Weeknight Testing Live

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.

I teamed up with fellow Software Testing Club Manager Phil Kirkham and the main man himself, Tony Bruce.

As time was short, we focused on Claims and Testability.

I used the very excellent Rapid Reporter to record progress, it’s output (cut down version) is included in this post along with some screen shots (picture 1, picture 2, picture 3).

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.

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2 Responses to “Weeknight Testing Live”

  1. Pradeep SoundararajanMarch 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    Awesome. I can imagine the kind of learning experience that people may have had when there were so many brains put together. Kudos to everybody who participated in it and what a proud moment for me to have had Sharath Byregowda to co-organize it.

  2. Neha ThakurApril 1, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    This is just great, all the great minds together.. I wish I could have joined the same. This is really a great initiative and kudos to all who made this possible.