The 2011 Survival Guide: Lessons for Test Professionals

Julie Gardiner, Grove Consultants

When we are in dangerous situations, we need a well-thought-out survival guide to help save ourselves and others. These lifesaving principles and skills provide the basic necessities for life and help us think straight, navigate safely, signal for help, and avoid unpleasant consequences of interactions with our environment. Julie Gardiner shares her 2011 Survival Guide for testers and test managers living in today's challenging business and technical environments. Topics in her guide include: Turn your job from a daily grind into a passion-life's too short not to have fun; Demonstrate every day the value of testing-if you aren't adding value or if others don't know what you're accomplishing, you may be toast; Choose your battles-if you try to fight every battle, you will certainly lose often, and become frustrated and angry; Make important expectations part of your schedule estimates and commitments-your performance relies on good requirements, working code, and a decent test environment; and most importantly, Maintain your integrity at all costs-otherwise, you won't be taken seriously, and you'll lose the respect of others. Join Julie in this thought-provoking session and take back the important principles, tools, and skills you need to survive-and even flourish-as a test professional.

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