Few weeks ago, as I entered the discussion room for a regular team meeting, I was surprise to know that I am the odd one out there in a team of six (my team lead was not present). After coming back to my seat, I opened Google reader and twitter to see how many women testers I was following? I found ten blogs and many in twitter. Almost a month ago, Software Testing and Performance magazine carried a cover story Women of Influence in which 13 of the World’s Top Women Testers shared Unique Insights about the Profession.
So, decided to email my co-workers about women testers. After drafting an email, I realized that March 8th is International Women’s Day. So I held the email till then and also decided to post about the same on my blog.
So here goes the post. Some prominent women testers whom I follow
Parimala Shankaraiah: She blogs at http://Curioustester.blogspot.com and also tweets at @curioustester. She entered blogroll of James Bach within few months of blogging, which I think is the greatest achievement for any tester. Her blog helped me to find many other Passionate Indian testers and especially weekend testing group.
Fiona Charles has more than 30 years experience on challenging software development and integration projects in diverse business domains. Web site: http://www.quality-intelligence.com/ she started blogging at http://quality-intelligence.blogspot.com/. You can follow her tweets @FionaCCharles
Trish Koo: She is specialized in automated testing, but she does a bit of everything. She blogs at http://ubertest.hogfish.net/, I often refer her blog for automation related articles.
Elisabeth Hendrickson founded Quality Tree Software, Inc., a consulting and training company dedicated to helping software teams deliver working solutions consistently and sustainably. She writes about agile testing and automation at http://testobsessed.com/ and tweets @testobsessed
Lisa Crispin is an agile testing coach and practitioner. She is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams.Her blog is http://lisacrispin.com/wordpress/ and you can follow her tweets @lisacrispin
If you or your women co-workers, managers or staff want to share industry- and career-related knowledge and advance the role of women in software testing and technology, consider connecting with the following professional organizations
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (www.ncwit.org)
The Women Technology Council (http://www.womentechcouncil.org/)
Women in Technology International (www.witi.com)
The Association for Women in computing (http://awc-hq.org/)
The Association for Women in Technology (http://www.awtsocal.org)
Women testers out there “Are you inspired to write but not sure how and where to start?” Not to worry there is a gift for you from Parimala on women’s day to help, read this post to find more about the gift.
I know there will be a lot of other women testers I am not aware of, so let me know about them, I will add to the Google reader bundle.
And here is the Women’s Day special Google Reader Bundle of all the women testers I am following.
NOTE : I do things that inspires me and not to impress others( I blogged that here). Believe me, I wrote this post to inspire women testers out there not to impress any one 😉