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Lina Zubyte - Finding Power in Authenticity
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Lina Zubyte is a passionate Quality Enthusiast who loves to ask questions, test, collaborate with diverse departments and investigate issues. Lina has worked in companies of different sizes (large multi-national companies and a startup), moved countries for work and had to adapt quickly to getting out of comfort zone. Favorite parts of being a quality professional for Lina are: diving deep to complex issues which may even reveal design or algorithm flaws, using monitoring tools and analytics data to understand the impact of found issues and collaborating with the team to build a high quality product. In her free time, Lina loves traveling and discussions with inspiring people.

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I was terrified. I did not feel that I was good enough. I started thinking that tech may not be for me. I just joined a very high-performing team having modern agile practices as a first-ever QA. The team did not know what exactly to expect from me, and I did not know myself how I can help, so I had to learn to embrace others and most importantly myself.

Having worked in a startup as the first QA it had and then shifting to consulting where I also was the only QA in the role, I had some challenges: there was noone to tell me what a QA is supposed to be within that context. At the start I even did tasks which were not really my expertise, like, working on the infrastructure code. This was a good learning experience, but I did not feel like I was contributing.

Finding the power in just being yourself can be a daunting task, but it’s extremely rewarding. I managed to climb over myself and find ways how to contribute to the team just embracing myself and not trying to be somebody else. In this session, I will share my story of how I did that, and, hopefully, inspire you to find power in your own authenticity.

00:03 What kind of journey I had?

01:19 What is authenticity?

02:09 Growth comes from "Why on Earth did I get myself here?"

02:35 How did my career develop?

03:23 Discovering new spaces

06:00 Shift to a quality analyst

09:25 Build the right product

11:05 Initial project setup

13:16 It's overwhelming trying to be someone else

13:54 Expanding horizons

14:55 Dark times

15:55 Talking to others

16:52 You are here to help the team

17:27 Who am I?

18:11 What differentiates me that others value?

19:00 Driving quality conversation, helping align the teams.

20:46 Attention to detail and product focus

22:39 You can be team glue

25:44 Make your work fun! Embrace your talents/interests

26:35 Change is scary

27:09 How to increase the power of authenticity?

28:58 Learn by experimenting

29:59 Enable the team to build high-quality products

30:51 Manifesto of Agile Software development

31:45 Grow together

32:43 Finding power in authenticity

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Thank you. 00:03 Everyone so, first of all, why would they talk about something that's sounds like some kind of self-help book while we first of all need that and I 00:03 was always quite a quirky a bit strange personality. 00:18 When I started quality analysis could hear I love what I do and I was pretty authentic all the time. 00:22

However, around a year ago, 00:31 I feel some kind of authenticity problem, 00:32 so I forgot who I was and I had to regain power in my situation and what I was doing. 00:35 I need that she gets some kind of reset. 00:43 And today when I look back at this, 00:47 I managed to recover from that, 00:49 and regain my power. 00:51 However, 00:51 not much change when it comes to external factors So what changed the most was my mindset so today. 00:53 I'd like to share my story with you? 00:59

What journey I had what kind of change. 01:02 I had as well as what kind of issues, 01:05 there where and what kind of learnings, 01:08 I have. 01:10 So to begin with. 01:10 What does authenticity? 01:15 So authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. 01:15 It's about the choice to show up on video. 01:22 It choice to be honest, 01:25 they chose to let our true selves BC. 01:27

Spell Bren Brown, a Bren Brown has a lot of great books and resources for example, 01:30 empathy versus sympathy and. 01:38 Then she once gave a talk at a conference the other day, 01:38 she felt extremely vulnerable. 01:45 I think it fell. 01:45 It like lasted for maybe a week. 01:48 Even and I feel that is authentic. 01:50 The choice should be real to just show up and be honest. 01:53 That's scary that's really scary and that actually opens up for vulnerabilities. 01:57

And well when it comes to my journey. 02:03

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