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Our latest special guest is Maaike Brinkhof, one of our most musically adept castaways so far, for some discussion about the connections between learning to play an instrument and striving for self-improvement as a tester. We discuss human biases (part of Maaike's upcoming talk at TestBash Manchester), the joy of mob programming, helping teams to uncover unknown unknowns, and the benefits of utilising "analog time" to recover from the madness of the world.
On the music front, Maaike's selections are a mixture of metal and classical, with some interesting symphonic and folk-infused subgenres between the grunting! For those who'd like to explore metal some more, Maaike has created a communal playlist "Testers Metal top songs" on Spotify.
If you'd like to get in touch with Maaike, her Twitter account is @Maaikees.
- Journey Into Quality (Maaike's blog)
- TestBash Manchester 2018
- Bluedot Festival 2018
- YouTube: ATD2017 - Maaret Pyhäjärvi: Learning through Osmosis (Mob Programming)
- MoT Dojo - Maaret Pyhäjärvi: Mob Testing: An Introduction & Experience Report
- Maaike's mob programming slide deck for her team
- Neil's mob programming slide deck
- Woody Zuill: Mob Programming
- Hanselminutes podcast: Mob Programming with Woody Zuill
- Rich Rogers: Q&A with Neil Studd
- Wikipedia: Thinking, Fast and Slow
- Maaike's blog series: Mapping Biases to Testing
- David McRaney: You Are Not So Smart (website)
- You Are Not So Smart podcast
- Wikipedia: Confirmation bias
- Wikipedia: Cognitive dissonance
- Wikipedia: Loss aversion and the sunk cost fallacy
- Wikipedia: Hindsight bias
- Dutch Exploratory Workshop on Testing (DEWT)
- Agile Testing Days 2018: Maaike Brinkhof & Göran Kero: Mind Busters - Test Your Mind