Being Open About Motherhood

I’m finding it interesting that women (not necessarily mothers) are starting to reach out and thank me as I start to be more open about motherhood and how I balance things with my family.  Mostly the comments are thanking me for being open about things and showing how things can be done in a different way.

Recently this has been more associated related to Pass the Piper and how I wrote about it being easier to do things ourselves (on a more personal blog).

Is LinkedIn Lying?

My job title is pretty unique, made up to be honest.  Often I get emails from LinkedIn saying things like: “27 FounderBoss jobs were filled on LinkedIn recently.”

I just find it hard to believe that anyone actually ever recruits for a ‘FounderBoss’.  Even more hard when I click on the link within the email to see current jobs listed and it says there are none.

So is LinkedIn lying and how ethical, or not, is it to do this kind of thing?

Commonplace Books

I’ve been looking more into taking notes with cards and have come across the concept of Commonplace books, which I like very much!  I’ve been working on taking notes on cards anyways, but this gives my efforts another sense of focus.

I plan to use a mixture of cards, Evernote and my varying websites to log all the things.  We shall see how it goes.

Here’s some useful bits that I’ve come across.

“A commonplace book is a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits. The purpose of the book is to record and organization these gems for later use in your life, in your business, in your writing, speaking or whatever it is that you do.” – Maria Popova


Notecard system

I’ve started experimenting with my own note taking system.  It’s too early to share specifics, so far I’ve been taking notes the past few weeks and dumping them into a pile.  I expect to revisit them at some point to start organising them into something useful for my ongoing projects and ideas.

Here’s an interesting article on the concept of using notecards by Ryan Holiday.

Too much automation you say Elon Musk?

The Tweet going around atm that I believe many testers are loving.

In the past month, Tesla has issued a voluntary recall of 123,000 of its older Model S vehicles, dealt with a fatal crash of a vehicle equipped with its semi-autonomous driving system and suffered a downgrade of its credit status on Wall Street. But the most important thing on Musk’s mind right now is solving production delays for the company’s Model 3 sedan. – CBS News

In the same article above I still love the fact that Elon tweeted an April fool:

On April Fools’ Day, Musk mixed his optimism with dark humor on social media. In the midst of widespread concerns Tesla might collapse, he tweeted: “We are sad to report that Tesla has gone completely and totally bankrupt. So bankrupt, you can’t believe it.”


TestBash Feedback

Probably the most meaningful Tweet for me from TestBash Netherlands, especially as I was watching from afar.  This community has been growing strong!

Pass the Piper Ain’t Always So Easy

We can all laugh, rejoice and smile at the Pass the Piper.  At how wonderful it is to be inclusive and support me, mothers or working parents.

The reality is, I probably got lucky with the timing of Piper’s development.  She was happy to co-operate at the time.  Now, a month or so later, she is a different child and taking her out is much harder.

I went to a Brighton SWTC  recently and just couldn’t stay for the duration. And I just found it difficult to participate in any way.  So I left early. Ah well, I’m not disappointed, glad I showed up.

Rather than hide away, I believe in showing up, if I feel able to do so.  My previous self would not have done that.

I also think it’s important to share the reality, it’s not always happy smiles try to manage all the things in life.

I am a software tester who wants to work freelance. How can I get projects online?

[This is Rosie combatting software testing crapness one action at a time.  You can do this too!]

Please forgive me for the title of the blog post. I have a particular bug bear about people asking how to freelance in software testing and then all this crap responses popping, mostly pointing to places that apparently advertise jobs or are an intermediary ‘bug finding’ service.  This question was posted on Quora and most of the answers to it were horrible, so I just had to rant! 

My answer is below:

I find all these responses depressing. Mostly everyone jumping to link to an apparent website that can provide work/opportunities. But no one is addressing the fact that to be a professional freelancer you should act professionally and treat yourself like a small/micro business. The only useful bits of freelance advice provided are also so generic too.

Freelancers are small businesses. So you need to think about how businesses normally find work. The best work is often/mostly not found on any of the sites listed. The best way to work as a freelancer is to have direct contact with your customers.

Why is no one mentioning reaching out to companies? To people, developers, designers?

Why is no one mentioning creating your own website? Or promoting yourself? Or writing about testing?

Why is no one mentioning to consider what kind of things they’d like to be testing? Or customers they would like to have? And then figuring out who to approach as a result.

Why is no one mentioning how testing as a freelancer may be different? And understanding what ‘testing’ things you would need to know as a freelancer to be successful.

TestBash Brighton Feedback

Just plonking this here with a bit of joy and pride. And because I don’t brag enough.  Some feedback from TestBash Brighton just gone.

I loved TestBash! I am trying to ‘get back to the floor’ and re- learn my test skills. Test Bash was brilliant to talk and hear about real testing again, away from the corporate bullshit and myth of metrics I have been dealing with for the last 10 years. I have been in testing for 20+ years now- but am more excited than ever in the discussions and community than ever.

Highrise goes back to 37Signals

It will be interesting, especially as a Highrise customer, to see what comes of Highrise going back under the banner of Basecamp.  Whilst I haven’t dug up their announcement from ‘selling’ Highrise, this announcement definitely feels different.  I don’t hold judgement in anyway, more an observation that we are all experimenting in the world of business and all too often it doesn’t go according to plan.

It is so hard to make all the things balance in business.  I just hope no one has been hurt too much.