Category Archives: Ways of Working

Musings from a remote pairer

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Over the past couple of months I’ve been double a lot of remote pairing for obvious reasons (if you are reading this in the future google “COVID-19”..). I feel like I’ve learnt a lot along the way regarding how to get the most out of remote pairing sessions, both individually and for the pair or team. I wanted to share some of the things to do and things not to do with you.

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Pragmatism in Testing

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A really important part of being a tester is the ability to be pragmatic when the situation calls for it. It’s important to have principles and values that you are guided by but there are times where you might need to compromise these to get the job done. I don’t think this should be seen as a bad thing, rather an ability to adapt to the situation in front of you. I’m going to examine some of the most common scenarios from my own experience where you may have to compromise and be pragmatic in your thinking.

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Ergo, check your ego

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As the saying goes..

 

“There is no I in TEAM”

 

This is undeniably true, but there is also no WE in TEAM either. However there is a ME (sort of).

 

So what does this mean? Does it mean that the team is less about individuals or groups of individuals and actually about thinking what you can do to help the team? Well yes it does actually, but what it more likely means is idioms are pointless.

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