Arkisto: June 2015

Niittyviita trained. What did the attendees think?

23. Juneta, 2015 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

Prove has started Testaaja 3.0 –training last year. Antti Niittyviita has been the acting trainer. I scrounged the feedback forms from the man’s desk and decided to share a little summary of the subject. The question forms have been blatantly ripped off from Jari Parantainen’s We are not ashamed.

To start with, we wanted to know about the contents of the training. With regards to the feedback, I guess one could state that the contents have not had any significant problems. The attendees thought the content quite good, majority of them thought it was excellent. A few comments from the feedback:

In the beginning I was confused with what did this have to do with testing. Finally, the wisdom revealed itself.

In the beginning we could use a brief summary of what is to come.

The practical exercises were good. We want more.

The feedback part that had to do with the trainer’s touch continues the same boringly even line. The evaluation were even more positive than with the content. Especially noteworthy were the comments that thanked Antti’s openness and ability to go with the flow.

It was wonderful that the trainer was ready to provide real life examples (even though it must not have been easy). He deserves a hug :)

Superb performer.

Has his entire persona in the game. This is rare.

Very convincing performer.

The pace of advancement was mainly fitting. Yet, one felt boring at a time.

A good amount of stories, kept the lectures going at a nice steady pace.

Dragged on at times. Not a genuine problem.

Next, we asked about the services of the training. We had a nice amount of discrepancy here. The training was organized in Huone, Helsinki. We clearly need to put in more effort in the future to maintain communication before the training. A part of the attendees really wanted it. We have included this to the training held between 3rd and 4th September.

What a lovely place!

Good food.

There really was not any communication prior to the training.

Lastly, we wanted to know who the attendees thought the training would be suitable for. All the responses indicated in near unison that no one in the IT-business would find his or her time wasted attending this training.

I bet it would even open the management’s eyes.

You don’t have to be a tester to pick up a lot of ideas from this one.

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Even Freebies Can Crush the Feel

1. Juneta, 2015 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

My father turned 60 last Friday and organized a little get-together to commemorate that. The custom is to bring some manner of a gift to the hero. We pondered furiously with my mother and my brother to come up with something to buy.

Because the man already had his storages full of everything both useful and useless.

Then we thought that we could install a wild game camera to the cabin yard, because there has been evidence of at least deer there. What else moves near the yard, I wonder?

After quick googling we ended up at a Finnish store’s web pages. There we found a broadcasting wild game camera, endorsed by Tekniikan Maailma, which did not break our budget. Broadcasting means that the pictures the camera takes can be browsed with, for example, a mobile phone. On top of the deal, they promised an 8Gb memory card and a rain shelter for the camera.

Sounds good! We’ll take it.

The post service brought the delivery home.

I examined the camera package with adoration. It felt like good sturdy carton and it had the Tekniikan Maailma test winner mentioned on it. Overall, it felt all nice and good. In addition, the package had that promised 8Gb memory card. Then, there was mixed crying and laughing. The package included the rain shelter, the price of which the web store had told to be 29,90 euro.


The feel of quality for the solid package was crushed with one fell swoop. The package had four pieces of black plexi, which had been cut to shape with a jigsaw. The sawing was askew and they had not bothered to file the traces of sawing away. The first impression was that I damn sure would not pay 30 euro for those pieces if I saw them on the shop shelf. Even though I got it for “free”, I felt cheated. I absolutely think that they should not have sent the rain shelter at all. The people at Prove’s office agreed.

Even if it is free, you cannot offer just about anything. No one wants to use something bad, even if it would not cost them anything.