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10+1 commandments for ethical techies - listed at the bottom of the post, also

New-to-me ideas from Targeting Quality 2022!

I just got back from Targeting Quality 2022, a lovely conference put on by KWSQA in Cambridge, Ontario. This was a great opportunity for me, because the early bird ticket was affordable, and I can drive there! Yes, it takes eight hours, and across the border. I’m from the West, so that’s no distance at […]

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Bruce (the legend) onstage at ATD

Learning how to be an ally to non-binary folk

This is my third post sharing my biggest takeaways from Agile Testing Days. OK, I’m pretty slow, and, I hope my learning might inspire someone else’s. I first got to know Bruce (the legend) on social media and via Ministry of Testing. She was an amazing host for an online TestBash. Bruce makes awesome videos […]

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Checklist Manifesto

Those checklists

I had the luxury of working on a terrific team at a financial services startup from the early 00s to the early 10s. Though we jelled as a self-organizing agile team with expert domain knowledge, we occasionally made some really dumb mistakes when deploying to production. The operations VP, Anne, wagged her finger at us […]

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Courage to coach

You might notice that my posts here aren’t necessarily about actually doing testing activities. For the past several years I’ve been one of only three testers on a team of 25 or more coders. Currently, I’m the only tester spread across several mini-teams that add up to around 17 coders. I can’t possibly test every […]

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Ways to improve listening skills

Retrospectives for large teams with many sub-teams

My team has 40+ members, distributed into seven or so “pods” and across several locations. It’s a challenge to communicate information among the multiple pods. In addition, we often face obstacles that cross over multiple pods. We usually have a “cross-pod retrospective” once a month. It’s typically in the “Happy/Puzzler/Sad” format. We collect items in […]

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