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Un-just yourself

On Agile Testing Days 2019, Damian Synadinos gave a keynote with the topic „More Than That“. His basic message was, everybody could put more than one „label“ on herself. We’re more then testers or developers, we’re also human beings, parents, children, husbands, wifes, players, musicians… and so on.

Another important advice Damian gave is „un-just yourself“. And he means that we should not make ourselves small. We’re not „just“ testers; we are testers. That resonated strongly with myself, already during that talk.

Why? I think I’m using „just“ way too often. For example at work, when I’ve filed a bug, and a developer or project manager approaches me and asks: „How the heck did you spot that? That’s such a difficult thing to find!“, I used to reply „I’ve just done my job.“.  And thanks to Damian I now have a totally new perspective on that: I found that bug by doing my job, by being a tester. I’m in that field for nearly 15 years, I learned it, from the ground, attented trainings, workshops, meetups & conferences, I’m reading books & blogs, I’m practicing testing to constantly get better at it.

I’m a professional software tester, that’s why I’m able to spot that difficult-to-find-bug, that a lot of other people would not have found. I’m a tester, not „just“ a tester.

After that talk, during visiting other talks at the conference, I noticed how often other speakers were using „just“ in their talks, and by that diminuishing something they did, they achieved. By that, people are also making their own achievements make appear smaller than they actually are. Also, most probably, this is not good for one’s own self-confidence.

I even think that’s my most important takeaway from this year’s Agile Testing Days: Un-just yourself!

See also what labels Stephan Kämper is putting on himself: Calling Me Names — New Labels

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Confluence Excel Macro: Last Row and Column is Not Working

If you encounter the issue, that the „last row“ and „last column“ setting is not working in Confluence´s Excel macro, this is a pitty. As to find in the comments of the official bug report (including steps about how to reproduce) at Atlassian (https://jira.atlassian.com/browse/CONF-31741), they won´t fix this issue, because the Excel macro is deprecated.

Since I´m using the macro quite heavily, I´ve played a bit around and found the following workaround that might be also working for you:

  1. Add your Excel attachment
  2. Add the Excel macro
  3. Set last row/ column
  4. Save the page
  5. Edit the page
  6. Add a new version of your Excel attachment
  7. Save the page

Now the settings in „last row/ column“ are applied correctly.

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The Starfish Retrospective

In most retrospectives, we´re using the plain „What went good? What went wrong?“ – technique via a roundtable, noting down the outcome of this, then start discussing possible solutions for the „wrong“ things, coming up with action items to solve them, decide to take the actions, and ask participants for their ROTI (Return of Time Invested).

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QuickLinks for August 2011

Here a quick list of articles I´ve read during the last month:

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FitNesse & FitSharp: Some troubleshooting (2)

Could not load file or assembly…

When setting up FitNesse & FitSharp for a project recently, I ran into a really strange problem. I tried debugging using FitSharp´s RunnerW.exe and got the following error message:

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QuickLinks for July 2011

Here a quick list of articles I´ve read during the last month:

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In an ideal world…

…when you arrive at the developer´s desk to let him know that his changes have broken the nightly build he tells you, that he´s already fixing the issues.

#ILoveMyJob

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QuickLinks for June 2011

Here a quick list of articles I´ve read during the last month:

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QuickLinks for May 2011

Here a quick list of articles I´ve read during the last month:

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MS SQL / T-SQL: Get a random date

Lately I needed to get a random date from an MS SQL Server, and it was a real pain to find something on google about it. Luckily I stumbled upon the blog of Ben Nadel who has written a great article about Getting A Random Date From A Date Range In SQL.