Blogging again..

What happened in the last year since I last wrote on this blog?

Well, I was in a stage of being unhappy in my last job and that also distracted me from many other things.
Now I a few months into my new job and found the inner peace again to write some blog posts.

I joined a consultancy which has a good setup for agile testing.

This brings along some new aspects for me.

First is being a Consultant.
I did not have that field in my focus, but some peers recommended it to me, so I pondered about it.
The biggest reason to leave the old work was the feeling, that I couldn’t bring the improvements I wanted to bring for the company.
Well, I still believe the improvements would have benefitted the company and that I was not biased and wanted to bring my ideas for the sake of them being mine.

This has been rubbing off on me for quite some time.. Winter 2010 roughly.

The consultant job might help me with that factor. At least I can leave the client, when the project is over and he hasn’t listened to my advice. :-)
I hope it plays out in practice as well as in theory. :-)

Currently I am in a “traditional” project; assisting the test management in a migration from Hosts to SAP IS-U environment.
Very cool. First I learn SAP, second I learn working in a “big” company (coming from middle size firm is a *huge* difference) and third, my help and expertise is really acknowledged and sought after.
That’s a double cool and feels *really* nice.

Second aspect is shaping and sharpening the agile setup of our company.
I work on defining workshop formats and content, on long term new business areas, marketing material and what now.
Since I was always a “Jack-of-all-Trades”, this is also a big benefit for me.
Plus it challenges me also in a good way to think up content and ideas.

Third: I have tester collegues!!!
How cool is that? Working for 3+ years as the Army of One was more exhausting than I recognized before.
Even with the now and then Weekend Testing exchange or user group meetings, I rarely had the chance to discuss testing stuff and bounce ideas.
Or get corrected, when I forgot an important factor in my approach. So YAY for tester buddies.

Fourth I meet so many interesting people.
I did some workshops and testing dojos in a medical device company. Quite some stuff they have and do there.
I also met global testers in the trainings I attended (did I tell already, that my company is big on education their employees..) and got a lot of exposures to different industries, approaches and live experiences from them.

So yeah, 2012 started well. And I hope the Mayans were wrong, otherwise it would *really* suck.

To keep my promise I made (when I find a good job..) I got myself a tribal Ganapathi.
So I also found a new tattoo artist, which I might consult again. :-)

Thanks for reading along,
Maik

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