Connections from TestBash Philadelphia

TestBash Philadelphia began on November 10th. On November 9th, I woke up and realized the election I witnessed the night before was not a nightmare, a figment of my imagination. I wondered how I could speak on a topic so trivial as introversion when there was important work to be done. I wondered how anyone could listen to what I had to say, or care.

It turned out TestBash was the reset I needed. Smart, supportive, open-minded people listened to me. I encountered new ideas that made me stop and think. Over dinner, Abby Bangser suggested setting up my deployments before setting up my development environment. I put down my fork and relived my past nine months on a project with an alternate ending. I had many moments like this.

I loved how similar ideas serendipitously popped up in different talks:

I’m grateful I got to connect with old friends, people I’d admired from afar, including Melissa Eaden and Stephen Janaway, and new people I just met. I met fewer people at TestBash Philadelphia than I have at conferences in the past. Perhaps it’s because I announced to the entire room that I hate small talk and then went on a podcast to reinforce the point.

Thanks to Rosie Sherry, Richard Bradshaw, FringeArts, and everyone who helped make TestBash Philadelphia a success. All the presentations are available on the Ministry of Testing Dojo. I appreciate everyone who gave me feedback on my talk. I’m looking for resources about extroverts interacting with introverts before I present it again. If you come across something useful, pass it along.

We can’t change the outcome of the election. We can listen to each other. We can affect incremental change with receptive audiences. We can consider where there might be errors in our thinking. We can improve. We can amplify the voices we admire. We can move forward.

Originally published on Medium.