Monday Musings

If there’s been a theme over the last week, it would unfortunately be that of sickness. My youngest daughter had to spend a couple of days in hospital being treated for an acute asthma condition. Thankfully she’s ok now, but it does interrupt ones flow a little. My wife, who spent nearly the entire two days in the hospital with her, would no-doubt argue that it interrupted her flow considerably more! But, the important thing is that our daughter is back to more-or-less full health, and getting the support and treatment she needs to better manager her condition in the future.

Events like these are a good reminder that relationships are the most important thing in life, and for that reminder, as well as her health and the commitment to each other demonstrated by the whole family, I’m grateful.

  • We celebrated her return to health with a visit to the Shropshire Kids Festival. Not much fun for me if I’m honest (lots of hanging around in, mercifully, relatively short queues) but the kids had a whale of a time!
  • Some of the development work we’re doing for some new TestRail features is drawing to a close. It’s been an interesting process so far, particularly from my perspective as a newly minted product manager, because we’ve been knocking against some areas of the application that I plan on addressing in future releases. We didn’t discover those areas without first carrying out some of the development work up-front though, which has resulted in some good interactions with the developers and hopefully, better relationships and increased trust as a result.
  • Something that’s going to have a big focus over the next few weeks is the TestRail QA process. I’ve no idea really how testing was done for TestRail in the past. Unfortunately, we weren’t left with a huge amount of documentation or testing artefacts to work from, so we’re having to develop it from scratch more or less. One of the things we’re doing to address that is to grow the team some more. With some additional resource, we’ll have better capability to enact the kind of testing rigour we need to keep the quality levels to the standard you’d expect for a test management product.
  • You’ll know from previous posts that I’ve been pushing out some webinars on behalf of the TestRail team. There’s more to come and this week I spent some time working on the content for an upcoming BDD focused webinar with guest to be announced in due course (once we’ve confirmed the date). I also started working on a new series of product focused webinars so that we can better educate our users about some of the features they may need support with, test case versioning (or baselining) for example, and configuration management. Based on some of the conversations I’ve had with customers over the last few weeks, I think these additions to our webinar schedule will be a great addition and a highly valued one.
  • I booked myself into the inaugural UKALF next month. I’ve not been to any of the Test Leadership Forums in the past, so I’m looking forward to the experience and hoping to build some new relationships there also.
  • I’m reading Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks. I first read The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks many years ago, but for some reason never got around to reading any of his sci-fi stuff. I’m enjoying it greatly and look forward to the Netflix version (link via Dan Billing).
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  • Robert Day says:

    I envy you discovering Iain M. Banks for the first time (as opposed to Iain Banks). ‘Consider Phlebas’ was, as you probably know, his first SF novel to be published, and in my opinion was constructed as a (reasonably) traditional SF adventure novel specifically to sell into a tough market (though there are departures from identikit space opera). His later SF novels were more “novel-like”, though not lacking in the derring-do department. Still, if you’re familiar with Iain’s mainstream novels, if you’re enjoying ‘Phlebas’ you’ll most likely enjoy his other SF even more.

    • Simon Knight says:

      There’s not much better in life than discovering a new (to you) author with a back catalogue of works you know you’re going to enjoy! 🙂 If you’re in the market for some new reading yourself, then I highly recommend the Red Rising trilogy from Pierce Brown. One of my best reads of last year, and kind of a Cyberpunk cross between Harry Potter and Game of Thrones!

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