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Bloggers Club: What's the best career advice you've had?

When I was in university, I signed up to a mentoring program. Back then, I actually had no interest in pursuing a career in IT, I was actually a lot more interested in a career in management consulting - so this piece of advice can apply to all disciplines, in my opinion. I spoke to the careers advisor at my university   about what I was thinking of doing in the future and she suggested a guy called Dan to be my mentor. There's one piece of advice that he gave me, that still sticks with me. What makes you so f***en special? Now, as someone who lives in Sweden - this seems to be in direct contrast to the first rule of Jantelagen (Law of Jante) , "You're not to think you are anything special" so let me try to explain how I have interpreted this piece of advice. It's more a matter of forcing some self-reflection and realising what you have to offer , than it is about being special. When I was starting out my career, I was well-aware of the fact that it can be very ha

Bloggers Club: I wish I knew more about...

I wish I knew more about... Git and Source Control. While I've used Git in the past and been able to do what I need to do - I've never felt particularly comfortable in this area. I've read up a bit on what exactly source control is, and why we have it - so I feel that I understand the concepts at least. BUT when it comes to actually using Git - I tend to feel that I'm only keeping my head above water; technically staying afloat. I find that I have a fairly good idea of what to do, and what my options are if I need to park some changes I've made in my local etc. but when I read more up on it online, then I realise there's actually so much more to learn - and that I've barely touched the tip of the iceberg. My first step to tackling this is to take Simon Berner 's course on Git Source Control. I recently discovered the Bloggers Club on the Ministry of Testing Club. For more posts on this month's theme, check this out. 

4 Books Which I've Found Useful for my Testing

 1. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman I heard from quite a few people how beneficial this book was for them. About six or seven years ago, I tried to read it, but couldn't get into it - then I tried again about two years ago and really enjoyed it. It's an intense read and focuses a lot on cognitive biases - a lot of which I come across in day-to-day testing.  2. Lessons Learned in Software Testing: A Context Driven Approach by Cem Kaner, James Michael Bach and Bret Petticord While this book was written almost 20 years ago, a lot of the lessons still apply today. There's A LOT of useful advice you can apply.  Strongly suggest you get a copy and then use it as a reference when the need arises.  The great thing about this book is that it's split into almost 300 lessons - so you can fairly easily pick it up and put it down. My highlights include: Lesson 9: You will not find all the bugs Lesson 25: All testing is based on models Lesson 57: Make your bug report an e