Instead I've somehow found myself running a community, conferences and training - all with a focus of being the opposite of what has traditionally been out there.
There is hope. Things are changing. Just feels incredibly slow at times!
I created an Easter themed ebook, thought you all might like it! http://www.messytimes.com/2013/03/the-easter-kids-ebook/
As a tester I actually find it quite offensive. Specifically that 'manual testing does not require alot of skill'. Sure, the mediocre tester may not study as hard as the truly focused and passionate tester, but that applies to any career choice. People make the choices. You can get bad testers and great testers. You can get bad coders and awesome coders. I wouldn't go around saying that coding requires little skill because most of what I've seen are bad coders. Perhaps you should come and see how serious some of us testers are about testing and how deep we go to improve our craft - whether it is 'manual' or automated.
Manual testing, done well and done right, is absolutely essential to product test, and, in my opinion, supersedes automation as a priority. Automation can tell you if something is broken, but manual testing can tell you so much more.. is the product usable? Is it clean in appearance? Does it do the job the users will want it to do?
Rosie spoke well above, as truly dedicated testers, manual testers that REALLY know how to test and care, are an absolute boon, and worth the investment when you find them.
I guess, importantly, I love my work.
I've long been interested in creating better places to work. Perhaps mostly because I've never really enjoyed the environments that I have had to work in (in permanent jobs). Perhaps that is why I haven't had a permanent job in 10 years.
There are other factors - KIDS - or they mysterious work-life balance.
I have 3 of those things called kids and finding jobs that are compatible with them and my husbands work is near impossible. So I long gave up on that.
I've been involved in setting up a coworking space in Brighton, I now just participate in them. Coworking is truly awesome.
I now run my own thing all related to software testing (www.softwaretestingclub.com - www.ministryoftesting.com - www.testninjas.com - www.thetestingplanet.com). And I have set things up to be optimized to be needs. This mostly means organising things around my kids and having things set up so I can work with other people virtually.
It's taken me a while to get to where I am (making a living from something I truly enjoy) and there is still a long way to go. I'm feeling quite chuffed and humbled that everything is going in the right direction.
Thank you for your time!
- Software Testing ClubBoss Boss, 2007 - present
I'm Rosie Sherry. I currently spend my time working on building up community and products for the software testing industry. This includes running the Software Testing Club, a community of 11,000 registered software testers. Producing The Testing Planet, bring awesome-ness content to software testers. And The Ministry of Testing - events and learning opportunities.
I love the web and all the opportunities it brings.
Keywords that describe me: (lean) startups, communities, social web, business strategy, collaboration, coworking and software testing.
I'm married with 3 young kids. One of my biggest drivers is to achieve a work life balance for my family. This isn't easy.
- School of Life
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