A long time ago, I promised myself that if life offered me an interesting plot twist, I would follow it. Perhaps this is why I love working in the tech industry. The pace is fast and the rate of change is exponential (or sometimes even logarithmic). Being open to learning is required for professional survival. Personally, I’ve found that the plans and dreams I had 12 months ago, are not the same plans and dreams I have today. They’ve gotten bigger and I’m feeling ambitious. (a woman with ambition…this could be dangerous.)
Atlassian has been a great place for me to get my feet wet in Agile and to work with web-based technology. I love Confluence and the rest of Atlassian product line up. It is sad to leave, but life has given me another plot twist, and I’m going for it.
I’ve gotten a job with Mozilla’s WebQA team, and expect it to be a great challenge. Although the job includes exploratory, manual testing it will also be heavy on the writing of selenium checks and test infrastructure with python.
The automation lead for the WebQA team with whom I’ll be working is David Burns. He writes the blog, The Automated Tester, and has published a book on using Selenium. We met at the Google Test Automation Conference in 2008 and have kept up with each other through blogging and twitter. This will be my first opportunity to work with someone I’ve met through blogging which blows my mind!
To join the Mozilla team, I’ll be moving to the Bay Area in California where their headquarters is located. I will miss Sydney and the people I’ve met here. Believe me, I will shed a few tears when I board the plane to leave Australia.
It is, however, a few weeks before I leave, and I’ve got some loose ends to tie up. I’m working on a retrospective of using a wiki for software testing. I also plan to facilitate a session of WTANZ on March 20. Since I’ll be in a timezone far removed from Australia AND New Zealand, this will be the last WTANZ that I facilitate.
Does this mean it’s the end for WTANZ? Although I haven’t made plans for a handover, I suspect that it is not. I’ve been quite impressed with how different groups have taken the “what” of Weekend Testing and changed the time to suit their needs. I’ve also been impressed with the community of testers I’ve found in this part of the world. They are a rollicking bunch and I’m glad I can at least keep up with them on twitter.