Good morning from Portland!
It feels really good to say that as it has been three years since I've been able to be here in person. It's somewhat comforting to realize that life is, at least sort of, coming back to normal :).
This year is a little different, so I'm going to probably be a little more cattershot with my live blogging attempts this go around. I'm one of the first speakers this go around, as I'm giving a talk on "The Intersection Between Accessibility and Inclusive Design". The cool thing is that I'm part of the "Invited Speaker's track this go around, so if you want to, you can actually hear me speak in real-time and for free :).
If so motivated, go here :
Vernon Richards, Quality Coach
We are starting out today with Vernon Richards (hey, Vernon, welcome to Portland :) ). Vernon runs the House of Test in the UK and has been a long time contributor in the Quality space so it's exciting to hear him talk about "Career Choices for Modern Day Testers".
For many testers, there comes a time when they ask themselves "is this everything I'll be doing? Am I going to be "just a tester"? Let me start with the statement that there is nothing wrong with that and many software testers have very fulfilling careers being "just a tester". However, it has been my experience that we rarely get to have that simple of a career trajectory. It's been my experience that testers are often pulled in numerous different directions and often can have their run of the mill if they are so motivated to :).
Vernon is asking something along the line of my second string of thought, as in "what direction will I be pulled in, or should I pursue if so interested? I have experienced a broad realm of possibilities over the years and really I've often been given my choice of arenas to play in.
Over the years, I've been:
- a Sales Engineer of sorts (more a rapid response/Tiger Team debugger and problem solver but aligned with the sales team)
- a build master and Jenkins maintainer
- an automation specialist
- a customer support engineer
- a team lead for a variety of organizations
- a test consultant pulled into a variety of projects here and there as needed
- a podcast producer and moderator (not really associated with any direct hire job but I spend enough time on it so it counts)
- a writer of articles and book contributions (see above ;) )