November 6, 2013
Autism, Family and fun, LEGO
acceptance criteria, change, motivation, predictability, special_needs
Motivated by LEGO, Pasta with ketchup, DR Ramasjang Rally - as other boys
Yet with autism (both, as in official ICD-10 and DSM-IV). They could have been placed on a side track. They could be educated and trained to know that structure and predictability is the known world. But they are too curious, communicative and smart…. #methinks
We (ABA) train them to be able to deal with change, unpredictability and the benefits of both direct and intrinsic motivation. Because they benefit from it and it helps them being accepted and included.
Related: DK om at udsætte sine behov, Weekend formula, That’s what friends are for, The 860 kcal bug, will work for LEGO, The yardstick of mythical normality acceptance is more than can be measured
October 20, 2013
agile, brain, information, jobs, knowledge, learning, team
[ Recognise and Acknowledge Your Skills | Ministry Of Testing - The Testing Planet | June 2013]
The below model is directly inspired by the Vancouver Agile Quadrant introduced in “Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams” by Crispin and Gregory 2009 based on the original matrix from Brian Marick in 2003. It consists of four primary branches – as seen on the illustration. It is not a matrix or a table, but four directions with each their cloud of buzzwords. For specific contexts a mind-map will be a better choice of illustration – try drawing your own competencies.
Tester Skills Matrix
September 24, 2013
conference, goto, gotoaar, softwaretestingclub, value
We focus on both testing and the office coffee a lot and may be looking at its real value too little. If testing does not provide direct business value – as the office coffee does – how can we elaborate and talk about it as a value to the business?
Time: October 1st 2013 Cafe Stiften Banegårdspladsen 11, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark
If you attend #GOTO aarhus 2013 this will be a good time to continue discussing “ǝnןɐʌ: Why we have it backwards”http://gotocon.com/aarhus-2013/presentation/ǝnןɐʌ:%20Why%20we%20have%20it%20backwards
The first 25 participants gets
September 23, 2013
Enterprise IT, LEGO, Softwaretesting
atWork, leadership, value
[ 8 Things You Don’t Know Are Affecting Our Choices Every Day: The Science of Decision Making ]
- Why we accept the default choice
- Why we make worse decisions over time
- Why we make better decisions in the morning
- Why we make better decisions in a foreign language
- Why being hungry is bad for decision-making
- Why a full bladder helps us make better choices
- Why ventilation is important for good decision-making
- Why leaning to the left affects your choices
[ 8 Qualities Of A Truly Loyal Employee ]
- she displayed the highest form of loyalty by helping you avoid missing the “do the right thing” forest for the “do it right now” trees.
- they ask the questions or raise the important issues when others won’t.
- Employees that praise and recognize others, especially when it’s not their job to do so, don’t just display great interpersonal skills.
- Weighing the positives and negatives of a decision, sharing conflicting opinions, playing devil’s advocate… disagreement is healthy. It’s stimulating. It leads to better decisions.
- when you’re loyal, every decision is, ultimately, your own.
- truly loyal employees realize that while you may not like what you hear, ultimately you want to hear it because what matters most is doing what is best
- Well-intended silence can be a good sign of loyalty; speaking up, especially when it’s awkward or even painful to do so, can be the best sign.
- they help you prepare to fill the hole they create.
Related Can you help me? , In a star team – the team gets the stars, Even a self-acclaimed guru breaks the rules, Establish yourself as an expert or thought leader I know it is your job – but thank you anyway
September 23, 2013
business, cost, exploratory, skills, value
[ The Evolving Skill Set of Tomorrow’s Top Testers | Scott Barber | Ministry of Testing ]
it is a career-limiting mistake for testers to ignore opportunities to develop a sound knowledge of how businesses operate and the skills necessary to ensure that testing supports business decision making.
It’s not the job of a tester to make quality-related decisions. That’s what Project and Product Managers get paid to do. Testers should be focused on identifying the business risks that managers need to be making decisions about.
If lots of bugs are making it to our radar it makes us think that someone isn’t doing their job. What we care about is mitigating risk while delivering a salable product as quickly and cheaply as possible. Time and energy spent dealing with bug reports detract from that goal.
We need information to make high-level business decisions. We need to know “Are we on track to deliver what we promised when we promised with acceptably low risk?”
When times are tight, businesses take more risks. Sure it’s risky to ship software that is under-tested, but it’s less risky than running out of money before anything gets shipped due to the additional time and expense of testing.
Seek to understand what makes businesses successful. Learn to think like a business executive (at least sometimes) when you are testing. Understand business risk management and the reality that as a tester, you are a cost center, not a profit center. No one (in their right mind) wants to have to pay for testing – sure they want the information, but they’d rather not have to pay for it, so you’ve got to make sure that information is valuable in their eyes.
Related: Align conference selection and business strategy, Pragmatic choices of what is important and possible, Look for Minimum Viable Testing ,
Value of Information for Decisions
September 21, 2013
Enterprise IT, Softwaretesting
community, conference, gotoaar
So there’s a conference in town, and you’re not going – but you want to say hi to some of the great people: speakers and attendees in real life. IT might be that you have read their book, it might be that you have read their blog, it might be that you follow them on twitter. It will probably be that you have never meet them in person before, but you have had contact with them at work or similarly.
So what to do
- Volunteer for conference staff – like
- Volunteer to blog, tweet and photo – like
- Participate in free events – like
- Set up a meet-up in your network and invite the speakers
- Make a quick coffee break meeting like the picture below
The last item wasn’t easy to achieve, since the conference company restricted the maneuverability of the speaker and reliable internet connections failed us both. Still we did manage to meet in real life and spend ten minutes in a morning coffee break chatting.
CSC meet-up @jlottosen & @cflanagan at #jboye11, Aarhus (pic: @Louise_K_jansen). Would NVR happend without #SocialMedia
Disclaimer: GOTO Aarhus 2013 is sponsoring my attendance as a blogger.
September 17, 2013
Enterprise IT, Family and fun, LEGO
atWork, business, collaboration, communication, linkedin, outsourcing, services, wicked problem
It wasn’t just a glitch or a bug, or a wicked hack. It is gone - there is no IT department anymore … Staffing and services will be transferred to the communications & knowledge department, but the hardcore business of developing IT solutions is closing. From now on we primarily use customization and configuration of standard tools: Facebook, LinkedIn, WordPress, Podio and email (sigh – still).
Yet IT is everything and everything is IT