2018 has been an interesting year, and also a very busy one for me.
I took some time late last night to understand exactly what I achieved and what I had missed during the last 12 months of work. I try to do this every 2-3 months, and then again at the end of the year as kind of a personal retrospective, and only then did I realize the amount of stuff I managed to do during in 2018.
Of course, the only reason I did all these things is due to the help of many people in my team who either assisted me, or bluntly pushed me to do stuff that I was not sure I could do.
And so I wanted to start this post by thanking them (you know who you are!), and also my family for putting up with me and with all my crazy stuff.
Visited PractiTest customers in 23 Cities and Countries
As part of my day-job I get to visit PractiTest customers to understand how they are working and get ideas on how to improve our product. This year was a busy one where I got to visit either customers or prospective customers in the following cities (without any real order):
Tel Aviv, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Columbus, New York City, Boston, London, Cambridge, Reading, Tokyo, Denver, Houston, Austin, Cleveland, Barcelona, Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam, The Hague, Copenhagen, Chicago, and Madison.
I hope I did not miss any important city along the way…
Visiting customers I got to see how people are really enjoying PractiTest, and also understand the challenges we can continue helping them with.
As it seems, next year we will have just as many visits and maybe even more.
Attended and participated in 7 testing conferences and 4 Meetups
I had a great time talking to testers in testing conferences worldwide.
I attended this year UK Star (I did a talk with Simon Prior there), talked at the Test Leadership Conference in NYC, Chaired the OnlineTestConf in the Spring, and then again the Fall 🙂 , took part of StarWest and also in EuroStar (where I got invited to a roundtable session by my cool friend Derk-Jan DeGrood), and I will speak in a couple of days at the Sela Developer Practice in Israel.
I also got to talk in meetups and similar sessions in Los Angeles, Reading, London, and Stockholm
This year I am already scheduled to talk in conferences in Japan, Romania and San Francisco; and the year has not yet even began…
We did 9 webinars in PractiTest
An activity that I always enjoy (it may be my frustrated-teacher illusion) is to do Webinars.
With PractiTest we ran 9 webinars this year around different testing related topics. I really enjoyed hosting talks this year with a number of people including James Bach with whom I had a great talk about ET and SBT.
Teaser, we have more sessions schedule with some pretty amazing testing people for 2019!
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Released another great State of Testing Report
This was the 5th year we ran the State of Testing Survey and Report. With additional great insights.
We already started working with my friend Lalit on the next edition!
Started a new Podcast project
Last but not least on this list of stuff, I got to work on a project I had been thinking about for a while now. A podcast around testing topics.
I was able to convince one of the coolest testers (he is not strictly a tester anymore, but who is counting?) Rob Lambert, and we launched our “yet unnamed” podcast! You are invited to listen to it and subscribe!
This year was great and I hope next year will be even better!
It is cool thinking about all the things we did, but we need to always see this as a basis for our next challenges.
I have a feeling this coming year will be interesting and also challenging… so I will do my best to keep you up-to date.
Hope you all have an amazing 2019!
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