I’ve been job hunting now for nearly 4 weeks. I’ve had face to face interviews with 6 companies, done 3 technical tasks, have 2 more interviews scheduled, have 3 more technical tasks to do and 3 more leads I’m chasing up. And I’m exhausted. I’ve been rejected by 3 of those interviews, I turned down… Continue reading job hunting diaries
This blog is a response to this blog by Michael Bolton titled “the end of manual testing”. While attending EuroSTAR in Copenhagen in 2017 I had the joy of having a good chat to Michael about this topic. Let me speak from my experiences; I’m bored in my current role and I’m looking for a new job.… Continue reading Response to “the end of manual testing”
I have a few issues with my current job: I feel insanely guilty for not finding my current role to be the most exciting thing I’ve ever done. I’m contracted out to a client, and I can’t officially say who the client is but there is just so much hype around this client for supposedly… Continue reading I don’t enjoy my job
I’m currently participating in GovHack 2017 at the Sydney location (add a 2017 year in review link like this 2016 one when available). It’s the first hackathon I’ve attended this year. When I first moved to Sydney 4 years ago I participated in 4-5 hackathons the first year and it’s slowly died down since then.… Continue reading Hackathon Fatigue
I was having a chat with an old colleague on LinkedIn today (Brian Osman) and we were talking about Agile. The question was, “how does Agile at Tyro differ from <Client>*?” My conclusion was that by focusing on certain “Agile” rituals an artificially high stress environment can be easily created. Here is this conversation: Bosman:… Continue reading Agile and Stress
We had an amazing Sydney testers discussion group today on sharing stories around our job hunting experiences. One comment that came up was on local experience and I wanted to elaborate a little more on it. I would say there are atleast two ideas behind why someone would care about local experience. Unconscious bias and… Continue reading Where’s your local experience?
I’ve recently started speaking at conferences, here are some of the recordings: Slides Slides Public speaking is hard, I still get nervous about it. However it can be enjoyable and I look forward to speaking more. I used keynote for the first deck and canva/keynote for the second deck.
Here’s my rant on Agile: Agile is a bit of a buzz word these days. If you aren’t doing Agile, there is a tendency to think you are missing out. At it’s core Agile is about adapting to change. As a tester, I’m often asking myself, “How can I add value?”. You can be doing… Continue reading Agile
are you struggling to attract diverse speakers at your tech conferences? take a leaf out of Katie Conf’s book and challenge yourself to find those female speakers. All of the speakers at Katie Conf have names that are based on the name Katherine and are actively involved with their tech communities. If they could organize a theoretical… Continue reading Diversity in conferences
Update: Sam Connelly Tester Profile V2 I used canva to create a resume, I had fun putting it together. You can view V1 here: Sam Connelly Tester Profile