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

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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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Girl, interrupted.

“Something magical happens when testers and programmers start to collaborate.”1

I’ve submitted a conference talk last weekend.2 It has the heroic (*cough*) title of “Testing Demystified” and is now handed in for the Developer! Developer! Developer! East Anglia event taking place later this year (on Saturday, 16 September 2017), which is part of the Developer Days events series for the UK .NET Community. It’s make is very community driven, about sharing and learning in a friendly environment, which I find absolutely fantastic. The whole day is free to attend, on a weekend (so outside usual working hours), sessions submitted are voted on by the community, e.g. the prospective attendees, e.g. you, and it targets (and supports) the local speaker community. Oh, and it has “Developer” in the title. Thrice. So why have I, a Tester, submitted a talk for this, exactly?

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Twitter Timeline Q2/17


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