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October 2019 Content Summary

Nov 7, 2019

TLDR; Some notes on journaling (a useful process, you should use it), and then all the public content created as a result of journaling over the month of October…

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Reflections & Journaling

Patreon provides me with a good reason for reflecting on my work, what I learned, etc. And so on a daily basis I added an additional Journaling task to my work which results in a text post or video on Patreon (and you can see a list of the October posts below).

The other aim for that consistency is to demonstrate, by example, that Journaling, and taking time to reflect, is a useful process.

I keep track of my time during the day as follows:

  • at the start of the day - create an Evernote Note for my daily notes
  • write down my focus and high priority tasks for the day
  • carry forward from yesterday any ongoing tasks or unfinished todos
  • track my work in the form of todos, checks, timestamps, copy and pasted logs as my day progresses
  • at the end of the day, create a small summary of what went well, and what I need to change

I learned this… from testing.

  • Management - in order to keep track of my work, and my teams, regardless of process (Waterfall or Agile), I kept a log.
  • Exploratory Testing - identify aims, track work, write down questions etc for visiting later, track actual observations, summarise when finished to support review
  • Even when we engaged in scripted testing in the olden days I had to keep a separate log because I would spot things that were not part of the script that would need investigating. The tools were too slow to keep writing all actuals in, so I used a separate log, etc.

I find that keeping track, with periodic timestamps, in my log:

  • helps keep me focused
  • reminds me of the time so I don’t spend too long on particular activities
  • saves me when applications crash - I tend to write in my log first, and then copy paste to another system
    • e.g. defect descriptions would be written in my log and copy pasted, emails are written in my log and copy pasted
  • provides me with an easy to search archive for commands, thoughts, questions

I can’t stress how valuable all this is. And all the content listed below is a result of the above approach.

Blog Posts For October 2019

Patreon Posts For October 2019

The following posts on Patreon were collated into a 75+ page PDF that patreons on the $5 “scholar” tier have access for downloading to make it easier to catch up with the content. Patreon Summary Index

Twitter October 2019

I found a few interesting links that I posted to Twitter, which are listed below. This list is semi-automatically collated using

Note: I don’t summarise all the content that I release to social media so you might want to follow me there as well.

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