Software People … Work From Home
Software People … Work From Home
Insights & Experiences From Planet Earth
About the Book
Software people from all over the planet share their insights & experiences, opinions, and tips.
The coronian times during the year of 2020 have - in fact are still at the time of the writing - proven to provide a good number of challenges for everyone.
Who knows … this may turn out to be very handy in less extreme times.
About the Contributors
Mike is a tester in New Zealand who has two decades of experience in IT. He's written extensively as TestSheepNZ about testing and general agile politics. He's the author of an introduction book of testing, How To Test.
Petros has graduated the University of Piraeus and the Technological Educational Institute of Crete. He has been working professionally as a software tester for 11 years, with a strong focus on automated testing using various tools like QTP and Selenium. He also has significant experience in white box testing, application testing (desktop, web, and mobile), and security testing. Petros is also the main organizer of the Ministry of Testing Athens meetups.
Nishi is a corporate trainer, an agile enthusiast and a tester at heart! With 12+ years of industry experience, she currently works with Sahi Pro software as an Evangelist and Trainings Head. She is passionate about training, organizing testing community events and meetups, and has been a speaker at numerous testing events and conferences. Nishi is also a technical writer has numerous articles published at popular forums and her own blog (link see below) where she writes about the latest topics in the agile and testing domains.
With 11+ years into the IT industry, and experienced various job roles from web developer to backend engineer and now automation and quality coaching, I've been constantly intrigued by technology and people. People create and use technology, so understanding them first is the key to deliver technology easier. Currently Lead Quality Engineer in Sydney, Australia, here's my experience during the extraordinary pandemic.
I usually get to writing every month where I tap into topics such as motherhood, productivity, decluttering and abundance.
About 5+ years in testing, from Belarus, currently live in Luxembourg, work for Finologee.
QA Engineer by day. Shy but also not. I love my dogs. Not a morning person. Coffee and tea must be milky.
Tester, speaker, writer, trainer. Background in experimental physics and social psychology. Tested software since 2009. Currently working to enable medical laboratories do their work smarter.
I'm Huib Schoots, nice to meet you. I have over 25 years of experience in IT. My personal mission is shaping better people and software quality by connecting, innovating, facilitating, coaching, enabling and teaching. I'm fascinated by mindset, thinking, behaviour and collaboration. I'm active in many communities.
Janet Gregory is an agile testing and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of three agile testing books. Together with Lisa Crispin, she has founded the Agile Testing Fellowship to grow a community of practitioners who care about quality.
Lina is a driven advocate on building high-quality products, and seeding empathy, diversity & inclusion.
Frontend punk in Oslo, coding for a living since 2006
Nadia Cavalleri lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is an information systems engineer and psychologist. She obtained the Rational Functional Tester for Java Scripting certification.
Nadia has been working in Testing and Quality for more than 14 years. She works as Operation and Quality Leader.
Matthew tests software in Cape Town. A difficult-question-asker, fighter-for-the-user, and cat-herd-rallier.
I am an automation enthusiast. I have enjoyed being a software tester, helping the team to follow testing processes and support that enable teams to deliver high-quality software in DevOps Environment. I'm always enthusiastic to attend Conference meetups for professional development.
Paolo Perrotta speaks and writes about software development. He worked as a developer in domains that range from embedded to enterprise software, computer games, and web applications. These days, he mentors and coaches developers throughout Europe. He has a basecamp in Bologna, Italy.
I am a software testing consultant based in Perth in Scotland working under the name of Claro Testing. My main area of interest is the governance issues associated with testing. My IT career started in 1982 and I in addition to testing I have worked as a developer, systems analyst, business analyst, project manager, IT auditor and IT security manager.
Hi, there! I'm a software tester, a full-time digital nomad since 2016. I studied geopolitics and worked in tourism. Currently I run a blog to help people land full-time remote jobs.
An enthusiastic QA professional who enjoys sharing experience and thoughts through articles, talks, sessions, workshops, etc.
I'm a freelance Software Tester living in Lyon (France). I have 14 years experience in Software Testing and I like to call me a holistic tester.
I'm a passionate tester, I have about five years of experience on different projects combined between testing, and coaching roles. I love applying gamification in testing and agile for better coaching experience. In my free time, I organize events for MoT Sfax and I enjoy traveling, cooking, attending agile and testing conferences.
Einar W. Høst is a software developer at NRK, the Norwegian public broadcaster. He enjoys domain modelling, API design and computer programming. Prior to the pandemic, he used to do talks at various programming conferences in Norway and in Europe.
Lavanya Mohan is a software engineer with experience in both software testing and software development. She cares deeply about shipping quality products and enjoys working with teams that value learning & sharing, culture of feedback, etc.
I test & write software, studied physics. I like the ocean, mountain hiking & art.
Languages (in alphabetical order): English, German, Ruby
Not the cricketer! I am a QA consultant at Rubber Duck Consulting, an international speaker, conference organiser and facilitator. In my spare time I enjoy teaching children to code as a CodeClub volunteer as well as spending time with my wife, 5 children, chicken and dog.
João Proença comes from Lisbon, Portugal, and is a Quality Engineer. He has assumed various roles throughout his career in the past 13 years, including quality assurance, development, customer support and marketing. Finding innovative solutions for difficult problems is what drives him the most, so he is always eager to talk about how professionals are overcoming testing challenges around the world. Outside of IT, João is passionate about songwriting, movies and football.
Lisa has been spreading agile joy to the testing world and testing joy to the agile world for two decades. Her current interests include helping teams succeed with continuous delivery and deployment. She lives with her husband, donkeys, cats and dogs in beautiful Vermont.
QA & Test Automation Leader
Mesut is QA & Test Automation Leader at Siemens. He has a Bs & MsC degree from Bogazici University Electrical & Electronics Engineering. He has served for managing Verification & Validation activities in multinational projects in Defense Industry for 7 years.
Since he moved to Siemens Istanbul office, he has been working in Agile Software Testing projects for more than 3 years. He is acting as a Product Owner & E2E Test Automation Leader in the QA team for cloud-based open IoT platforms.
Head of QA
I am Head of QA based in Dubai, UAE. I have about 17 years of testing and test automation experience across multiple industries. Originally from South Africa, I am fascinated by agile, testing and everything digitally that makes the world tick.
Passionate about testing since almost 13 years, I share my passion and get a lot from any people who wants to share with me. I write articles in French blog “La taverne du testeur” (“The tavern of the tester”) and host Ministry of testing meetups in Rennes (France).
I have been in the IT-industry since 1999 when I got my first job as a developer fresh out of school. I liked coding but after about ten years, it felt like I kept solving the same problem over and over again. I was bored. I found testing - and the intellectual challenge I needed.
Since then I have worked in most testing-related roles, everything from being the only tester in a team to designing, building and leading testing organizations.
I believe continuous improvement is something we should all strive for by keeping up to date and always challenge ourselves, our assumptions and the way things are done.
A few years back I realized that coaching and mentoring people, aka developing people, was just as interesting as developing software so since 2017 I have focused on management roles. As a complement to that, I am an avid blogger, speaker and workshop facilitator.
I live outside of Stockholm with my family, in a big house filled with gaming stuff, books and sewing things.
Mariia is a Ukranian native living and working in Germany. She is a software developer by education and QA by vocation. Mariia has been working in quality assurance for 8 years in different domains: online television, online shopping, risk management, travel booking and tax management.
In recent years Mariia has focused her career path on test management and become a servant leader of the QA team. Her main passions are:
- helping her team members evolve,
- optimizing testing with automation, test design techniques and better processes,
- exploring all unknowns and edge cases during manual exploratory testing.
In childhood Mariia wanted to become an astronaut. Her dream partially became true before the pandemic, when Mariia was working in the open space Zattoo office.
Table of Contents
- Who was involved
- 1 Taking a load off being a woman in tech
- 2 Testing Is About Humans
- 3 I Definitely Understand My Dog A Little Better Now
- 4 Remote before, during, and after COVID
- 5 Conscious Change
- 6 Multiselfing
- 7 Locomotion
- 8 The joy of remote mode
- 9 A year of coaching from home
- 10 COVID-19 Reflections
- 11 Connections in Isolation
- 12 We all are being hit the hardest
- 13 Adapting to Change
- 14 Can an extrovert people-person survive leading remotely?
- 15 Love (For Quality) In The Times Of Corona
- 16 A Fun Way to Keep Focus and Stay Healthy
- 17 New Opportunities During The Pandemic
- 18 (Test)imonial in a Time of Corona
- 19 Expanding Horizons
- 20 The Start Of A Video Conference Is Indistinguishable From A Seance
- 21 Challenge Beaten! Now, I Can Go To Production
- 22 Speaking and Engaging from Home
- 23 Adapting to the new normal days from the old normal
- 24 How We Grokked Video Calls
- 25 There is only one way you can live, and it is all together
- 26 My Corona
- 27 Testing School At Home
- 28 COVID-19: Helping, Learning, Opportunity
- 29 Through My Eyes, Middle East Experience
- 30 The Unusual Divide
- 31 The Joy of Working from Home
- 32 What Dreams May Come
- 33 In search for a quiet space
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