The Monthly Dose of Testing Land - March 2024

The Monthly Dose of Testing Land - March 2024
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Book I'm reading

The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win. is an insightful book that provides a unique blend of fiction and real-world scenarios to illustrate the challenges faced by IT organizations and the transformative power of DevOps principles. The protagonist, Bill Palmer, takes readers on a journey that explores the complexities of IT operations, project management, and organizational dynamics. The story emphasizes the significance of collaboration, continuous improvement, and a customer-focused approach in driving business success.

I haven't finished reading the book yet. I tend to lose focus on non-fiction books after reading more than 60% of them if nothing exciting happens. But I won't give up until I have completed it entirely :)

An event in which I participated

Agile Mammoths Games, was an event fully focused on Agile and on how to integrate Agile into our processes. I had the pleasure of hearing Cliff Hazell, who worked for Spotify and helped build up the famous Spotify model. I loved his talk and I wrote down some of his words in big letters to remember them:

💡The right team pushing the right key at the right time.

I found the idea that copy-pasting doesn't work when creating or modeling a system very valuable. While Spotify may have successfully created its famous model, it cannot be expected that the same model will work in other contexts.

One major takeaway from Cliff's talk was to be more conscious of and acknowledge existing biases when making decisions.

YouTube channel I discovered

The "Life of Riza" YouTube channel offers an engaging exploration of daily life, personal growth, and self-improvement. Her YouTube channel grew a lot in the past year, due to Riza's authentic and relatable approach and amazing filming skills. Riza provides viewers with a diverse range of content aimed at empowering and uplifting audiences to live their best lives. I was drawn to her content because of her clear speaking style and genuine kindness that shines through the screen.

Photo by Vanessa Serpas / Unsplash

Project Management content I recommend

Recently, I have been trying to enhance my knowledge and skills in project management, as it is a minor yet important component of my day-to-day work. During my search for quality content, I came across Adriana Girdler's offerings, which I found to be very comprehensible and easy to follow. If you are also interested in learning more about project management, I strongly suggest that you check out her content.

Simple recipe I tried for the first time

Granola. Can you believe it? I hadn't eaten granola in years until very recently. I'm not a big fan of sweet breakfasts, but I figured I'd give it a go as a snack. What have I used?

  • 100 g mixed whole nuts (I used almonds and walnuts)
  • 300 g rolled oats
  • 80 g mixed seeds (e.g. sunflower, pumpkin)
  • 100 g dried fruit (I used raisins and cranberries)
  • ~120 - 160 g maple syrup

Mix them all together and bake for 15-20 minutes (160°C), stirring every 5 minutes. Simple as that! It is very delicious and definitely healthier than the granola bought from the supermarket.

Granola by the spoonful
Photo by Rachael Gorjestani / Unsplash

Have a wonderful day, all!

Love, M. 🤍