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Softtest Workshop: Taking back your own reins

Tuesday 7th March 2017
6:00 - 7:15pm
Ibec: Room G6/G7
Complimentary but booking is essential
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Taking back your own reins is a talk about personal leadership, how to become less distracted and taking back the control. It is also about directing your efforts toward your goals and structure to your way of working.


* Stop the chaos

* Find your goals

* Focus on what matters

* Visualize


Easy peasy right?

Let me tell you what got me started and what I have done so far.



At some point in life we all get a little bit lost, we feel confused and everything is like a big mess. But is it really as bad as we experience it? Is it really so hard to get out of as we imagine? Taking back your own reins is a talk about personal leadership, how to become less distracted and taking back the control. Through this talk, I will share how I recently went from chaos to control.


Taking back your own reins is also about directing your efforts toward your goals. It is about bringing structure to your way of working to allow you to focus on the things that matter. I will talk about techniques, tricks, tools, some fun and creative ways of working in hope to inspire everyone in the audience to make one small change toward better control and a calm environment.

A lot of the things that I will talk about can also be applicable to groups and teams. I will take some time to emphasise this too.


The things I will talk about are:

Stop allowing physical things overwhelm you by throwing them out. Sounds easy enough you would think. Go through your closest drawer and throw away everything you have not used the last month.


How exercises can help you find your goals. I will share some of the exercises that I have done and what they resulted in. Some were easy and some surprisingly hard. You might laugh now but the hardest one was to breathe 5 minutes/day for 2 weeks.


How visualisations help you remember your achievements. We are so good at visualize what we have not accomplished, what we did wrong etc. Now let’s focus on something more fun and boost our energy. Let’s visualise what we HAVE accomplished and draw strength and pride from that.


How to direct focus on what matters. The pace of the society today is keeping us at a constant high stress level. It might seem like you do not have time to sort out your priorities. It is the opposite! You do not have time to NOT sort them out.


Speaker Bio: Anna Hoff, Sweden 

I entered the world of testing in 2002 and fell in love! The more I learnt about testing the more interesting it became. Today there are more fascinating aspects to testing than I will ever be able to explore. For several years I was a board member of SAST Öresund and in 2009 I attended EuroSTAR for the first time. It was my first conference ever and I ended up on stage with my sister Linda Hoff where we gave our well received session "The Supertester" ( Since then I have done webinars, other track sessions and other conferences.


During 2015 I put together a one day conference (Testit) at my company and invited all the testers in the region. We have now stared our work with Testit2017. Working as a consultant within the testing business has presented me with a wide variety of assignments. This has given me a broad experience and enabled me to explore many interesting things.