During our standup this morning, we shared with our coach Maikha what we did to finally understand our Git workflow. She suggested that it would be great to give a short lightning talk on how to contribute to an open source project so that other people at Thoughtworks can learn about Exercism, and from what we are doing this summer. We also discussed unit testing and TDD with Maikha. The rest of the day was spent learning about different types of expectation statements and practicing writing unit tests.
Testing and TDD are quite large topics, but we are slowly understanding more fragments and different parts are starting to make sense. It's empowering to realize that through practice and patience we can learn anything, including testing and TDD. It's not something that is impossible to master. Getting comfortable with not understanding something on the first day has been an incredible lesson. Each day we have the opportunity to add nuance and layers to our understanding. Eventually, after several attempts and many failures, things click and make sense. Trusting that things will one day make sense with enough practice and patience is a lesson that we will carry with us for the rest of our careers.
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