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Scrum Master Mind Map

Just remembered I built this mind map a while ago on a Scrum Master contract. There are a few things that I have learn't since and would probably change. Its always interesting to look back though and see how you felt about something at the time.

I guess the main thing that leaps out at me is that I saw it as a leadership role, without the 'servant' bit in front of it. I may well have 'frustrated' other team members with my domineering attitude.

You'll be delighted to know that I haven't changed a bit.......

Testers are creative beings...or should be

One of the most common misconceptions around the world of software development is that testing is a structured, rigorous and linear process with no room for imagination or creativity. Over the last couple of years of my testing journey I've tried to embrace testing problems with free spirit and an open mind. This was mainly inspired by a distinctly uninspiring project where the lack of quality was only matched by the lack of imagination in the testing effort.
As usual it’s the hard projects which teach you the most and certainly taught me that investing a little time in exploring options can certainly pay dividends further on in the project. There is always a massive amount of pressure to get on with things but it is perfectly acceptable (in my view) to expend a bit of effort on looking for imaginative testing angles. With that in mind, I thought I would spend a little time exploring three of the options that I've used to add a little bit more edge to more recent projects....