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Karen N. Johnson
QA or The Highway 2016
How Nancy Drew prepared me to become a software tester
Who is Nancy Drew?
A cultural icon, Nancy Drew has
been cited as a formative
influence by a number of women,
from Supreme ...
The New Nancy Drew:
Reimagining a Gutsy Female Character
“Nancy Drew is renowned as one of fiction’s most enduring strong-...
The Hardy Boys
The Hardy Boy mysteries were
designed for boys to
encourage the same love of
reading and build on a sense
o...
“Rediscovering Nancy Drew”
How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016
Edited by
Carolyn Stewart
Dyer
and
Nancy Ti...
“Rediscovering Nancy Drew”
How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016
Edited by
Carolyn Stewart
Dyer
and
Nancy Ti...
How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016
“Women in many
occupations told of
learning from Nancy to
see adventur...
How Nancy Drew prepared me to become a software tester
What is the point of today’s talk?
It is not for Karen to share nos...
“Making Thinking Visible”
By
Ron Ritchhart,
Mark Church,
&
Karin Morrison
¨  Project Zero through Harvard Graduate School...
See/Think/Wonder
What do you
see?
What do you
think about
that?
What does it
make you
wonder?
How Nancy Drew Prepared Me ©...
Think/Pair/Share
A thinking
routine
designed to
encourage
students to
think on their
own, then
share, compare
notes and
mo...
What makes you say that?
What’s
going on?
What do
you see that
makes you
say that?
How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. J...
I used to think… But now I think…
A thinking
routine
designed for
reflecting on
how and why
our thinking
has changed.
How ...
Compass points
E = Excited
W =
Worrisome
N = Need to
Know
S = Stance or
Suggestion to
move forward
How Nancy Drew Prepared...
“Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes”
By
Maria
Konnikova
¨  Active vs. passive attention
¨  Building and culti...
Active thinking
engagement vs. been there done that
From “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes”How Nancy Drew Pre...
How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016
“We may feel we have been there, done that
our attention wans
this is ...
Building and cultivating a brain “attic”
¨  Imagination has a place
alongside using the scientific
method
¨  Think of yo...
Scientific Method
¨  Create a hypothesis to explain observations
¨  Design an experiment to test the hypothesis
¨  See ...
The mindset of a hunter
How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016
¨  Ever-ready attention
¨  Environmental app...
How Nancy Drew prepared me to become a software tester
“Nancy Drew mysteries pulled me into the stories, encouraged
my ima...
Karen N. Johnson
Email: karen@karennjohnson.com
Twitter: @karennjohnson
How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016
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Karen N Johnson Keynote address QA or the Highway 2016: How Nancy Drew prepared me to become a software tester

  1. 1. Karen N. Johnson QA or The Highway 2016 How Nancy Drew prepared me to become a software tester
  2. 2. Who is Nancy Drew? A cultural icon, Nancy Drew has been cited as a formative influence by a number of women, from Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Sonia Sotomayor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former First Lady Laura Bush. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Nancy_Drew&oldid=703381938 How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016
  3. 3. The New Nancy Drew: Reimagining a Gutsy Female Character “Nancy Drew is renowned as one of fiction’s most enduring strong-willed female characters of the 20th century. Though not a superhero by standard definition, her character is seen as a powerful icon. She’s guided by for her intellect, known for her physical strength and portrayed as independent, capable and gutsy. When it comes to mystery and danger, Drew doesn’t play sidekick to male characters throughout the original series. Rather, she’s at the forefront of the action, spying, collecting evidence and making bold decisions. She’s applauded by male counterparts for her achievements rather than her looks, and she doesn’t shy away from adventure.” source: http://amysmartgirls.com/the-new-nancy-drew-reimagining-a-gutsy-female-character/ How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016
  4. 4. The Hardy Boys The Hardy Boy mysteries were designed for boys to encourage the same love of reading and build on a sense of adventure. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Hardy_Boys&oldid=703436626 How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016
  5. 5. “Rediscovering Nancy Drew” How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016 Edited by Carolyn Stewart Dyer and Nancy Tillman Romalov ¨  Although Nancy Drew is a favorite character, people often don’t recall the plot lines – they generally carry a more nostalgic generalized memory of her character. ¨  Nancy is shown as “conquering our worst fears, giving us a glimpse of our braver better selves” ¨  Nancy inspired girls to preserve, to achieve, to ask questions and find answers.
  6. 6. “Rediscovering Nancy Drew” How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016 Edited by Carolyn Stewart Dyer and Nancy Tillman Romalov “Detection is about heightening awareness, using visual enhancers – after all look at the tools for detectives: flashlight, binoculars, telescope, magnifying class – these are the tools of the inquisitive.”
  7. 7. How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016 “Women in many occupations told of learning from Nancy to see adventure in problem solving and the joy of self-reliance.” -- from “Rediscovering Nancy Drew”
  8. 8. How Nancy Drew prepared me to become a software tester What is the point of today’s talk? It is not for Karen to share nostalgia. It is to see what we can pull from Nancy Drew to teach and inspire both ourselves and other software testers.
  9. 9. “Making Thinking Visible” By Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, & Karin Morrison ¨  Project Zero through Harvard Graduate School of Education ¨  Devised thinking routines for students ¨  See: www.pz.harvard.edu/vt ¨  Let’s compare these routines to how Nancy Drew “worked” How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016
  10. 10. See/Think/Wonder What do you see? What do you think about that? What does it make you wonder? How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016 From “Making Thinking Visible”
  11. 11. Think/Pair/Share A thinking routine designed to encourage students to think on their own, then share, compare notes and move onto explore together. How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016 From “Making Thinking Visible”
  12. 12. What makes you say that? What’s going on? What do you see that makes you say that? How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016 From “Making Thinking Visible”
  13. 13. I used to think… But now I think… A thinking routine designed for reflecting on how and why our thinking has changed. How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016 From “Making Thinking Visible”
  14. 14. Compass points E = Excited W = Worrisome N = Need to Know S = Stance or Suggestion to move forward How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016 From “Making Thinking Visible”
  15. 15. “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes” By Maria Konnikova ¨  Active vs. passive attention ¨  Building and cultivating a brain attic ¨  Make use of the scientific method ¨  Compare sleuthing by Holmes vs. Drew How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016 From “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes”
  16. 16. Active thinking engagement vs. been there done that From “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes”How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016
  17. 17. How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016 “We may feel we have been there, done that our attention wans this is why it is not just the skills of observation but the ongoing skill of being motivated, being engaged and that takes mindfulness, deliberate practice and discipline.” From “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes”
  18. 18. Building and cultivating a brain “attic” ¨  Imagination has a place alongside using the scientific method ¨  Think of your brain as a storage facility ¨  Deduction and reasoning come from your brain’s “attic” ¨  Ongoing education is critical How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016 From “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes”
  19. 19. Scientific Method ¨  Create a hypothesis to explain observations ¨  Design an experiment to test the hypothesis ¨  See if the results match the expectations ¨  Lather, rinse, repeat How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016 From “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes”
  20. 20. The mindset of a hunter How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016 ¨  Ever-ready attention ¨  Environmental appropriateness ¨  Adaptability ¨  Acknowledging limitations ¨  Cultivating quiet ¨  Constant vigilance Can you see how Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes use all of these attributes? From “Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes”
  21. 21. How Nancy Drew prepared me to become a software tester “Nancy Drew mysteries pulled me into the stories, encouraged my imagination, and sparked a passion for wanting to figure things out. These same skills and attributes are needed in software testing.” – Karen N. Johnson
  22. 22. Karen N. Johnson Email: karen@karennjohnson.com Twitter: @karennjohnson How Nancy Drew Prepared Me © Karen N. Johnson, 2016

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