New Initiative: Test Invaders

Test-Invaders-Logo-BlackI’ve long thought and had big frustrations about the lack of testers “getting out there”.  We love to discuss and whinge about how the world of technology and testing is changing, but honestly, what are we doing to change that?

Of course we like to think we are doing good stuff here at MoT HQ ! You know, the awesome annual gathering of awesome testers and awesome speakers that you wouldn’t get elsewhere in the UK. And the awesome fact that our focus is on doing awesome training and producing awesome content. All the things we do are focused on on you the awesome testers.

I personally get out to events when I can.  Only some of them are software testing events.  Others tend to be startup, business,  education, web and mobile related –> because that it was triggers excitement in me.  I’ll tell you this – not once have I met another tester at a non testing event.

This really makes me sad.  I could whinge about it some more, but instead I’ll try to make a Rosie dent on this ‘problem’.

Full credit goes to Gabrielle for this idea as we pinged emails back and forth about things we could be doing for the  testing world.

So what is Test Invaders?

We have this theory that we would like to test.  We think we need to be talking to and meeting “the others” about our world of work within technology.  “The Others” being anyone else involved in technology projects. Developers. Designers. Project Managers. Analyst.  Business owners and managers. Whatever it is. The list could be endless as most projects these days involve technology somehow.

Test Invaders looks to encourage testers to go out to non-testing events by ‘invading events’.  This is really about trying to encourage others to go to non-testing events with other testers.

So here’s an example of how it might work:

  1. Rosie is going to Pipeline Conference in London in April.
  2. She thinks other testers may like to go.
  3. She schedules a meetup on the STC meetup group to encourage other testers to sign up.
  4. She will bring along some Test Invader stickers for those who will wear the badge with honour!
  5. Rosie has a good time at Pipeline Conference. So do the other testers. Other people at the conference will also have the benefit of networking with testers too.
  6. Then we achieve world domination. Ok, not quite! But these small changes might help push our industry forward!

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3 Responses to “New Initiative: Test Invaders”

  1. GabrielleJanuary 9, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    I will do my absolute best to make it to the first one too !


  2. Vernon RichardsJanuary 9, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    This is EXACTLY what my 99 second talk at Testbash 2 was about – I’m fully in 🙂

  3. @halperinko - Kobi HalperinJanuary 22, 2014 at 7:07 am #

    It sounds like a great idea, but i think Invading has to be more thorough… 🙂
    Its not just about talking with few people from other job descriptions,
    I guess it should include asking for a time-slot at each conference, presenting why Testing is important, and how this can be promoted in their organizations.
    Maybe we can create a common presentation – each can present in her/his surrounding.
    (We may also record it as a Webinar and spread virally on the WWW)

    Indeed – while some SW Students do get QA & Testing course in the Uni. (and are more open to Agile ATDD etc.) – most veterans did not get this at the time, and may have false view of the Testing subject.
    As these lead the organizations – we need to tackle them.

    @halperinko – Kobi Halperin