I wrote my first post on this blog about six years ago. I was three years into software testing then. I’m around nine years into it now. Many things have changed over the years, in processes, in tooling, in people I work with, but some things remain the same. The core of my abilities in making a living as a tester is still rooted in a strong relationship with the software development team, and how strong that relationship is depends on everyone’s communication and technical skills. I’m fortunate enough, all these years, to have worked with wonderful people, enabling me to make a living in an industry I’ve come to love.
I’ll most likely going to be working as a tester for many more years to come.
Today, however, I am putting this blog on an indeterminate hiatus. I’m not sure when I’ll be back. There’s not much to say really, except that I would like to take the time and energy I’ve been putting here somewhere else that may or may not work.
For now, all that’s left to say is a huge thank you for following along. 🙂
I have learned a lot about software testing by reading books like James Bach’s Lesson’s Learned in Software Testing, Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory’s More Agile Testing, and Alan Richardson’s Dear Evil Tester. I’ve learned many things about agile software development by reading related books too, which include Gojko Adzic’s Impact Mapping, NewVoiceMedia’s So You Want to be a Scrum Master?, and Bernadette Jiwa’s Meaningful: The Story of Ideas that Fly. Books are always a great resource for mastering new ideas and concepts, especially when they’re written by authors who care deeply about the topic they’re writing about.
I also enjoy watching videos to digest new skills, which often works for me when I want to study tools and techniques. Google Tech Talks and Selenium Conference are two wonderful resources for keeping up with news about using automation in testing, while uDemy is where I usually look for interesting online courses.
And I got these book titles, video channels, and links from following blogs of people I look up to in the software testing community. Feeds from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are noisy, are often a distraction. Blog posts on the other hand are often built by people who care about something, for people who enjoy doing the same things, which means readers are more likely to get what they really need directly from people who actually know what they’re talking about, some of those things not even found anywhere else. I’ve learned a great deal from such people, which is why I continue to read what they write and connect with them as much as possible.
Seth Godin is telling us to read more blogs. I encourage software testers to do so too.