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Rosie Sherry
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Indeed!  I consume alot, but am always my happiest and most satisfied when I create something. Much better to get something/anything out there than nothing at all...and over time things will naturally improve.
This is going to come across as perhaps a bit scatter-shot, because it contains thoughts that address a lot of things that I am involved in. Each of these could be addressed in a number of different places, and in time will very likely be addressed there, but for right now, today, ...
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I almost left the testing profession because of all the daft stuff that we often feel forced to do.  Not only certification, but generally just bad testing.

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!
Coming into my fifth year of Software Testing, I began to rethink it as a discipline. The current debate is between traditional methods of testing and more modern schools of thought: Entrenched methods are represented by the...
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What made you stay?
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I created a Lego Hulk Mask, what do you think?  I'm learning to draw with my iPad and I am finding it lots of fun! http://www.messytimes.com/2013/05/lego-hulk-mask/
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That's cute +Rosie Sherry!
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New resource page from Ministry of Testing - Behaviour Driven Development - http://www.ministryoftesting.com/resources/bdd/
Cucumber Introduction to Cucumber « .. Library of WONDERS .. Automated Testing with Cucumber + Capybara « .. Library of WONDERS .. Cucumber & Cheese | CheezyWorld Using Cucumber to Adopt a Pupp...
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I've been learning to draw recently.  Trying to do it the modern way, you know with an iPad.  I'm actually quite enjoying it and find it quite relaxing.

I created an Easter themed ebook, thought you all might like it! http://www.messytimes.com/2013/03/the-easter-kids-ebook/
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Very cute!
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John - are you a manual coder?  

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.
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The question for me is misleading...  It is one piece of a larger context.  Ultimately the goal is quality assurance.  Manual testing is one after the fact way of assuring quality.  There are many steps along the way to help insure quality.  There is quite a bit of science around insuring QA and tests be they manual or automates are just a small part of that.  The scientific principle is extremely important here.  How do you frame your assumptions, how do you determine what to test.  How do you measure success or failure.  When to apply this during design, development and after delivery is very important.  Being able to gauge the costs of metric gathering and testing, etc...  Also insuring communication occurs between all parties and that there is mutual understanding as well as agreement is also essential.  Manual testing is but one small tool in the toolbox of a QA professional. 
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Thanks for coming. You didn't include my favourite photo though :) https://twitter.com/jokinaspiazu/status/449089959044333568
... or how we managed our small British adventure. The plan. All this started in September 2013, I went to Brighton because +Rosie Sherry organized a affordable one day training about Rapid Software Testing for Managers, wit...
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Nice one :). Would love to share what you do and learn from this.  Perhaps there is a Part 2 in the future? :)
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Rosie, I've already started, my plan is to make a workshop or concept paper for every entry. When I'm finished, perhaps we could talk about open sourcing the content as an official ebook or something :). 
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I created a Lego Hulk Mask, what do you think? #learningtodraw http://www.messytimes.com/2013/05/lego-hulk-mask/
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In my journey with learning to draw mostly on the iPad I've created an ebook of kids Easter activities, hope you enjoy it!?

http://www.messytimes.com/2013/03/the-easter-kids-ebook/
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Hello. My name is Rosie and I'm a workaholic - I mean, I'm always working on stuff that is about building, learning and growing my horizons.  I don't stop working. I'm constantly figuring out and learning how to do new things. Working for me is not what most people would call work. Some of it is about growing myself, but this is directly associated to growing my business.

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!
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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.

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