What’s Your Win For The Month? May 2021

Another win for me! I just posted my first racket!
You can find it here:

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It’s been a good but challenging month. My wins include:

  • Hired a fantastic Test Lead who has really made a big difference to my workload by starting to delegate stuff to her
  • Have made a “Premier League” signing for the open Test Architect position, looking forward to them joining the team soon
  • had my first jab
  • went out for a couple of lunch dates with my wife
  • had a great day at LegoLand with the family
  • a bumper month of Testing Peers releases and lots of love for them too
  • after 3 continuous no shows on the virtual coffee, had a brilliant chat with @nestor this week!
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  • May was spent moving from 2 apartments to 1 house. And cleaning both old places. The garden is lovely in the recently sunny weather, the inside is a mess of boxes :see_no_evil:

community:

  • Managed to visit meetups of both Sfax and Brighton - on the same evening
  • Joined the 99m workshop cohort on preparing a 99m workshop. Can recommend!

work stuff:

  • I got to have first edit the job post for our Specialist Graduate program (in Copenhagen). Ping me if want to see how such one could look like.

It has been a busy month for everybody it seems. If you’re out there just reading - not having the “air” to reply: You got this - it’s ok not to reply!

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  • Couple of friends told me that they enjoy me blogging style, so I decide to blog more often.

  • I started mentoring an acquaintance who is showing interest in testing by giving him some pointers .

  • A junior dev also reached out to me asking me where to start with testing and I sent him some useful resources, I tried to encourage him to get into TDD, unit testing, and testing in general. I might be a bit biased (no surprise there) but I have a very high opinion about developers who realize the importance of testing it’s one of those things that sets great developers apart from the average ones.

  • I wrote a blog post for the company’s blog (it’s yet to be published) and the PR people liked it

  • Also, I’m trying my best to write a good article for MoT’s call for content, the topic is Test Leadership.

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  1. Re-launched my personal blog once again. Created 6 new posts during May! (And I have a lot of ideas for further posts)
  2. Implemented a bunch of end-to-end Ui and API tests for the work project
  3. Started to facilitate Scrum activities for my team: Retro, Demo sessions.
  4. Learned a lot on how to automate gRPC API, how to write UI tests in Scala and how to test Akka-based systems.
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You should join us in the Bloggers Club @al8xr :slight_smile: Topics tagged bloggers-club

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Not professional - just personal. Did my first bit of historical re-enactment for over a year. Weather, place and people were all fab. Come home smelling of wood smoke, exhausted with loads of car unpacking etc. to do, but much better for it.


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Finally deployed our largest release made to the platform since I started at the company. It was successful, though (of course) not perfect! I saw some of our testers improve their skills, and I learned that I can manage testing for a big project even when the specs are much less clear or organized than I would like them to be.

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professional: After 2 year break from cypress. I managed to build an entire robust framework from scratch in about 7 days . In the next day or so my framework will be able to run on Docker and have the ability to run via a number of different pipelines. It’s been a great challenge. Loved every single second of it.

Personal: I learned how to invest in the stock market and crypto properly.

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Congrats @heather_reid :baby_bottle: :tada:

Wins last month:

  • Started my prep for a RiskStorming session with the Devs and the PO

  • Arranged a 1to1 with @christovskia for a coaching session on TestSphere cards

  • Packed up my whole flat for a move to a new area (so painful getting rid of all the niknaks I’ve accumulated over the years)

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Looking forward to it!!

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Do you offer coaching? Where can I find more information?

Not explicitly, but I’m always happy to chat with people and help where I can