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SpeakEasy at EuroSTAR 2015 – The Selected Proposal-->
In conjunction with the SpeakEasy Initiative, EuroSTAR Software Testing Conference is pleased to announce that we have selected a speaker for this year’s Conference.
After a process that involved submission to SpeakEasy, mentorship, a selection process with the Speak Easy Patrons and the EuroSTAR Conference 2015 Committee we have arrived at a proposal and a speaker for EuroSTAR 2015.
SpeakEasy was founded by Anne-Marie Charrett and Fiona Charles last year (here is a brief story by Anne-Marie of how it developed). The aim of the SpeakEasy programme is to promote novice speakers at major tech conferences which a focus on testing conferences. The programme encourages novice speakers to make submissions where they receive guidance and mentorship from experienced speakers.
EuroSTAR and SpeakEasy joined forces this year to make a place available to one such potential speaker.
The EuroSTAR 2015 SpeakEasy Initiative Successful Applicant
And the person selected to speak at EuroSTAR 2015 is….Raji Bhamidipati
Raji’s Bio: “I am a software tester and I love my job! I have been in this profession for more than 6 years and have worked in various roles during that time. I have realised that there are many ways to be an excellent tester and am constantly striving to become one. I currently work as a Senior Test Engineer with a great team at New Voice Media and learn something new from them every day. I am a novice public speaker. I started speaking at testing conferences and events as it seemed to be a good way of sharing/learning at conferences.”
The Winning Proposal
Remote working in an Agile world – My experience of being a remote tester in an agile team
What does it mean to you/your colleagues/your company if you are a remote worker? How is it different to being an ‘office worker’? Let’s find out!
Picture this! – I landed a job with a company and team that I had wanted for a long time. Everything was going to plan until after about a year when I faced relocating to a far off land due to personal reasons. Imagine having to give up a job that you love and believe is going to be good for your career progression. Imagine working for a company that’s so awesome that, when I told them I had to move, they offered me the chance to become a full time remote worker!
This was about 10 months ago and I have been a full time remote tester since then. I have learnt a lot during this time and want to share my experiences with you.
Geographical limitations no longer stop people from working on awesome teams, or stop companies recruiting the right testers for the job. There are huge benefits for the remote worker and the company alike. However, there are also drawbacks on both sides and remote working is not something to take lightly.
At NewVoiceMedia we run a ‘Remote Working Community of Interest’ where we tackle some of the difficulties faced by remote workers as well as enjoy the benefits. To make remote working work there have to be changes made by the remote worker, the company and the colleagues who work in the office. I want to present what these changes could be and could potentially mean to you, and your team.
Key points we will cover during the session:
• Interacting with immediate team and wider team
• Keeping the communication channel open, but avoiding noise
• Emotional impact of remoting and how to overcome this
• Setting up home working environment
• Changes to be made by ‘Office workers’
Congratulations Raji and see you at EuroSTAR 2015.