Timeline of 2018
- My testing tour got kicked off with Maaret Pyhäjärvi in January and ended after 25 pair testing sessions with Peter Kofler in October. It was a wonderful learning journey.
Pairing up with someone who excels at #testing made me learn tons in so many ways! Thank you so much @lisihocke ! 😀 https://t.co/6qdVgffSci— João Proença (@jrosaproenca) June 8, 2018This is like a great tv series! Cannot wait for the next one. Nice work with @marianneduijst https://t.co/cHu9VHOv1W— Toyer M (@tottiLFC) October 17, 2018
- I facilitated the very first mob testing session with our company's testing community.
Hosted a #MobTesting workshop for our company's testing community today, based on the tutorial @maaretp gave last #AgileTD - had so much fun, learned a lot and grew closer together! #MobProgramming #Mobbing— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) January 18, 2018
- I joined our company's newly found Tech Chapter, a cross-team structure to drive technical topics on a global level.
- European Testing Conference: Toyer Mamoojee and I told our story how we became learning partners. In addition, this was our very first paired talk!Submitting a 2 person talk is ok. We accepted one of those last year for #EuroTestConf. But doing one is HARD and convincing the pair of you know how its done means most pairs don't make it to program. A good 2 person talk is a talk that cannot be delivered by 1.— Maaret Pyhäjärvi (@maaretp) July 13, 2018
- I created the concept for the first tech conference of my company, the FlixTechSummit, and started putting the plan into practice together with a group of wonderful people across tech.
- Mob Programming Conference: I got invited to facilitate two mob sessions and visited the US for my very first time.
I think you’d enjoy seeing what @lisihocke does with language J and a group that knows nothing about it.— Maaret Pyhäjärvi (@maaretp) September 4, 2018
- DevExperience: This developer conference added a new testing track and invited me as speaker.
- My product team implemented and achieved a zero defect tolerance policy and has adhered to it ever since.
Today's an epic day in the life of my team's product: we finally have 0 defects in our product backlog!! 🎉 next challenge: keep it like that 😁— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) April 30, 2018
- I introduced two other product teams at our company to the mob approach.
- I wrote my first post for our company's new tech blog about my story as first-time conference speaker.Read about @lisihocke's incredible journey of overcoming her fears to become an international speaker. What an amazing person! 💪 https://t.co/0tGJUAsjpy— Cassandra H. Leung (@Tweet_Cassandra) May 8, 2018I loved this post - so many great tips for first time speakers. I still do a release plan for every talk, although not so formal anymore, and I still get nervous so do practice a lot too. It's great to see new speakers coming forward. Thanks for sharing. https://t.co/khjLVNdQ70— Janet Gregory (@janetgregoryca) May 8, 2018
- Toyer Mamoojee and my extended pact group kicked off.
One more #ExtendedPactGroup call and it was awesome! Great knowledge sharing with @tottiLFC & @lisihocke , focusing on "how to create a talk" as we're already looking at our participation in #AgileTD this year. Looking forward for the next one and having @dxhymshiti back with us! pic.twitter.com/f9FmUUkSun— João Proença (@jrosaproenca) June 4, 2018
- I mentored people on public speaking for the first time.
Mentored a new voice speaker from my company today and was able to pass on advice I received myself over the last year. He really appreciated me taking his fears seriously and sharing my experience, preparing him for his first conference talk. #feelinggood— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) May 29, 2018
- I did my first company-wide internal presentation about what a software tester is and how my everyday world looks like.
- I did my first ever webinar, sharing the lessons I would have loved to know when I started out in testing.
- Our company's first tech conference, the FlixTechSummit, took place! You can find all talk recordings in our YouTube playlist.
- I got promoted to "Principal", which is the next seniority level after senior in our company and comes with working on a global level in addition to the work in our product teams.
- CAST: I shared the lessons learned on my testing tour and inspired others to go on their own tour. Also, I introduced further people to the mob approach.
- SwanseaCon: I got selected again to speak at this wonderful software crafter conference, sharing my testing tour lessons here as well.
- TestBash Germany: I started my sketchnoting experiment, inspired by Marianne Duijst. I did sketchnoting at four conferences now, and I can clearly see my progress as well as the benefits this method provides. I even managed to inspire others to start their own sketchnoting journey!
Whooooo! I'm sitting here cheering. This is sooo fabulous. They look wonderful! Just browsed through them & you got a lot of content down. #soproudofyou #TestBash & #learning for the win! #happy https://t.co/5TaCpfyzZU— Marianne Duijst (@marianneduijst) September 14, 2018Great summary with lots of conference emotions. Got inspired by @lisihocke's sketchnoting pics. Got a pack of nice pens and learning has started. Danke Lisi! https://t.co/yNsXYbqUvZ— Reinhard Meyer (@ReinhardMeyer9) December 9, 2018
- I learned once more about the power of visibility and positive feedback, this time within my own company.Told an awesome teammate yesterday how awesome she is, what wonderful work she does & that I'm already telling everyone to not let it go unnoticed & increase her visibility. Learned this was much needed & appreciated, I should do that more often & have the power to do so! 💪— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) September 19, 2018
- Agile Greece Summit: Thanks to Maaret Pyhäjärvi I got invited to speak in Athens about my journey at my current company FlixBus as well as facilitate a mob session. The talk triggered lots of conversations, the mob session inspired people to try it in their own companies!
Have fun! You are a great #mobprogramming facilitator and I am sure others will greatly benefit from your experiences!— Data-Driven Uncertainty (@tPl0ch) September 17, 2018Had our first #mobbing session at work today! 🎉🙌😀Modeled after the excellent #MobProgramming workshop by @lisihocke at #agrs2018, we sat together for two hours to explore how this new form of collaboration works.— Michail Grymporounis (@m_grym) October 15, 2018
- Toyer Mamoojee and my extended pact group evolved into a power learning group bringing together even more wonderful people to learn from.
So today 1st session of the #PowerLearningGroup with @lisihocke @dxhymshiti @mirjanakolarov @Iki_Kviki and @tottiLFC , all of which I've met at #AgileTD or #EuroTestConf ! Awesome introductions and setting up the next one in #LeanCoffee format! Looking forward! 😀 #TestersUnite pic.twitter.com/mqi4DjgYR3— João Proença (@jrosaproenca) September 6, 2018
- Despite all the time I've spent away from my product team during the year already, my team still had my back and everything was working very well.
Isn't it awesome when you return to your team at work after 1 week and they welcome you, tell you they missed you, that everything is going well, the board looks good and you also find chocolate on your desk? 😊 I 💚 my team #proudflixtech— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) September 17, 2018
- I had learned to acknowledge that I am technical during the past years, and to tell people so. This time I received a wonderful reminder not to belittle any skills I have.
Me: "I am not an automation expert." My former people manager: "But you have a huge toolbelt!" 😊 #MadeMyDay— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) September 28, 2018
- A dear teammate triggered revising our automated end-to-end tests in an incremental way by frequently pairing with me.
Had a great day with my team. Got even better when a new colleague asked me to pair with him tomorrow on a new story, and another lovely teammate helped me fixing some tests and offered to pair with me a bit every day to improve them further. 🌞 #ILoveMyTeam #proudflixtech 💚— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) October 11, 2018
- HerCAREER: I facilitated a meetup at this career fair and exhibition targeted at women, sharing my story as well as answering any of their questions regarding my job as tester.
- My testing tour ended - and it was a full success.
Ever since the session I did with @lisihocke - I am more conscious in areas where I can see I would make much better progress with learning while pairing with someone. Moral support (we're all humans and have flaws) on " hard to stomach" topics makes emerse positive difference :)— alt the tester (@alt_lv) December 12, 2018
- Test Automation University: Angie Jones invited me to create a course for this newly founded learning offer. Stay tuned!I'm often asked by followers if I can create online courses for test automation. I'm now finally able to do that! And I've also gathered a bunch of other brilliant folks who will provide courses for you too! All for FREE! I present to you #TestAutomationU 📚 https://t.co/0Kjab2jBoy— Angie Jones (@techgirl1908) November 15, 2018Jesus Christ, like a Super Group meets All Star Team!!😱😱😱 ```With initial offerings by test automation experts @techgirl1908 , @TourDeDave , @jlipps , @jcolantonio , @ambertests , @lisihocke , @manoj9788 , @jarbon , @rajaraodv, and @giltayar ``` https://t.co/pNtDA75w1T— Jose Pita (@dvpita) November 15, 2018
- The 10th anniversary of Agile Testing Days: In Toyer Mamoojee's and my learning partner workshop we told our story and provided the setting to trigger further learning partnerships - and three emerged out of our small group of attendees! And not only that: 2017 I had made it into the top 10 of each workshop and talk ratings, and this year our workshop even landed on the first place!
Feeling proud that @lisihocke and my workshop is currently sitting at 1st place on the @AgileTD rankings. The preparation, trial-runs and execution was so much fun, so glad that the feedback and ratings are just as good. #agileTD thank you @AgileTD for making my day!— Toyer M (@tottiLFC) December 12, 2018
- Testing United: I gave my first keynote ever!
It's done!!! 🎉📣🔑🎵 Just gave my very first keynote "Next Stop: FlixBus! A Tester Exploring Developer Land" @testing_united. Thanks for having me! 😃 #TestingUnited #AchievementUnlocked 💪— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) November 19, 2018
- I received absolutely lovely peer feedback from my product team, even though I've been a lot at conferences or working on other company initiatives. Seems I managed to strike the balance in their point of view!
- Overall, I now gave 15 sessions at 11 conferences in 7 different countries since September 2017.
- I received further speaking offers and other opportunities and was strong enough to say no. Note to myself: Practice that more often.
- Including this one, I wrote 45 blog posts this year, summing up of a total of 75 since I started this blog in December 2016.
- I continued to attend several different local meetups, something I only started last year.
- In my company's testing community, the other two moderators got engaged a lot more this year. We tried lots of different formats for our monthly meetups, aiming for continuously improving how we can provide value for each other.
- I made some further steps towards changing the world to the better when it comes to diversity and inclusion. I spoke up in case of bad talk; not always, but a lot more often. I made colleagues aware of the singular they and asked them to get used to it. I made clear that as a woman I don't feel included in "guys", and I know many more who don't as well.
Today a young male colleague said that due to me pointing it out, he cannot overhear male pronouns used generically for people anymore. He even told his friends to use the singular they instead to include everyone. #weCanMakeAChange https://t.co/oyGe0H8PUm https://t.co/8yfxfBPbbi— Elisabeth Hocke (@lisihocke) November 8, 2018
- I received so much lovely feedback from the community. This means a lot for me and is super encouraging!.@lisihocke is fantastic at giving feedback. Her observations are on point, and her style of delivery is neutral and constructive. Thanks! @AgileTD— Alex Schladebeck (@alex_schl) November 15, 2018
- As you can clearly see above: I got a LOT better at recognizing and stating my own achievements. I indeed practiced to do so! I'll be glad I wrote about them so I can remind myself of them whenever impostor syndrome overcomes me again.
Thanks Are Due
- My personal learning network, with my accountability and learning partner Toyer Mamoojee leading the way! Also, I'd like to thank everyone of our power learning group explicitly: Dianë Xhymshiti, João Proença, Mirjana Kolarov, Viktorija Manevska, Simon Berner, Lilit Sharkhatunyan, Pooja Shah, Dragan Spiridonov.
- All those wonderful people who joined me on my testing tour this year, with Maaret Pyhäjärvi in first place who heavily influenced my tour through leading by example. Peter Kofler for having three pair testing sessions with me and agreeing to continue pairing regularly in 2019.
- All people of the Women in Testing slack as this is a most wonderful support group and network I learned to heavily appreciated.
- All those people who provided me new opportunities! Like getting selected or even invited to conferences, webinars, podcasts, writing articles, and more.
- All those people with whom I went sightseeing after conferences - I had a lovely time with you! Lisa Crispin, Barney Dellar, Marcus Hammarberg, Nancy Van Schooenderwoert, Woody Zuill, Dawna Jones, Mark West, Marianne Duijst, Gwen Diagram.
- Marianne Duijst, for being such a huge inspiration when it comes to getting out of our own comfort zone, public speaking, sketchnoting, and more.
- Patrick Prill, whose kindness, encouragement, support and wonderful constructive feedback on my conference talks is invaluable.
You are definitely at the right place at the right time. It's amazing to follow your growth literally every month. And I was very proud to have you on stage in Munich. Looking forward to what you will achieve next. I assume the sky is the limit. My hat's off to you!— Patrick Prill (@TestPappy) May 8, 2018
- Thomas Rinke, for all the things he does to drive our community forward, for being a great ally, for being a wonderful person to talk with in general.
- Ashley Hunsberger, for openly sharing her thoughts and emotions and for providing sound advice on my very first keynote!
- George Dinwiddie, for sharing his story when it comes to bad talk, and for having a sympathetic ear when it was most needed.
- My fellow FlixTechSummit organizers, for their hands-on support and hard work. No one could have done it alone and we made this first tech conference happen together!
- And last but not least: My wonderful product team! I know we have each other's backs and this is not taken for granted. THANK YOU.
Outlook for 2019Here's a sneak peek of what's coming next.
- #CodeConfident: I decided on my personal challenge for 2019. Several people already offered their support and am eager to kick it off.
Looking forward to read about your progress with programming, your ability to turn your personal challenges into experiences that help you and others around you improve has always been inspiring.— Michail Grymporounis (@m_grym) December 12, 2018
- I will continue pair testing on the topic of security with Peter Kofler.
- In the first quarter I offer cross-team and cross-role mob sessions at my company to have people learn with and from each other. The first response was positive and people already signed up.
- TestBash Brighton: I have the chance to finally experience the home of all TestBashes and share my lessons from my testing tour.
- There are more conferences to come, so stay tuned.
- There will be a second FlixTechSummit to organize! I hope we can include our lessons learned and make it even an better learning experience for everyone.
The Biggest Challenges
Now, I do all of that and more. There's family, friends, and personal interests. Last year I wrote I noticed I played a lot less computer games! Unfortunately that's still true. Therefore, I explicitly included this as an indicator to pause in my new #CodeConfident challenge. So, besides that, my biggest challenge for 2019 will be to take care of myself.
- Avoid "hamstering". The more I did and shared publicly, the more visible I got, the more opportunities opened up for me. Which is great! The downside: it's really hard to say no to things I'd love to do, however, I only have limited capacities just like anyone else.
- Balance the load. Even when carefully selecting what I do, I know I will do a lot. So I need to balance my time even more carefully.