week for the customer.
Cloud and testing
There is an obvious change within the industry towards using cloud solutions for hosting and running applications in the cloud. There are a couple of different settings to choose from depending on your needs. How can the whole concept be used for us as testers?
Selling consultancy services
Mainly about how we as a company are marketing ourselves and selling our services.
Apart from these things, we of course touched all the other amazing and exciting things to discuss during the weekend.
Monday I attended an internal workshop about The kanban game with Björn Granvik. This very interesting workshop Björn is going to have at Öredev together with Scott Belware. Starting with an introduction to Kanban and the concepts, we continued playing the game, getting a feel of the process itself.
Wednesday I attended another part of the course “Agile for experienced project managers” with Leadway. This is a course that is going to be taught in public, I think sometime in november. Tell me if you are interested in attending, Ill tell you when it is. This part was about how to scale agile and project dependencies. It also included a short story about how this can be done in practice.
This involved parts from a seminar that I attended three weeks ago with Petri Haapio, talking about Scrum implementation at Nokia Networks.
Then of course I have my daily work, which at the moment includes both Ruby/watir cucumber test automation of a web application as a Test Automation Launch Pad product and some big systems functional and pre-delivery testing at a larger company. These could both be full time jobs, but doing them both at 50% has been possible.
Apart from these things I am in the program committee of Öredev conference, responsible for the test track. That has also been taking some time.
That was a summary, and not even everything is mentioned. And I actually do have a private life as well, a little. I will add some pictures to the different topics later.
So please go ahead and tell me what would be the most interesting to read about, and Ill focus on that for a blog post. I have a somewhat problem focusing sometimes. I like the context switching even if it doesn’t give me the efficiency I want.
Öredev is coming up next week! Please register if you havent already, it is going to be awesome! Meet me there and discuss something exciting….
I am moving to my new apartment in two weeks. This is really nice, but as always when I am moving or even packing generally, I get really awkward about it. Its like I dont want all the work it takes to move, but I still want to move. So I have decided that I need to start packing this weekend, since I am having so much other things to do the next two weeks. Anyone wanna help me?