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Thursday, August 15 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Why is There a Marble in Your Nose

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The first time I asked a student “Why is there a marble in your nose?”, it was a learning experience for me. That initial “why” led me down a path of questions that I hadn’t known I needed to ask - and it revealed that the real challenge wasn’t actually the stuck marble at all! The real challenge I needed to solve was that the student had outgrown naps and needed something to do while his classmates were sleeping.

Software testers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, which often influences how we carry out our role as testers. For instance, the skills involved in helping children transition from playtime to naptime enabled me to lead a rollout of process and workflow changes in our engineering department. My experience teaching math to 5th-grade students with an “I do; we do; you do” approach translates pretty directly to helping engineers learn a new testing framework. And of course, I learned the importance of asking “why”, which has made me a better advocate for users and engineering teams. Why did we make that design choice? Why should we iterate this process? Why isn’t this tool working out for us?

Every experience matters. We all bring a variety of expertise and lessons learned from previous roles or industries - and this is a good thing! It allows us to think outside the box and challenge the status quo; to include perspectives that would otherwise be lost or overlooked. Having a wider breadth of experience and knowledge makes us better testers, and I hope that my talk inspires you to think about how your prior jobs have impacted and improved the way you work in software testing as well.

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Angela Riggs

QA Manager, Instrument
I'm currently at Instrument as their first QA Manager, working to create Quality Engineering as an internal discipline! This means I get to solve people problems and nerd out on process improvements 😄I believe that empathy and curiosity are driving forces of quality, and enjoy... Read More →

Thursday August 15, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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