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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
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
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