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🥧 Pie-Mail - T is for Tester 🥧

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Hi everyone! I'm playing with the email format again. I hope it's readable!

Hope you're all having a good week - I'm off to DevNxt (a development conference) this week, and very much looking forward to it! Please come say hi if you're there!

👕 T-Shaped Testers

On the subject of conferences - I've had a couple of conversations this year, with testers, about attending developer conferences.

These have been frustrating conversations. Because these people had the label or role of 'tester', they felt they didn't belong at an event for developers (or product managers, or designers).

This is not true at all!

In Agile circles, there's this concept of the 'T-Shaped' team member.

If you've never heard it before, it refers to a team member having a broad set of skills, and specialisation in one particular area.

When you map it out, it can make a 'T' shape:

In this example, this person has a 'deep' set of skills in testing, and 'shallow' skills in other areas.

I think it's really important that testers embrace this idea of having a breadth of skills as well as depth. Testers now have to interact more and more with other disciplines in a business, and advocate for quality from different perspectives.

How to go about getting that breadth?

Here are some starting points:

That's not an exhaustive list at all - I'd love to hear from others what your recommendations are for getting a broader skillset as a tester.

Ultimately, the message for today is that there are no borders - when testers get involved, and learn about other areas, it makes them better testers!

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Full Stack Dev New Zealand are hosting Damian Brady from GitHub, to talk DevOps processes. Codespaces, GitHub actions and more.