Volunteering for CITCON 2016

The Continuous Integration and Testing Conference, abbreviated as CITCON, is an OpenSpace non-profit conference which for ten years has been organized in various cities around the globe. Currently, each year there are four editions taking place on four continents: Europe, America, Asia and Australia & New Zealand. The previous editions in Europe took place in London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, London again, Budapest, Turin, Zagreb, Helsinki and this year in Cluj-Napoca.

Testing is all that and more: A project retrospective – Part 4

Hoping I’ve got your attention by now, I invite you to discover the last part of my retrospective series.

Which was my influence within the project?

My influence on understanding the client’s need to be informed
I learned from my past experiences that even if the client is not specifically asking for a status all the time, he wants to have transparency and he needs to be informed of what is happening.

Testing is all that and more: A project retrospective – Part 3

In the first two parts of my retrospective series I revealed I had the opportunity and experience of traveling a lot to the client’s site.

What about working on client’s site?

Now, this is an interesting topic, because, until this project, I worked mostly remote, in the Altom office.

Working on client’s site was a request I knew about from the beginning of the project and I found it intriguing and challenging at the same time. I was told I should be available at client’s site in Germany as much as possible in the first three months. I knew this would take me out of my comfort zone. No sooner said than done.

Testing is all that and more: A project retrospective – Part 2

In the first part of my retrospective series, I told you about the first three months I spent on the project, the challenges I encountered and the lessons I learned.

What changed after those 3 months?

Well, the Pilot project ended. And the actual collaboration started.

Since the Pilot project went well and the clients were pleased with my involvement, work and qualified opinions, the project was extended. The trips to Germany were carried on as before.

Testing is all that and more: A project retrospective – Part 1

Recently, I finished a project I was involved in for 2 years. I had the opportunity to allocate some time for doing an analysis, so I started to write down my ideas. The outcome was a nice and comprehensive retrospective, covering challenges I encountered during the project and lessons I’ve learned, which I would really like to share with you.

Since we’re talking about a long project and my ideas expanded on lots of pages, I decided to do a series of four blog posts that I’ll post during March.

The series will debut with how I started the project and how the first three months on the project were.

Meet us at CeBIT 2016!

We are back at CeBIT 2016! This time, Oana and Bogdan are by Alex’s side!

Our temporary address is Hall 6, Stand F48 or, if it is easier for you to find, the Romanian Pavilion. We are there until Friday, March 18!

EuroSTAR Test Lab 2015

This November I attended the EuroSTAR Conference. The conference takes place once a year in different cities of Europe, and gathers around thousand people interested in testing. I was involved in running the Test Lab. Further on I will write about the Test Lab, in general and this year’s EuroSTAR Test Lab in particular, and then in the second part I’ll share how I felt at the conference and my takeaways. I will also insert the names and twitter handles of testers connected to the topics of this blog post, because I think that being aware of the ideas shared outside our workplace bubble, plays an important role in our career development.

@adinnaplus Rapid Software Testing

The week starting with October 26th I attended the courses Rapid Software Testing (3 days) and Rapid Software Testing for Managers (1 day). It was brilliant! I feel I learned so many from both the course material and the trainer James Bach. Further on I’ll detail three things I learned and find valuable, and also mention other things I loved in this course.

Alexandra: Bad Habits During Testing Activities

Those bad Bad habits, who doesn’t want to get rid of them?…

Let’s consider the following hypothesis: small habits that slow me down in my work or stand in the way of solving problems could accumulate and have quite an impact on my work. This could mean that they are the silent, unnoticeable factors that influence my testing in a bad way. One such habit may not make a big difference, but when dealing with more, they could have a considerable influence.