Being a Pivot means pair programming 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. If you’ve never paired before that might sound crazy, but ask any Pivot and they will tell you how incredibly awesome it is! If you can’t find a Pivot nearby to buy a beer and pick their brain on how full-time pairing works, check out this video of John Foley talking at RubyKaigi 2013 about his experiences pairing at Pivotal Labs.
Paired ruby – RubyKaigi 2013 from rubykaigi on Vimeo.
Pair programming shares a similar philosophy with Ruby- the focus is on people solving problems for other people, not the machine. I want to share my experiences with pair programming and how it helped me become a better engineer, enjoy coding more, and maybe even grow as a person.
Today I present to you Lisa Crispin speaking at TestBash 2.0! Lisa discusses why you should learn the business domain you are working in, how you can do it, and follows it up with some great success stories from her and the audience. Understanding the business you’re working in is SUPER important not only for testers like Lisa, but also for developers, designers, and everyone else on the team!
TestBash 2.0 – Minding Your Own Business – Lisa Crispin from Software Testing Club on Vimeo.
You don’t have to learn the business domain to do a lot of valuable testing activities, such as exploratory testing. However, if you want to really make sure a feature will solve the business problem as intended, or help your stakeholders get the minimum they need cost-effectively, you should aim to become an expert in your company’s business domain.
I will share some of the ways my teams and I have been successful in learning about businesses and customers, and how you can apply that knowledge to deliver solutions that exceed both of their expectations. Participants are invited to share their own experiences in becoming business experts and how that helped them, or perhaps held them back.