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Weekend Testing Europe - Testing Session for LinkedIn

Great time had during Weekend Testing Europe, recommended for all to sharpen up your skills, ask questions, or just get a bit of practice. The exercise in principle was compare features from mobile to desktop on the beautiful LinkedIn app/site...

For those interested my testing session files generated:

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Linked In Mobile App

iPhone 5s iOS 8.3

Search Functionality

Risks:
## No access to search algorithm to verify results

Start:

##User needs to authenticate for search function to be available.

Flow:

##On tapping search and entering no details, contacts appear alphabetically ascending.
##Cancelling returns to home tab and reloads the Newsfeed.
##Options for the user:
People
Contacts appear alphabetically ascending.
Jobs
Displays a set of jobs you may be interested in 
? Unknown algorithm for this, would need to be verified ?
Displays option to set location
In a new dialog you can search for …

Just give me a ball park? Yankee Stadium.

Two of my favourite estimation conversations (roles are indicative, not pointing fingers).

The What Is It?

Project Manager: "How long will it take you to test our disaster recovery solution?"
Me: "What's your disaster recovery solution?"
Project Manager: "We don't have one yet, but we need to test it."
Me: "I'm not convinced that is a valid approach."
Project Manager: "Well, what shall we do then?"
Me: "Create an disaster recovery solution."
Project Manager: "Can you do that?"
Me: "Yes."
Project Manager: "How long will that take to test?"
Me: "I don't know, I would be creating it, so I can't test my own work"

The Anything But...

Product Person: "Can you provide a forecast for how long these would take to implement?"
Me: "Are you asking for an estimate?"
Product Person: "Lets call it a gut feeling then. In days"
Me: "Is that different?" 
Product…

Bad Work

Careers often hinge on shifts in mind-set and I feel as if I have gone beyond a turning point in how I regard my career. In fact I think it is the first time I have taken true ownership of my direction and values, instead of inheriting and adhering to those of another entity, namely an organisation. This realisation concerns not doing what I would call ‘bad work’ (anymore).
Before I go on, let’s specify what I believe to be bad work: Making a promise to stakeholders about delivery you know to a high probability you can’t keep.Not flagging up information that may impact the decision a stakeholder may make.Knowingly doing valueless work, as ordered by a stakeholder.Implementing an exploitative strategy which preys on the ignorance of a stakeholder.Treat someone inhumanely by hiring (or training) them to effect a particular change, then telling them how to do it.
The journey began in March 2013, I listened to a chap named Huib Schoots speak at TestBash 2013, in Brighton. He spoke of refusi…