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STARWest: Make Your Team Awesome, Yes You Can!


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STARWest: Make Your Team Awesome, Yes You Can!

  1. 1. @maaretp Make Your Team Awesome -Yes,You Can! by Maaret Pyhäjärvi
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  4. 4. @maaretp Just a tester * but no one is just anything
  5. 5. @maaretp She's like "I want to exploratory test your ApprovalTests" and I'm like "Yeah, go for it", cause it's all written test first and its code I'm very proud of. And she destroyed it in like an hour and a half.
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  7. 7. @maaretp Testers don’t break the code, they break your illusions about the code. - Adapted from James Bach
  8. 8. @maaretp We aren’t here to make a great product or a great company, but rather to make our customers awesome at whatever they do with our products or services. –Kathy Sierra, Badass: Making Users Awesome
  9. 9. @maaretp Make People Awesome
  10. 10. @maaretp 1. Safety is a prerequisite for learning 2. Learning is a superpower 3. Wanting credit can get in the way 4. Finding my identity 5. Takeaway learnings
  11. 11. @maaretp Phychological Safety unlocking performance
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  13. 13. @maaretp Who is on a team matters less than how the team members interact, structure their work, and view their contributions. –Project Aristoteles, Google
  14. 14. @maaretp Safety is a prerequisite for learning
  15. 15. @maaretp Willpower and cognitive processing draw from the same pool of resources. - Kathy Sierra,Your App Makes Me Fat
  16. 16. @maaretp People aren’t afraid of failure, they’re afraid of blame. –Seth Godin
  17. 17. @maaretp What defines me is both the best behaviors I amplify and the worst behaviors I tolerate - adapted from Jurgen Appelo
  18. 18. @maaretp Learning is Superpower an industry of learning
  19. 19. @maaretp Machines are learning, are you? –Paul Merrill
  20. 20. @maaretp Every day when I come to work, my goal is to be better after the day.
  21. 21. @maaretp The 5-Year Rule
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  23. 23. @maaretp 5.5 hrs of learning and 2.5 hrs of working puts you ahead after 1 year if the gain daily is 1%. - Llewellyn Falco
  24. 24. @maaretp Cognitive Dissonance
  25. 25. @maaretp Serendipitous Learning
  26. 26. @maaretp Experts are not the one ones who know the most but ones who learn the fastest
  27. 27. @maaretp Caring for Credit teamwork conditions
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  29. 29. @maaretp It’s not that I’m so smart, I just stay with the problems longer.
  30. 30. @maaretp guest-blog/the-forgotten-life-of- einsteins-first-wife/ “Mileva Marić Einstein was a physicist who contributed significantly to his groundbreaking science.”
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  32. 32. @maaretp Best ideas win when you care about work over credit
  33. 33. @maaretp Why are there no baby dinosaurs? 5/12 identified types of dinosaurs did not exist
  34. 34. @maaretp Four C’s of a Modern Tester making us awesome!
  35. 35. @maaretp A Job Description for me: 20 – 60 % of hands-on testing 20 – 60 % of helping others test Rest: do whatever you like that is beneficial for the company JukkaTalvio Manager Extraordinaire Quality Director, HERE Consumer 2005
  36. 36. @maaretp Catalyst Conscience Cheerleader Critical thinker
  37. 37. @maaretp Catalyst increasing rate of reaction
  38. 38. @maaretp Holding space
  39. 39. @maaretp It is easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission. – Grace Hopper
  40. 40. @maaretp Changing myself and environment, not the others
  41. 41. @maaretp Lending Privilege
  42. 42. @maaretp Conscience sense of right and wrong
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  44. 44. @maaretp Being brave when others are not with a survivorship bias warning
  45. 45. @maaretp Avoiding decision is a decision
  46. 46. @maaretp From gatekeeper to advisor
  47. 47. @maaretp Cheerleader power of the positive
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  49. 49. @maaretp What ever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. – Indra Nooyi
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  51. 51. @maaretp Being Authentic
  52. 52. @maaretp Critical Thinker seeing things others don’t
  53. 53. @maaretp Product is my external imagination I am my developer’s external imagination
  54. 54. @maaretp Pool is not a bigger bathtub
  55. 55. @maaretp Catalyst Conscience Cheerleader Critical thinker
  56. 56. @maaretp Tools for Awesome We don’t have it all yet!
  57. 57. @maaretp Glance
  58. 58. @maaretp Alfred
  59. 59. @maaretp "All the brilliant people working on the same thing, at the same time, in the same space, on the same computer." -- Woody Zuill
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  61. 61. @maaretp Maaret Pyhäjärvi Email: Twitter: @maaretp Web: Blog: (please connect with me through Twitter or LinkedIn)