Sunday, January 3, 2021

A-Z of Testing Tips: A for Awareness

Wish you all a very happy new year 2021.
Let us use the experience gained in 2020 to make the best use of 2021.

Based on the talk given at #TestFlix - https://www.thetesttribe.com/testflix/, I want to expand my eight minutes talk into a series of blog posts. 

Here is the first of such posts where I will talk about A - Awareness

Awareness

Awareness Stage

  • The four stages of awareness and knowledge
    Know that you know
    Know that you don't know
    Don't know that you know
    Don't know that you don't know

    Where are you in these four stages w.r.t testing?

  • Awareness of your time
    Many testers when test, are not even aware of what they are upto.
    Do you know how much of your time is spent on which activity in testing?

  • How do you test?
    Is there a structure of how you test and most of your actions are consciously thought of?
    Do you just follow someone's instructions without even understanding the why behind the how?

  • Industry trends
    Are you so behind the trends that someone who interacts with you feels that you are ages behind, especially if you are supposed to be the expert at that task?
Be super-aware of what's happening both in the industry and also when you test, work with your team members. I have seen many testers perform actions and chit chat or play games that they have absolutely zero idea of what's happening on the system. They are not testing. They are going through the motions, as they say. Don't be one of them.

If you are not aware, how will you improve?
If you don't improve, be ready to be replaced by someone who is less expensive than you :)

Application Stage:
  • What's your next step?
    Once you know that you have to be aware, what will you do now?
    Do you know in which situations you need to improve? Based on that you can now focus on improving.

    For example, if you feel that you make a lot of mistakes in understanding the requirements, pay attention to what you do when they are being discussed. Are you really listening or waiting for your chance to speak? I know that it is not as easy as I have written in the sentence above. And that is where the practice - conscious practice - comes into the picture.

    Remember that if you know and you don't apply in situations which demand application, it is as good as not knowing. 

  • Being more self-aware
    It comes down to habits, retrospections and the cost of mistakes. Being aware 100% of the times in 100% of the activities might be taxing. Instead pick certain high value/cost activities and practice being aware. Slowly, you might observe that you are getting better at self-awareness, till it becomes part of your muscle memory.
Growth Stage
  • Did you follow-up?
    Many, almost everyone wants to improve. The first stage is to be aware that one needs to improve. The second is to take actions. The third (growth stage) is to evaluate the actions taken and the results and course correction (if needed). 

    I have seen many take the first two steps and then lose track because they are not tracking it. If you don't track, unless you have mastered it and made a habit part of your muscle memory, the chances are high that you might get back to old habits.

    Let me give one classic example here:
    When the appraisals happen, the majority promise that they will act on the feedback. The first few weeks after the appraisals, you see the changes. Then the changes disappear. To grow, one needs to be aware of the key items all the time and not just temporarily. 

  • Any changes required?
    You tried few changes, you now see the results. What do you do now? Are the actions yielding the right results or do you need to do any more changes? Close the loop.
To summarise:
  • Be aware of what you do
  • Be aware of what's expected of you
  • Do the necessary changes
  • Review after performing the changes

The full talk is available here: A-Z of Testing Tips 

My other videos: YouTube Channel

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Tribal QONF: Reason #2 to attend the conference

If you have not checked out my previous post - http://enjoytesting.blogspot.com/2020/05/tribal-qonf-reason-1-to-attend.html, please do.

For someone who is not aware of The Test Tribe community or The Tribal Qonf, I thought I will share a few pointers on why this is a must-attend event for any software tester.

In my last post, I highlighted the opening six speakers. In this post, I want to touch upon the next set of six speakers.


Mike Talks
I know Mike for close to a decade now and met him for the first time last year at Test Leadership Congress. I love his tweets and blog posts and his books too! When I was writing my book - 50+ mistakes of my software testing career, I had my first mindmap with all the mistakes. I shared it with Mike and within minutes, he gave me feedback on how I could make new sections and club a few mistakes. He is speaking at this conference. If you want to have a small bite of Mike's talk at Test Leadership Congress, check this link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9ZWnbinAxI

Aprajita Mathur
Aprajita at TLC 
I met her in the Test Leadership Congress (TLC) conference. Before that, I was in the same panel discussing Leadership. I felt she is someone who is bold, would say the truth at all times with a lot of attention to details and get things done. She is working with data to fight cancer. Beat that for real-world impact. 
You can listen to her TLC talk here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlFceDqTxpc. I am looking forward to her energetic talk once again in the Tribal Qonf conference panel discussion. 

Anand Bagmar
He has his own fan following. People consult him for his automation, mobile, analytics expertise. One thing I have always noticed is his smile when he greets people. It immediately makes the other person comfortable. He will be speaking on Testing and Automation Analytics. Looking forward to his talk. Do not miss his talk! 

Nishi Grover Garg
From a time when she applied to Miagi Do school of testing founded by Matt Heusser to giving talks all over the world, I would say Nishi has crossed many levels with ease in a short time. If you are active on social media, you would notice a talk at a conference or a blog post or an article published in one of the reputed websites or she would have finished training to eager participants. Ever busy, ever willing to share her knowledge, she deserves more and I am happy to see her present in Tribal Qonf. 

Santhosh Tuppad
Craziness is the new normal :)
What do I say about him? We have our birthdays in the same week and there are multiple moments where we exactly know what the other is thinking or about to tell. We have worked together for Test Maniac meetups and workshops and continue to collaborate even now. His talks always continue even after the time is up and no one complains. They just love him. I am sure some of you will buy the tickets just to listen to him and I am sure it will be worth it even this time as well.

Priyanka Halder
Again, I and Priyanka were in the same panel discussion at Test Leadership Congress and then we met at the conference. I have this habit of shifting tables every few hours and one such shift helped have a 15-20 mins discussion with her. Her weight loss journey and her speaking journey will motivate anyone!

After we discussed about the Decision Deck
If you are asking me, how to purchase tickets for this conference, this is the link: https://www.townscript.com/e/tribal-qonf-2020-a-virtual-conference-by-the-test-tribe-431224

I also have a small discount coupon for you - TTTQONF1 
and if you are buying more than three tickets and don't want to fill all details in the townscript form, contact me at ajay184f at gmail

See you at the conference and stay tuned for more reasons why one should attend TRIBAL QONF!

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