What did I learn today?

I launched the website on Jan 1, 2017 and have been thinking “What Next?”
Though I got more than ten ideas, I was waiting till today to zero in on this idea – Daily Learning.
I have decided to share my daily learning here. Over a period of time, this might be a good collection of how I spent my time and is there a pattern in my learning.

04th April 2017
I did not interfere with how Abinaya (@AbiTheTester) set up the Facebook page “Test With Ajay” (https://www.facebook.com/testwithajay/) and she surprised me with the final result. Most of the times, we kill someone’s creativity by imposing our ideas on them. Think about it.

02nd April 2017
I don’t remember how I landed up at this app but I am so happy that I did. The app name is Encode (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.upskew.encode). This learning goes well with what I am learning from “Java for Testers” by Alan Richardson.

28th March 2017
I presented in the meetup organized by Agile Testing Alliance. There I saw a demo of how Dharmalingam from Moolya created mind maps programmatically. Pranav K S looked at me and asked: “Why did it not strike us?”. It was an important question and I think I know the answer. We are busy doing the same things:
– Meeting the same people
– Reading the same authors
– Playing it safe with our learning
– Not spending enough time “thinking”
The day we will spend considerable amount of time thinking on solving authentic problems, we would have made progress. After the meetup, I and Ravisuriya helped Pranav understand the problems he was facing, which were similar to the problems we faced when we started our testing journey. Do you see a pattern? We talked the same things which we already knew 🙂

05th March 2017
After the three days of STeP-IN Forum’s awesomeness via the Agile Testing Days Asia conference, I checked my email. There was an email from a tester who wanted help in getting back on software testing track after spending a lot of time in the banking domain after being on bench as a software tester for few months. We decided to get the concepts right in five hours and then practice for five days before trying at different companies.

The day’s output was similar to this:
The big problem came when the tester was asked to test a feature of an application. I had demonstrated testing of a feature, how I took notes, how to investigate some of the bugs we discovered, how to use tools to assist testing. Maybe, I should have a call with the tester to handhold them for few sessions.

15th February 2017

How to deal with micro management? Link: http://www.mountaingoatsoftware.com/blog/three-questions-to-ask-when-being-micromanaged Who is being managed, when and is there a pattern 🙂

02nd February 2017

10th January 2017
Call for conferences is on for two of the conferences I like. http://enjoytesting.blogspot.in/2016/11/call-for-speakers-for-two-of-my.html

There is a new security testing exercise list – 30 days of security testing by Ministry of Testing

Read the first book from the list http://www.inc.com/rhett-power/15-free-ebooks-that-will-help-you-grow-as-an-entrepreneur.html?

Book name: 50 startup founders reveal why their startup failed

Beta tested an iOS app. I had shared my mobile screen using Quick Time Recording + Google Hangouts. I was just wondering if there was a way to mask passwords during such sessions.

Had a call with Shrini Kulkarni and discussed on how to question. The books 92 ways to talk to anyone and Crucial Conversations came to mind. Recollected the course Think Again: How to Reason and Argue

Spent time discussing about learning, programming, teams with Narayan Raman and understood how one can use the “I want to agree with you” premise to let people open up to share their views.

Was reading the book Amma (on Jayalalitha) and figured out how running a political party is definitely not a child’s play.

I have been practicing my chess skills again. ajay184f is my id on Chess.com

4th January 2017
Article on Test Strategy by Fiona Charles: https://www.stickyminds.com/article/basics-revisited-test-strategy
I received the link for this article in my inbox today and having attended Fiona’s session, I read the whole article. To my surprise, this was from 2011.
Idea: I need to spend some time revisiting archives from different forums.

I take a lot of videos and screenshots resulting in my phone memory quickly filling up.
This also means I cannot install more apps.
Idea: How can I make a lightweight mobile recording rather than saving on my phone? Search for a tool that saves directly on cloud and gives me the link to share.

I had 2000 INR note and wanted to get change in 100 / 500
Once the cashier handed me the change, I noticed that someone had scribbled on one of the 500 notes. I was not sure if it meant that the note would no longer be accepted by banks. How do we prevent someone from scribbling on the note?

Multiple logins to the same GoDaddy account is possible from two computers on two different networks.

WordPress: You can give access to a user to a specific site(or page) from the main domain. Need to investigate more.

We still see many websites with error messages that make perfect sense to the website owner and at the same time, the users have no clue why they are facing the error message.

The Zen of Problem Solving: The Path of No Resistance by Peter de Jager. I created a quick unpolished mind map of the webinar. Here is the partial image.

And I wanted to follow Peter to realize that twitter showed me that I had blocked him. Now, I have no clue why I would have blocked him. I just hope that it was accidental. I started thinking about how many such accounts I would have blocked by mistake…

See you tomorrow.