Nicky Tests Software: May 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A reflection on Let's Test 2015: Part II

Here's the link to A reflection on Let's Test 2015: Part I

The sessions (Part II)

Below does not include all of the sessions I went to nor all aspects of the session I mention


Visual Creativity: Using Sketchnotes and Mindmaps to aid your agile testing - Dan Ashby and Christina Ohanian

Before this session I stumbled upon Christina drawing out her sketch notes from the previous session and marvelled at how fascinating it was. Sketch notes were only something I'd only ever seen on the net. They were gorgeous and a clever way to communicate information.

When she told me that she was going to have a session on this - I was all in.

We 'warmed up' by drawing whichever image came to mind when Dan said a word. It was interesting to see how a lot of people could interpret the same word differently. For example: "Time" could be a clock, a watch or an hourglass.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A reflection on Let's Test 2015: Part I

It was my first time at Let's Test and I absolutely loved it. My only complaint is - why does it have to be a 24 hour flight from New Zealand?!

The interesting thing was that I've been following on Twitter about 15 people who were at the conference so it was somewhat surreal meeting these people in real life.

This time last year, I saw a lot of noise on Twitter about how amazing it was - so I just HAD to check it out for myself.


The Keynote


We kicked off Let's Test with a mint keynote by Ben Simo - "There was not a breach, there was a blog". Ben spoke about how initially he wanted to search for health insurance options for his granddaughter, but found himself getting a lot of media attention when he started blogging about his findings of the healthcare.gov website (after calling their contact centre got him nowhere).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Interview with Shirley Tricker

Shirley Tricker worked in a wide range of IT roles for almost 20 years before starting Elementum, a business that helps people in IT to develop skills, attitudes and habits to be productive and happy in tech roles. Shirley is active in the testing community as an organizer of the Auckland chapter of WeTest, an attendee at the KWST peer conference, and she runs the Auckland Testers Facebook page.She is also co-organiser of the Women in Tech Auckland meetup and she speaks to students via the ICT-Connect programme, which inspires and educates young people about a future in IT. She recently started blogging where she advocates for people to take back control of their careers and work happiness.



Sunday, May 3, 2015

Why do I blog about Software Testing?

To provide a snapshot of time

It's been over two years since my first blog post and I love the fact I can see a snapshot of my opinions, what I cared about and my thought processes two years ago.

I quickly flicked through some of my early blog posts.

There are a few posts regarding ISTQB, something which I highly valued at the very start of my software testing career. Now, I highly regard the BBST Foundations course  and am a very strong advocate of it.

As stated in the About Me page, "I don't doubt my opinions on testing will develop and change" - keeping a blog is a great way of keeping track on how my opinions change :)