Monthly Archives: January 2016

Suggested (to me) Books on Leadership

I recently tweeted for suggestions on books about self leadership, and leadership in general – especially books that personally helped people. I wasn’t looking for “I heard this book is great” but rather “this book helped me to become a better leader” etc.

I’m compiling the list here because I got a variety of suggestions in various tweets, and I want to have a definitive list when I go looking for books and not have to troll through my twitter mentions 😛 But also compiling here as it may help others!

Several people suggested Becoming a Technical Leader by Gerald Weinberg, along with Weinberg’s Secrets of Consulting, and Becoming a Change Artist. I should just read all of his books I guess…

One Minute Manager by Kenneth Blanchard and Spencer Johnson (blog post w/ suggestion here: http://qahiccupps.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/the-sixty-second-team.html)

The Power of Servant Leadership by Robert Greenleaf

Tribal Leadership by David Logan (as well as the TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/david_logan_on_tribal_leadership?language=en)

And of course, Jim Holmes’ book The Leadership Journey – I read what he has so far, and am excited for him to finish it (nudge nudge)!

Thanks to @spectacledbear, @qahiccupps, @jessclancaster, @codebully, and @pkirkham for their suggestions!

 

CodeMash 2016

CodeMash 2016 was awesome, as per usual. This year, I think we had a much larger turnout of testers than before. We even had some testing related open spaces!

I wasn’t able to go to all of the sessions I wanted to, but I live-tweeted the ones I did attend! I ended CodeMash with about 400 tweets, according to the rough count I got from Twitter (top is day 1 of CodeMash, before I started tweeting, bottom is after my final CodeMash tweet on Friday):

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The big screens in the main hall where my face was far too often (tweet)

Here’s the Storify of the Precompilers I attended, which were

https://storify.com/g33klady/codemash-2016-precompilers

On Thursday, I attended the following sessions (which are in the Storify link below them):

  • Is your API leaking? Breaking APIs to increase security with Joe Kuemerle

  • A whole team approach to testing with Jon Kruger
  • Accessibility of the modern web with Brian Greene
  • Growing a Testing Whole Quality Team The Hard Way with Jim Holmes
  • Open Space – tester lean coffee
  • How do we solve for XX? with Kate Catlin

  • Jam Session!

https://storify.com/g33klady/codemash-2016-day-3

On Friday, I attended the following sessions (which are in the Storify link below them):

  • Oppose Your Impostor! How to Be Freed From Feeling Like a Fraud with Marueen Zappala
  • How to Stop Hating your Test Suite with Justin Searls
  • Automation in Testing, Go Beyond Test Automation with Richard Bradshaw
  • My God, it’s Full of Tests with Kyle Lewis
  • Open Space – testing discussions
  • Secrets of Success in the Style of Glee with Jennifer Marsman

https://storify.com/g33klady/codemash-2016-day-4