Going to my first Agile Testing Days event was possibly the best career-based experience I’ve had. I met a wonderful array of people, and found it incredibly welcoming. I can be socially awkward, especially in crowded situations like that, but the atmosphere and warmth from everyone there made it easy for me. Big love to the 4am people, you know who you are 😉
There have been no lack of ideas that have come from the conversations taking place, the questions I was asked during my talk, and realisations I’ve had since I’ve been back home.
There was a curious idea that I realised after being back home. At an event like Agile Testing Days you are present with many other testers, you’ve read their blogs and watched their talks. You know their ideas, but because you’re sharing a social space with them; it feels like their ideas are more present in your thoughts. But this is something I only realised in retrospect. It came to me when I was thinking about a question I was asked about paired testing in VR.
I immediately answered that paired testing was a great model to use for VR Testing, then I went on to mention mobbing, and how that could work well too. Now I know about Maaret Pyhäjärvi‘s work on mobbing. I’ve also thought about it in passing as a good model to try for VR Testing. In that moment when I answered the question, the fact I had seen Maaret around the conference and said hi, meant that the idea was more present in my head. Then during Maaret’s talk I was inspired to start formalising those ideas into a workable model.
I love the organic way things like this happen. It all stems from those simple interactions and just being in the same place as so many inspirational people.