I had the pleasure of attending my first ever Weeknight Testing session on Wednesday. I attended it in person, in London, at the ever welcoming Skills Matter office. There were several other testers there too, but what made this Weeknight testing so special was that it was live. We had Lisa Crispin, Elisabeth Hendrickson and many other testers tuning in from San Francisco as well as Markus Gartner and colleagues tuning in from Germany, both via Skype Video/Call. We were also joined by many testers online from all over the world.
Our mission was to compare FireFox 4.0 to our standard browser using the FCC CUTS VIDS heuristic.
As my standard browser was FireFox 3.6.5 this proved tricky. We decided to compare with Chrome.
As time was short, we focused on Claims and Testability.
The testing side of it was great and the inspiration and ideas coming through the Skype chat were excellent. There were some technical glitches, but this was to be expected and these were soon ironed out. It was LIVE!
To be honest though, just the bringing together of the community for a shared learning experience was the most valuable part of it for me. Who would have thought so many people would turn out to test and learn…in their own spare time.
A big thanks to Mike Scott and Sharath Byregowda for organising this great event.