Our friends at WordPress was just just kind enough to remind me that it is three years since I started blogging… for what its worth…. and I guess, indirectly, asking where my next piece of prose is.This would probably be a good time to ask a rhetorical question about where I could read about the latest musings of my managers and colleagues, but I think I will keep those questions for a later time (There is a time for building friendship, and another for challenging it). And, at the same time give whomever reads this post a chance to step up , or forward….
Among all the brilliant and fabulous people I have learned to know through Twitter and blogs over the last few years, and to whom I will be forever grateful for introducing me to and enlightening me in the world of testing, I have not yet found even one hailing from Norway (apologies to
@bjorklo who arranges Test-pubs in Oslo but who I did not meet through Twitter… or a blog).
It feels like I’m adding another Finnish or Swedish tester to my “following” list every month, not to speak of those crazy Brits who seems to be spawning Thinking Testers en masse (big thanks to Rosie for gathering testers searching for a home), but Norwegian testers…? I guess they want to keep their genius for themselves…. because they certainly don’t seem to advertise it!
Seriously boys and girls!!!! Look at Let’s Test!!!! We are about half as many as the Swedes… we should be able to make at least half as awesome a test conference as they can, if not better!!!
My (fairly limited) experience of Norwegian software testing is severely limited to “Verify the requirements”, and quite far from asking the question “Is there any problems here?”, with the accompanying discussions about tester skills and methodologies (my present employer excluded as I just recently started and don’t really know yet). Are everybody so hung up on “process” that they don’t care about what is really going on?
For the first time in my life I look upon my Swedish brothers with envy (a bit of neighbourly in-jokes and competition to be inserted here), as they seem to have a thriving and growing tester community. I am really looking forward to the Let’s Test conference in May, even if I am likely to be the lone representative of our proud nation, and way underdeveloped when it comes to testing skills.
Anyways, had it not been for some minor economic issues connected to a mortgage and an apartment, I must admit I would be very tempted to move to London, or somewhere close, as there seems to be such a great community of testers on the British isles. At the moment I am looking for reports from TestBash2.0, and regular things like London Test Gatherings hosted by Tony Bruce almost seems like a reason to move just on its own.
Until my ship comes in and I can go to the mountain, I guess I’ll keep picking up the small pieces of the mountain that rolls near by me…
… and I’ll try to post more than once a year… 🙂