I was attracted to its location (I live in Ohio), and the opportunity to meet people interested in sharing testing experiences and viewpoints.
2. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s conference?
I’m looking forward to presenting some ideas during my session on challenging mindsets. I have seen too many testers be silent about their benefit and value on projects. Sometimes, this allows team members to make incorrect conclusions or assessments, that is, mindsets are created, about the tester and testing. Over time, these mindsets have stolen a tester’s identity. I would like to inspire testers to expect more by promoting themselves, their skills, and advocating testing value.
3. What piece of advice would you give conference attendees to maximize their experience at QA or the Highway?
I advise attendees to actively participate in the sessions they select, and to introduce themselves to as many people as possible. Share your struggles and your successes! Testing skills grow when you share your testing experiences and thoughts.
4. How did you become involved in testing?
In a previous job, I developed small test harnesses to evaluate electronic instruments coming off the production line. That experience really helped my development skills grow but I didn’t realize I was exposed to testing. After that job, I entered IT as a developer and was surprised to find a group of people dedicated to testing. As I continued in development roles, I had thoughts in the back of my mind how I could apply my previous experience to assist testers. About eight years ago, I took an opportunity to do that full time. While I could build software to test software, I was still curious about testing itself and was fortunate to have mentors, and tester/test lead project roles to help me learn more.
5. What are some of you favorite tools in your “testing toolbox”?
Thinking and learning have been my favorite tools. I draw diagrams to help convey ideas, and use Excel to collect and organize information. If I automate, I favor MSTest or JUnit for lower level testing. I like WebDriver for driving a web application.
6. What are your favorite reading references (books/blogs/etc) that have helped your testing efforts?
I read a balance of testing, technical, and social skills topics. I refer back to books by authors such as Jerry Weinberg and Stephen Covey. I’ve picked up different insights from The Signal and the Noise (Silver), Tipping Point (Gladwell), and How to Be Interesting (Hagy). I enjoy experience reports and odd topics found books like Failure is not an Option (Kranz) and Stiff (Roach).
Joe will be speaking on “Challenging Your Project’s Testing Mindsets”
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