State Of Testing 2019

Yearly community retrospective has been launched! Since 2013 (with pause on 2014) PractiTest together with Tea Time Testers organises yearly testing survey to collect current trends in testing. You can be part of it by filling the survey.

If you are curious about previous results of the survey, scroll down the survey page and download all six reports.

Being Only Woman In Men Company

Over 20 years of work experience in IT only in few companies there where gender balanced teams. In two startups I was the only woman in whole company (size of company 20 & 50 heads). Even secretary was a man. So you can imagine what I felt when I read this thread of Patricia.

I hope somebody would tell me this 20 years ago. I had to put this together that it does not disappear into information space. 1-20 is from Patricia (see the thread in tweet) with some my comments, 21+22 are my own 50 ct.

  1. Don’t try to be “one of the guys” you’ll never be able to bring your full self to work.
    • not the cloth, not the way you move or talk, even not a swearing will make you happy. one day you will wake up and realise you were fooling yourself.
  2. Document all your work. It’s hard to steal credit for public work.
    • make your work visible and label it distinctively
  3. HR is not your friend
    • HR works in interests of company only.
  4. Avoid everyone who is really enthusiastic about you being a woman.
  5. Leave functions before your colleagues are drunk. Neither you nor them want you to know their inner thoughts
    • do not get drunk yourself (drink less or lighter drinks)
  6. Try to convince yourself when you begin to doubt yourself; “it’s not me, it’s them”
  7. On Bad Days try to loose yourself in the work, try to remind yourself why you’re in this business
  8. Find good people and bake them cakes just for being great people. Great people should get cake.
    • in one company I was baking and bringing a lot cakes, but the reason was, I wanted that they accept me as a part of the team. they never did.
  9. Make lunch dates with other women in tech.
    • search for your community, support each other
  10. If you have a great idea, call a meeting and send out your slides in advance (See Hard To Steal Public Work)
  11. If you have a great idea, make a demo. Hard To Argue With Running Code
  12. Never participate in any “team building” activity that involves you dressing differently
  13. Don’t be afraid to quit. Don’t sacrifice your mental health for Bad People
    • or bad culture
  14. Introduce Rules for Communication, like praise in public, criticize in private
  15. Try to make it possible to choose who does your code review
    • or any other reviews. get feedback regularly.
  16. Learn. Learn. Learn. Knowledge is power
    • create your own skill map. add each year new skill or new level of a skill.
  17. Try to make the team more diverse in any direction. That changes the tone. But get more women devs, if not in the team then at least in adjacent teams. It is hard being alone.
  18. Walk out at any Locker Room Talk. It’s easier than discussing it. And they’ll get the message.
    • if you cannot walk out, make non-verbal statement. I placed poster with a man in seducing pose close to posters with mini bikini women models.
  19. Get a Powerful Ally and plot (literally plot) to compensate for social power being unequal when it really matters. Like having them back you up in important meetings.
    • was not possible in my startups
  20. Don’t waste time catering to people that won’t give you the time of day.
  21. Learn about emotional labour. If you are doing it, stop immediately. No one is appreciating it and it makes you feel empty.
  22. Do not tolerate. If you tolerate, you worry.

#TestBash Germany Ticket zu verschenken

Hallo!

Genauso wie letztes Jahr, auch dieses ich habe ein TestBash Germany (TBG) Ticket zu verschenken und ich suche immer noch den glücklichen die/der das bekommen wird! Ich verstehe dass es ungewöhnlich ist etwas geschenkt bekommen, deswegen hier paar Fragen und Antworten:

Was ist eigentlich TBG?:  es ist eine Tester Konferenz die nur ein Track hat und nur ein Tag dauert. Alle Vorträge werden auf English gehalten, während Pausen es kann auch Deutsch oder Bayrisch vorkommen. Vielfalt von Speakers mit sehr unterschiedlichen Erfahrungen und interessanten Fragestellungen. Mehr Details unter  https://www.ministryoftesting.com/events/testbash-germany-2018 

Wann wird TBG stattfinden?: 14.9.2018

Was muss Du tun:  email an kristine.corbus@gmail.com schicken mit folgendem Satzanfang: “Ich möchte das TBG Ticket haben weil …”

Was erwarte ich von Dir:  absolut nichts 

Warum tut jemand so etwas verrücktes wie Tickets verschenken?!: weil ich an „Tue Gutes und Dir wird Gutes widerfahren“ glaube (also bin ich am Ende sehr egoistisch :D)

Am 12.8.2018 ich werde bekannt machen wer wird am 14.9.2018 bei TB dabei sein. Also – nicht lange überlegen, einfach schreiben und gewinnen!

Viele Grüße –

Kristīne

Giveaway: #TestBash Germany

I have one giveaway ticket for Test Bash Germany – write me an email/ message (mailto:Kristine.Corbus at gmail.com), why you should get it and if you will convince me – ticket is yours!  #PayItForward #SimplyLikeThat

AM I A SEXIST?

some weak guy from google search

Recently many say and write words about “men in tech,” which led to some negative reaction on Twitter. I believe I owe my readers an explanation. Some of them already got confused and came to me with the question: “If you’re so much against slavery, where is this female sexism coming from?” Let me explain what’s going on. Indeed I am a big fan of freedom, but recent hysteria around gender equality is not helping us to become more free. Instead it is causing quite the opposite effect.When I was a kid my parents and my teachers told me that I had to be a lady. That literally meant that I had to treat men with respect and always remember that they were weaker than us women—physically and emotionally.I had to let them copy my math homework, I was not allowed to debate with them as I did with my female friends, I was punished for being smarter in front of them, and many other things. I did all this not only because of what I was taught, but also because I saw that they indeed were weaker. They were physically and emotionally different from us girls. They played wars, we played families. They wore grey and brown shorts and t-shirts, we wore whatever we wanted. They cried behind closed doors when someone was offending them and we showed emotions and got stronger. It was always obvious that we were the troublemakers, but also the protectors of common peace, who those weak creatures eventually one day would marry.

Now back to the main problem: men in tech. I’m a software tester myself. I wrote and debugged test automation code every day. I also managed testers, programmers and projects. My 20+ years of experience in software development tells me that this job is not fun most of the time. It’s hard, it requires a lot of logical thinking. It’s exhausting and constant war against men, who are too afraid to acknowledge that they failed, who are afraid to change and against  programmers who produce unmaintainable and unreadable code.

I don’t feel good about sending man, who cannot accept that he is not so smart, into this war. I also personally don’t like the idea of men being doctors, managers, teachers, master chefs, caregivers or male-nurse, even though it’s not up to me to decide what they do for a living. Those jobs are stressful and dangerous, both physically and emotionally. Not that I believe that men can’t take this stress, I just don’t want them to suffer. There are plenty of ladies who can do that instead.

Do I respect men who write code on a daily basis? Yes, a lot. Because I understand how much stress they have to go through. Would I recommend my husband to do the same. Defiantly not.

Am I a sexist? Maybe. But the real question is: what will you do about it?

post scriptum

If you wonder why did I wrote this article, that now it is time to say – I did not write it. I took an old blog post from somebody, switched “men” to “women” and “women” to “men” and did few adaptions to make the story smoother, with an aim to hold a mirror for you.

Why?

Because recently I got an offer to give a talk about me as a woman in IT and I cannot decide to accept it or not. Here some thoughts why:

  1. I am sick and tired to speak or listen about it. 20 years in business and nothing has been changed.
  2. I do not want to be labelled as women who has problems with men.
  3. I want to give talks about testing software or requirements, about digital transformation, software development, agile practices and my life as a trainer.
  4. If nobody will talk, nothing will change.

This blog post is another experiment. We will see where it goes. May be it will help me to decide to give or to refuse a girl-in-IT talk.

add on

After I published my post, I got to know that there is a tool for swapping genders on the websites: GenderSwapper!

State Of Testing 2018

This is a time of year when “PractiTest” and “TeaTime with Testers” invites all the testers to fill a survey to find out who we are, where we come from and on what kind of subjects we are working on. This is 5th year in a row and I am already looking forward to the picture we will get this time.

Big thank goes to contributors in the review team: Jerry Weinberg, Derk-Jan de Grood, Maria Kedemo, Helena Jeret, Alan Page, Brent Jensen, Eran Kinsbruner, Bas Dijkstra, Erik Proegler, Kristel Krustuuk, Gerie Owen, and Nermin Caluk. If you have any suggestions how to improve it, you are invited to join the review team.

The organisers estimate that the survey will take only 10minutes of your time. For me, it took more time. Why? In this year’s survey, there are few questions where you have to think and/or recall what did you learn last year. Hier are few questions for you to get a feeling:

Have you attended any conferences or training sessions in the past 3 years?
Have you started using any new tools to support your testing (Exploratory testing or in general) in the last year?
Have you made any important changes in the way you are testing during the last year?  

 

Those are few good questions, right? Be part of it! You can find the survey here.

Q & A about QA

Late summer 2008 I googled what is software testing. Found Software Testing Club and never looked back. MinistryOfTesting (MOT) has a platform for Q&A, learning platform – The Dojo and of course events.  Rosie and MOT have done a really great job!

So only this year I discovered new platform (new for me): SQA StackExchange. It is full of error messages thrown by tools and help requests how to fix those. Followed by very basic questions like: what is the difference between deviation from workflow and error. This is little bit funny – why people do not use search? You just found a StackExchange and really think that nobody before you asked that question? Think again. What I like the most: it is all about questions and answers – so everyone can edit one or another.

My invitation – don’t be only a consumer – participate on one or another platform and co-create better understanding about software testing!

New Podcast – QR

I am not a fan of podcasts because I struggle to focus all my attention to only one sense. But today I saw the info about new podcast made by Keith Klain and got curious. I opened the link and my first reaction was – are you KIDDING me? Over 1 hour!!! Who can concentrate to listen to something for so long? But I wanted to hear a lot what they talked about testers mental health, so I clicked the play button.

I listened to it all in one piece and was blown away how open Trish and Keith tell stories about their professional life and personal struggles. I wish I could listen to them 9 years ago when I started to work in testing and felt not enough.

I was so hooked that I continued and listened to the other QR podcast with Damian. He sold me his workshop :) and surprised by diving deep for meaning and analysing failures. I thought I am good at this, but he takes it in a new level.

Trish and Damian both are consultants and both has beautiful and informative websites.

Now I have just one question: Keith, when comes the next?

State Of Testing

congratulations

Guys of “PractiTest” and “TeaTime with Testers” with serious advisory board: Jay Philips, JeanAnn Harrison, Rajesh Mathur, Ben Linders, Justin Rohrman, and Jerry Weinberg – are doing that again – organising survey to get a picture of current state of testing. 

We all are curious how fellow testers are doing in other side of globe or next door. Here is link to results of survey from the last yearInteresting, right? But if you are attentive than will notice that 1000 participants is great, but to be able to do qualitative analysis, it is not enough. How to change it? Participate! And send a link to your colleague as well!

The organisers write that it will take 10 or less minutes to fill the survey . I timed my input – it took me 23:22 to fill it, including looking for currency calculator and tweeting about question 22. 

Why do I support this survey by writing blog post? Because I like data. Last year there were at least 1000 testers who take their profession serious. How many will be this year?

You may answer the survey now