Testers’ Island Discs

TesterIslandDisc

If you want to hear me “knocking it out of the park“, you can now head over to the Testers Island Disc Podcast, where I had the great pleasure of being guest on the 11th Episode.

Awesome host Neil Studd and me talk about my experiences in Cambridge, the growth of the Software Testing Clinic, and an unavoidable discussion about Brexit. We get into discussions about creating safe environments for learning, generating test ideas and avoiding cognitive biases in our testing, whilst also finding time to hear a range of song selections which span TV themes, 90s rock, and the first non-English-language offering. So if you fancy hearing a brilliant ep with my kind voice talking in dulcet tones you might find me knowledgeable, calm and collected – or in other words, you might have been fooled :D Continue reading

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Learning Pairing

13950522581_3a3a23c8cc_oThe last year was a bit of a journey into pairing for me. Not that I hadn’t paired before and didn’t appreciate and enjoy it. But pairing got amplified in the last year as a more conscious effort and an initiative in the groups I was working with. It took place in different forms, but often would mean (two) people working on something together, as a dedicated session, potentially time boxed (to an hour), where we set ourselves a goal or a mission, did the thing, and debriefed.  Continue reading

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Ministry of Testing Meetups in Cambridge 2017

Tis the season! Let’s have a look back at another year of excellent evening events at the Ministry of Testing Meetup in Cambridge. I’m really pleased that we again managed to have events happening pretty regularly each month – a very warm shout out to all our speakers, hosts and sponsors who helped me make this possible. Continue reading

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Software Testing Clinic is coming to Cambridge!

Back in December I had the pleasure sending out this email to the members of the Ministry of Testing Cambridge Meetup announcing that Software Testing Clinic is coming to Cambridge, with monthly sessions from January 2018 on. I’ve been to a couple sessions in London before as a mentor, and am thrilled to now be part of bringing this to CambridgeContinue reading

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Snippets: stress, stress, stress

Lewis: Can I give you a piece of advice?
Hathaway: Yeah, if I can ignore it.
Lewis: Don’t push yourself so hard. Let Maddox help you.
Make sure you get some sleep.

Hathaway: That’s three pieces of advice.
Lewis: Okay, prioritise the sleep thing. 

Lewis #8.1

A few articles I’ve read recently about dealing with stress (at work). Or actually just life, generally? Continue reading

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Twitter Timeline Q3/17

#September

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Three Ways to get Started with (Exploratory) Testing as a non-Tester

This is a companion piece for my talk “Testing Demystified” at the DDD East Anglia, where I encourage people from other disciplines, namely programmers, to get more involved in (exploratory) testing activities (because it’s fun! And worth it!). And here are some really simple steps that you can take:

… and repeat.
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