For a large part of my career, I never quite knew where I fit in. I started out as a Junior Systems Analyst in the IT department, and when people learned that I worked in IT they tried to get me to fix their computer… let’s just say that that never went well. From there I moved into the role of Operations Manager where I was still working with databases and implementations and projects but I wasn’t in IT now I was working in the Operations Department (luckily when I told people I worked in operations no one knew what I did – so no more broken computer drop offs!). At my next company, I started as a Database Manager in the Membership Department (long story…). Although I did eventually transition back to the IT Department and I have now settled in as a consultant in the world of Management Consulting, and while most companies still do not know where I fit, I have come to a realization: I am a Non- Techie living in the Tech World….
This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending the Women in Tech Summit as part of Philly Tech Week with one of my fellow women in tech from CapTech's Philly office. The purpose of the summit was to bring together women in the Philly community that are involved in technology. I started putting this blog together with the intention of writing about things I had learned and while there were some amazing things that I learned my bigger takeaways were the things that I saw….
Test Driven Development
I have read about it, I have known that it exists but similar to a fabled unicorn, I have never actually seen it. For anyone that may not be familiar with the concept: Test Driven Development (TDD) is a practice where a developer starts with writing an automated test, writes code to validate the test, refractors (cleans) the code, and then starts over from the beginning.