Fireflies by the river – a pet project to learn from

Last weekend me and 3 other Altoms participated at Somes Delivery, a local event in Cluj that wants to present different ways of integrating the local river(Somes) into the lives of the city’s inhabitants. We applied with a project that proposes to bring digital fireflies on the banks of the river. They would be lights that react to noise and light.
The “fireflies” placed in two trees above a resting place by the river would light up only when the noise was under a set threshold. We wanted to encourage people to sit quietly and contemplate the river in the evening.

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Volunteering for CITCON 2016

The Continuous Integration and Testing Conference, abbreviated as CITCON, is an OpenSpace non-profit conference which for ten years has been organized in various cities around the globe. Currently, each year there are four editions taking place on four continents: Europe, America, Asia and Australia & New Zealand. The previous editions in Europe took place in London, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, London again, Budapest, Turin, Zagreb, Helsinki and this year in Cluj-Napoca.

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Testing is all that and more: A project retrospective – Part 4

Hoping I’ve got your attention by now, I invite you to discover the last part of my retrospective series.

Which was my influence within the project?

My influence on understanding the client’s need to be informed
I learned from my past experiences that even if the client is not specifically asking for a status all the time, he wants to have transparency and he needs to be informed of what is happening.

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Testing is all that and more: A project retrospective – Part 3

In the first two parts of my retrospective series I revealed I had the opportunity and experience of traveling a lot to the client’s site.

What about working on client’s site?

Now, this is an interesting topic, because, until this project, I worked mostly remote, in the Altom office.

Working on client’s site was a request I knew about from the beginning of the project and I found it intriguing and challenging at the same time. I was told I should be available at client’s site in Germany as much as possible in the first three months. I knew this would take me out of my comfort zone. No sooner said than done.

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Testing is all that and more: A project retrospective – Part 2

In the first part of my retrospective series, I told you about the first three months I spent on the project, the challenges I encountered and the lessons I learned.

What changed after those 3 months?

Well, the Pilot project ended. And the actual collaboration started.

Since the Pilot project went well and the clients were pleased with my involvement, work and qualified opinions, the project was extended. The trips to Germany were carried on as before.

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Testing is all that and more: A project retrospective – Part 1

Recently, I finished a project I was involved in for 2 years. I had the opportunity to allocate some time for doing an analysis, so I started to write down my ideas. The outcome was a nice and comprehensive retrospective, covering challenges I encountered during the project and lessons I’ve learned, which I would really like to share with you.

Since we’re talking about a long project and my ideas expanded on lots of pages, I decided to do a series of four blog posts that I’ll post during March.

The series will debut with how I started the project and how the first three months on the project were.

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Meet us at CeBIT 2016!

We are back at CeBIT 2016! This time, Oana and Bogdan are by Alex’s side!

Our temporary address is Hall 6, Stand F48 or, if it is easier for you to find, the Romanian Pavilion. We are there until Friday, March 18!

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Version 2.1 of the SBTM Session Template was released!

In 2014 our colleague Ru created a tool in Google Scripts to support her testing in an organized and measurable way, using the Session Based Test Management method. The tool is available in the Google Templates Gallery via this link https://drive.google.com/a/altom.ro/previewtemplate?id=0Aqk-dNwZsfwrdHlfYTRSN3FKQzlVenBYWUhZUk44REE&mode=public&ddrp=1#.

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