Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Women Testers e-Magazine Has Arrived!

by Teri Charles

If you haven't had the chance, be sure to check out the 1st edition of Women Testers e-magazine! Some great articles by some great Testers!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Can’t Get To CAST 2014 In Person?

by Teri Charles

In case you haven’t heard, the CAST 2014 conference, taking place in New York this year, is just around the corner (August 12-13). If you don’t know what CAST is, it’s the annual conference for The Association for Software Testing. The conference is currently sold out, but don’t despair! It will be streamed live for free! You'll have the chance to watch and listen to some of the best Testers in the world!

Here is the information for the live stream:

You are also able to add it to your calendar which is convenient for any schedule changes. So be sure to take advantage of that.

I was planning on going to what would have been my first CAST conference, but “life happens” and I won't be going after all. So I for one am very grateful for this live streaming. It won’t be the same as being there and meeting so many great testers I was looking forward to meeting, but it does help soften the blow!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It’s Not Just About The Testing!

by Teri Charles

There are many aspects of being a Tester, and for me, not all of them are about doing the actual testing. One of those aspects is mentoring. There is no better feeling for me than to know I’m helping someone. We all know something, have learned something new, and have a passion for something that we can pass along to someone else. We all have the capacity to listen to someone, to be empathetic, to guide, and to pass along our experiences (some that we have learned the hard way). To me, it’s a waste of being a human being on this planet if I’m not passing along what I’ve learned in my life to someone else. And I think most mentors feel that way.

I am thinking about all of this right now because I just finished a wonderful mentoring session with my Per Scholas mentee this fine Sunday morning. Watching her journey, not just as a Tester, but as person who’s wants to grow, has been one of the most satisfying things I’ve done. She touches my heart with her integrity and spirit. She’s new in this field of ours and that’s not always easy. But watching and listening to her perseverance is powerful. And knowing I can be there for her is powerful for me.

This morning she told me that she has started her own local Meetup for new Testers. She had the first meeting yesterday and 10 people showed up! I am beyond proud of her. Here is a new Tester that wants to now start paying it forward herself. She wants to help others with what she’s experienced and learned!

She tells me I inspire her to be better. Well, let me tell you how this works. She inspires me to be better as well. Pretty cool how that happens, isn’t it?

So for me, it’s not just about testing that’s part of our job. It’s all the good juicy stuff like mentoring and helping others that’s some of the best stuff. Try it out and see where it takes YOU!