I've changed a lot in the 8 years:
- I still prefer exploratory approach to testing over automating, but I'm now a tester and a programmer. I no longer live by imaginary limits of a role even though I strongly identify as a tester.
- I've lived with systems bigger and more complicated than what we're developing. Things appear smaller than they used to.
- I've learned that empirical evidence trumps speculation. That it is a better choice for my time to test hands-on than sit in a meeting where people tell their theories of the thing none used.
- I've grown appreciation for (a lot of times idiotic) test automation as a means of fast feedback and a base we can build more on.
- I value my freedom of choice even more than before. I love not getting tasks but visions to guide my work. I love not having a specific description of responsibilities other than being the most awesome professional I can be.