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Nicholas Skaggs

UDS Highs and Lows

As you may have seen or heard, I attended UDS-Q last week in Oakland, California. I was privileged to serve as the track lead for the QA track. I trust I served all of you brave souls willing to attend the QA track sessions well enough ;-) A big thank you to everyone who participated. We set some big goals for this next cycle, which I'd like to share over the coming days. For now, I'm going to provide the list (perhaps not comprehensive, but I tried) of blueprints I have work items on as a sneak peak at what we discussed:

You can see more of the 'qa' blueprints here:

A few key takeaways can be found in them:
  • Expansion of the isotracker capabilities to do testcase management
  • Ideas around helping reduce burnout, duplication of work, and in general make the testing experience easier and more fun
  • Utilizing ubuntu friendly for testing
  • Scrapping of the team organization ideas I proposed earlier in the cycle; instead focusing on communicating between groups will be pursued
  • Ideas for community involvement in automated and regression testing
One thing you won't find in the blueprints, but which is still an important goal, is QA representation at the next UDS. I want to see more of you there next time! 

So, this post was intended to be about the highs and lows of UDS. Well, let's call the first night dinner and jetlag a definite low, and the closing party a definite high :-) After 5 days of discussing I was ready to head home, but the closing party (despite the soberness of leaving) lifted my spirits and helped UDS end on a positive note.

Hmm, perhaps an image or two would better explain it.. 

This was high, and below is the low :-)

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Nicholas Skaggs

The first week

I must say the first day working for Canonical certainly was unique. Imagine 8 hours on a plane with nirvana's "I'm on a plain" looping through your head while your knees are shooting pain down your legs.

"I'm on a plain..., I can't complain..."

And so it began. Monday morning came with little jetlag and it was time to face the music1. The opening session revealed Canonical was a sizable company2 -- more than I had realized. I can't imagine a better way to have begun than to meet everyone face to face in Budapest. Having the first meeting be a physical one really helps jumpstart productivity from that point onward. Phone calls and video conferences don't cut it in this regard. A physical meeting will enhance all future communications and break down confusion and differences of opinion.

I can attest to this fact having seen it firsthand on a separate open source project. The core team was split on several decisive issues for a long time until a physical meeting was agreed to. Once everyone arrived in the same room, it turned out that many of the differences weren't so different after all, and we were able to come to an agreement to move forward. The productivity gains in working with the remote team members upon there return home was instantly enhanced. Something as simple as placing a name with a face goes a long way towards building a relationship.

In due time, I returned home having learned my lesson on international travel after spending 30 hours traveling for a 16 hour trip. Check your itineraries closely!

1. Sorry, I really couldn't help myself. Puns are puns...

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