Sunday, January 27, 2013

Looking ahead at 2013

2012 was a good year in my development as a software tester. I've slowly started writing about my experiences. Some articles were better than others (I’m not as concerned with popularity to an external audience as I am about my own internal, undefined standards). I’m making progress in my ability to detect and tell stories which helps me gain confidence as both a tester and writer. This year should see me writing more articles about testing and although it’s not my primary goal eventually perhaps other people will find my writings helpful or informative.

Here are a few of the things I did in 2012 to develop my testing skills:
  • Traveled to Orcas Island in July for the first ever onsite Rapid Testing Intensive. I got to do some testing, learned a few things I’m applying today in my work, blogged a bit about the days and got to meet some testers from around the world.
  • Joined the Association for Software Testing on June 1st!
    • Through the AST I enrolled in the Black Box Software Testing Foundations class which I completed in December.
  • Joined Stack Exchange, specifically SQA forums.
  • Joined Miagi-Do school of testing as a Student in November.
  • Read some good books and added dozens more to my Read List
    • I need to finish a few books including Lean Startup, Code and An Introduction to General Systems Thinking.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

All it takes is time

All it takes is time to write a few posts a month, time I haven't had which is unfortunate since I've got a lot of ideas in my head that I want to get written down. Whenever I start thinking of time used I'm reminded of the quote from Harvey Mackay:
"Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can never get it back."
 I like being able to write and reflect on the things I've done or plan to do as it becomes a time capsule of my thoughts and actions that I can reference at a later point. I can look at how I've progressed in writing, testing, my ability to express myself; I can even write about interesting and tough topics and I can also see how I've progressed, regressed or see the things I wanted to do but abandoned.

One of my resolutions for 2013 is to write more. Stay tuned.