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Thursday, February 25 • 09:00 - 12:30
U04: Testing Your Thinking - CLOSED

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Testing Your Thinking - Counteracting Impostor Syndrome Have you ever felt like those around you perceive you as being more competent than you really are? Have you ever had a hard time accepting praise or attributed your accomplishments to luck or timing? If so, you may be suffering from Impostor Syndrome. At our jobs we constantly question everything around us and dig to get to the root of things, but when it comes to our own thoughts and feelings we often do not apply the same scrutiny. When we downplay our contributions, do our thoughts actually reflect reality or are we overlooking a lot of skill and hard work that went into those achievements? While we might experience dread or fear that one day we may be exposed as incompetent, are these feelings actually justified? Achieving an accurate view of our skills allows us to better understand where to improve them. By trusting in our abilities and eliminating the fear of being ‘found out’ we can pursue greater and scarier goals. And we can bring our new-found confidence and energy to help and influence both our teams and the testing community as a whole. Participants in this workshop will: - engage in exercises aimed to expose the discrepancy between reality and their perception of their own abilities - learn ways to identify ‘faulty’ thoughts and counteract Impostor Syndrome - learn how to apply Socratic questioning and heuristics to their thought processes, effectively testing their own thinking

Speakers
avatar for Gina Enache (RO)

Gina Enache (RO)

Founding Member, Choice
Madalina Sava and Gina Enache both hold Master’s Degrees in Psychology and are two of the founding members of Choice, an organization that sets up events and workshops, aiming to promote scientific psychology, improve people’s lives and help them achieve their goals.
avatar for Madalina Sava (RO)

Madalina Sava (RO)

Founding Member, Choice
Madalina Sava and Gina Enache both hold Master’s Degrees in Psychology and are two of the founding members of Choice, an organization that sets up events and workshops, aiming to promote scientific psychology, improve people’s lives and help them achieve their goals.
avatar for Ioana Serban (UK)

Ioana Serban (UK)

Agile Software Engineer in Test, eBay
Ioana Serban is a Software Engineer in Test working at eBay and is all about challenging assumptions of what a tester is or isn’t “‘supposed” to do. All of them are real-life friends and are brave and naive enough to think that they can make the world a better place, one person at a time.


Thursday February 25, 2016 09:00 - 12:30
Tutorial Room - D

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