Four Challenges. Four Workshops. Four Webinars. Four Experience Report Sessions and a game of Family Feud.

If you are interested in Exploratory Testing or actively already doing it, this is a week you won't want to miss.

Full schedule below.

Recordings

Watch the recordings from Exploratory Testing Week.

What Happened

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  • Dan Ashby
  • Learn How to Test Before a Line of Code Has Been Written
    Dan Ashby
    99 Minute Workshop

    Learn How to Test Before a Line of Code Has Been Written

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    The role of a tester often solely relates to testing software. Actually, people often call themselves "software testers" too. But if we think of testing as assessing quality, and we think of quality beyond just relating to correctness from any expectations we have (i.e. how good something is, or the value or usefulness of something), then we can shine our testing skills on literally anything.

    What's the quality of your shoes? Or what was the quality of the last conversation you had? Or in a software context, what's the quality of the idea of the software, or the designs of the software? Or what's the quality of the requirement artifacts that will be used to develop the software?

    This workshop will not only give you the theory and an understanding of the value of testing these things before a line of code has even been written but will give you hands-on practical experience of actually doing this, growing your experience in testing these things beyond the software.

    Takeaways

    • Techniques to test before a line of code has been written
    • How to help your team be more proactive in building quality software
    • How information discovered from earlier testing can influence quality
    • Implement short feedback loops
    • How short feedback loops aid the refactoring of ideas and designs

    Prerequisites

    Pre-existing knowledge of Exploratory Testing is beneficial but not essential.

    Speaker

    Dan Ashby
    Dan Ashby
    Director of Quality Services
    Proud father. Quality and Testing enthusiast, teacher, coach, mentor and servant leader. Director of Quality Services @ Ada Health. I blog at: danashby.co.uk and I'm a co-founder of the MoT Essentials (formerly the Software Testing Clinic). I love being involved in the testing community (and other communities)!
  • Melissa Eaden
  • TestBash Revisited: Finding Testing Allies
    Melissa Eaden
    Test Bash Revisited

    TestBash Revisited: Finding Testing Allies

    What

    Test Bash Revisited

    Description

    In this session, Mark Winteringham will be joined by Melissa Eaden, where they will revisit Melissa's talk from TestBash Brighton 2017.

    Here's what Melissa had to say back in 2017:

    "From my own work experience, I found that often critical information is scattered across departments. Not just engineering departments, but departments like Customer Service, DevOps, Marketing, and even Sales. What if you actively sought out members of those departments and started a two-way communication exchange. Questions could be answered along with clearing up misinformation. Silos would come down and transparency would develop. In this talk, I'll share my personal stories about reaching out across different departments and I'll give you ideas on how to reach out to departments on your own. How to develop relationships via games and conversations. How to use the information you gathered to strengthen your testing efforts or even correct misinformation you might have had about the product you are testing. I'll discuss how to push the testing mindset outside of the development organization and foster that mindset in the company at large. We'll look at an organization as a whole asset to testing, customers included!"

    Speaker

    Melissa Eaden
    Melissa Eaden
    Melissa Eaden has worked for more than a decade with tech companies such as Security Benefit, HomeAway, ThoughtWorks, and now Unity Technologies. Melissa’s previous career in mass media continues to lend itself to her current career endeavors. She enjoys being EditorBoss for Ministry of Testing, supporting their community mission for software testers globally. She can be found on Twitter and Slack @melthetester.
  • Sam Simataa
  • Louise Gibbs
  • Anthony Grant
  • Experience Reports: Shifting Left
    Sam Simataa, Louise Gibbs, Anthony Grant
    Experience Reports

    Experience Reports: Shifting Left

    What

    Experience Reports

    Description

    Gwen Diagram is your host for today and she will focus on the challenge: Shifting Left.

    Each speaker will share their solution to this challenge using their exploratory testing skills on more abstract artefacts, such as requirements, diagrams and ideas.

    If you want to see the format in action, check out the recordings from the UI Automation Week which happened back in February 2021.

    Speakers

    Sam Simataa
    Sam Simataa
    Automation Test Developer
    I genuinely love testing and collaborating. I have a passion for learning, meeting people in the process, and discovering new technologies of commercial, cultural and social backgrounds. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-simataa
    Louise Gibbs
    Louise Gibbs
    Senior Automation Tester
    Louise is a Senior Automation Tester at PebblePad. Her main job is to review and maintain the automated tests that are run overnight, and investigate the causes of any failures. She has also worked for companies in the e-commerce, scientific research and automotive industries, and runs a personal blog at louisegibbstest.wordpress.com, where she talks about her experiences as a software tester. She enjoys improving her testing skills and her main method for achieving this is by speaking to other Testers and discussing ideas.
    Anthony Grant
    Anthony Grant
    QA Automation Tester
    Obtained experience for automation and manual QA Testing, utilizing Selenium. Please visit my GitHub repository https://github.com/agrant23/Website_Automation_python . From an education in science, mathematics, and electronics I have strong problem-solving experience, and coding experience. Due to my background as an educator, I have great communication skills and collaborative team experience.
  • Elizabeth Zagroba
  • 99-Minute Workshop - Wander with a Purpose: Writing Charters For Your Exploratory Test Sessions
    Elizabeth Zagroba
    99 Minute Workshop

    99-Minute Workshop - Wander with a Purpose: Writing Charters For Your Exploratory Test Sessions

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    Ever find yourself in the middle of some weird behavior in your software wondering how you got there and whether anyone will care about what you find? Do you get the “why were you even looking there?” question when you report bugs? In my years of practice testing by myself and with others, I’ve seen how easy it is to spend time getting lost in the product without looking for the information you need. Get lost no more! Learn to stay on track while exploratory testing by using charters.

     

    In this workshop, we’ll see how charters keep our exploratory testing focused. We’ll see how writing charters affects what information we uncover, and how to capture ideas for future sessions while testing. And we’ll get a chance to practice writing charters targeted to the risks in specific user stories.

    Takeaways

    • Practice including all three parts of a charter when describing your mission for an exploratory testing session
    • Discover how writing charters can help you involve the team in prioritizing and executing testing work
    • Apply your new-found charter-writing skills to user stories

    Prerequisites

    All you will need is a Web Browser, Audio and Video.

    Speaker

    Elizabeth Zagroba
    Elizabeth Zagroba
    Quality Lead
    Elizabeth is Quality Lead at Mendix in Rotterdam. She reviews and contributes code to a Python test automation repository for 15+ teams building Mendix apps across three units. She builds exploratory testing skills by asking pointed questions throughout the unit, facilitating workshops, and coordinating an ensemble (mob) testing practice. She injects what she learns from conferences, books, and meetups into her daily work, and spreads her knowledge through the company-wide Agile guild she facilitates. She's presented at conferences throughout North America and Europe, and co-organizes the Friends of Good Software conference (FroGS conf http://frogsconf.nl/). She coaches people to success when possible, but isn't afraid to direct when necessary. She's the go-to person for things like supporting new presenters, reviewing documentation, navigating tricky organizational questions, and thinking critically about what we're building. Her goal is to guide enough testers, leaders, etc. to make herself redundant so she can take on new and bigger challenges. You can find Elizabeth's big thoughts on her blog (https://elizabethzagroba.com/) and little thoughts on Twitter @ezagroba.
  • Alex Schladebeck
  • Testing Ask Me Anything - Managing Risk
    Alex Schladebeck
    Testing Ask Me Anything

    Testing Ask Me Anything - Managing Risk

    What

    Testing Ask Me Anything

    Description

    I’d been exploratory testing naturally for years before I discovered what I was doing and decided to do it with purpose. Once I found out more about it, I realised what a fantastic – and currently often invisible – skill is. It is highly systematic, involves on the spot learning, pulling from experience and decision making. I also firmly believe that it remains one of the important skills we will need in the future.

    Alongside exploratory testing in general, I’m very interested in how to teach it to testers and developers, and also in “microheuristics”. Microheuristics are the shared models, assumptions and patterns that result from learning about testing, knowing about software, experiencing errors, and hours of testing (either hands-on, or automated, or simply asking questions in various development meetings). These things come quickly to mind when we see something that reminds us of them – and give us the idea of what to do next (probably to prompt interesting behaviour).

    Some example questions and themes you may wish to ask include:

    • Why do you think exploratory testing is a skill we need in the future?
    • How does exploratory testing help to manage risk?
    • How would you go about teaching developers about exploratory testing?

    Speaker

    Alex Schladebeck
    Alex Schladebeck
    Head of Quality / CEO
    Alex is a passionate tester whose favourite topics are quality, agility and humans. She is CEO and Head of Quality at Bredex GmbH. In these roles, she supports colleagues, customers and teams on their journey to better quality - be it in products, in processes or in their communication. In previous roles, she was responsible for enabling teams and growing quality. Now she enables others to do that work, and works on nurturing a system in the company where everyone can flourish. Alex views the world through the curious eyes of a tester and loves learning new things. She shares her knowledge and experience in workshops, coaching sessions and as a speaker or keynote speaker at conferences.
  • Louise Gibbs
  • Venkat Ramakrishnan
  • Simon Tomes
  • Beren Van Daele
  • Experience Reports: Risks and Charters
    Louise Gibbs, Venkat Ramakrishnan, Simon Tomes, Beren Van Daele
    Experience Reports

    Experience Reports: Risks and Charters

    What

    Experience Reports

    Description

    Vernon Richards is your host for today and he will focus on the challenge: Risks and Charters.

    Each speaker will share their solution to this challenge, how they became more familiar with the link between risks and charters and how they've used charters to test for specific risks. We would also be looking to lear how they've identified risks to help create a range of charters for exploratory testing.

    If you want to see the format in action, check out the recordings from the UI Automation Week which happened back in February 2021.

    Speakers

    Louise Gibbs
    Louise Gibbs
    Senior Automation Tester
    Louise is a Senior Automation Tester at PebblePad. Her main job is to review and maintain the automated tests that are run overnight, and investigate the causes of any failures. She has also worked for companies in the e-commerce, scientific research and automotive industries, and runs a personal blog at louisegibbstest.wordpress.com, where she talks about her experiences as a software tester. She enjoys improving her testing skills and her main method for achieving this is by speaking to other Testers and discussing ideas.
    Venkat Ramakrishnan
    Venkat Ramakrishnan
    Software Testing Technologist Consultant
    I'm a Software Testing Technologist consulting organizations on Software Testing, Testing Strategy, Testing Solutioning, and Testing Transformation. I live in Bangalore, India (GMT + 5:30). My hobbies are singing, authoring books, writing poems, helping non-profits fundraise and change the world, composing music, and learning spoken languages.
    Simon Tomes
    Simon Tomes
    CommunityBoss
    Simon is a CommunityBoss at Ministry of Testing and his pronouns are he/him. Currently learning to be a better community enabler, he has a passion for all things testing with a career in various testing roles since 2003. He particularly enjoys promoting and sharing the value of exploratory testing.
    Beren Van Daele
    Beren Van Daele
    Businessman

    I lead a company: Isle of IT

    Together with like-minded people who value communication and transparency above all else, we wish to grow a company that enables people to be themselves. Experts to the outside, a fellowship on the inside.
    Each member has the freedom to pursue their own merit, whatever that looks like, while also bearing a responsibility to the continuation and growth of the company. With full transparency, we aim to facilitate communication between members to find a balance that makes sense for themselves.

    I am a Consultant:
    I am a consultant who shapes software delivery teams to improve on their work and their understanding of quality. Once a Software Tester, sometimes a Product Owner, I travel around, meeting software crafters all across Europe to learn from and teach.

    I create things:

    • TestSphere, a testing card game that inspires and supports knowledge sharing
    • RiskStorming, a workshop that focusses the team on quality and risks
    • RiskStormingOnline.com is RiskStorming for the remote world.

    I do conferences:

    • BREWT is peer workshop for testers. (organiser)
    • ITMatters is a conference for Diversity and Inclusion in IT (support)
  • Claire Reckless
  • 99-Minute Workshop - Expand Your Exploration
    Claire Reckless
    99 Minute Workshop

    99-Minute Workshop - Expand Your Exploration

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    Exploratory testing is often described as 'playing around with the software', or 'ad-hoc testing'. It's thought to be unstructured, 'informal' and to some, even unreliable. However exploratory testing can be incredibly powerful. Unrestrained by the confines of a script we have more room to be creative, to think 'what if'.

    We can't always think of all the test ideas we need naturally, so we can use heuristics to boost our test design skills. In this workshop, we'll look at what heuristics are, and use some example testing scenarios to try applying them.

    Takeaways

    • Describe what a heuristic is
    • Know where to find useful resources testers can use as heuristics
    • Apply using heuristics to a testing situation
    • Correlate between heuristics and test ideas

    Prerequisites

    We'll be using Miro to work on the exercises, so a Miro account would be useful.

    Some experience with exploratory testing may be beneficial, but this is not essential.

    Speaker

    Claire Reckless
    Claire Reckless
    Test Lead

    Claire is a Test Lead at MoneySuperMarket in Manchester, with prior experience in testing Financial and Security software.

    A tester for over 10 years, she is active within the testing community, contributing articles, speaking at conferences including Testbash Manchester and Nordic Testing Days.

  • Naveen Bhati
  • [CANCELLED] Masterclass - The Exploratory Testing Playbook
    Naveen Bhati
    Masterclass

    [CANCELLED] Masterclass - The Exploratory Testing Playbook

    What

    Masterclass

    Description

    In this masterclass you will learn what exploratory testing is and what it is not along with the different techniques available to use for exploratory testing. Furthermore, I will discuss some of the myths around exploratory testing and why exploratory testing is important and still relevant in the CI/CD and shift-left world.

    I will further run a mock exploratory testing session on a real world web application to solidify our learnings and to put some of the discussed techniques in practice. This may serve as a guide to exploratory testing sessions.

    And finally, I will introduce you to a visual and easy to use guide to run effective exploratory testing sessions - The exploratory testing playbook. The playbook is aimed at empowering individuals to implement and evangelize exploratory testing in their teams or organization.

    So let's explore!

    Takeaways

    • Introduction - the when, what, why and who
    • What Exploratory testing is not?
    • Importance of exploratory testing in the world of CI/CD, DevOps, and shift-left
    • Exploratory testing misconceptions or Debunking exploratory testing myths
    • Exploratory testing techniques
    • Real world example of exploratory testing
    • The Exploratory Testing Playbook

    Speaker

    Naveen Bhati
    Naveen Bhati
    Lead QA Engineer
    Lead QA Engineer with a strong focus on a value-driven approach to software development. He has years of hands-on experience from large, highly complex, and safety-critical software development projects, primarily within testing, test strategy, test management, and process improvement, in both traditional and agile contexts.
  • Mark Winteringham
  • Richard Bradshaw
  • Exploratory Testing Co-Curation
    Mark Winteringham, Richard Bradshaw
    Live Curation

    Exploratory Testing Co-Curation

    What

    Live Curation

    Description

    Join Richard and Mark as they explore the skills you need to learn how to do exploratory testing. You'll leave this session with a list of blogs, videos, links and people to help you and your team on your exploratory testing journey.

    Takeaways

    • Learn what exploratory testing is
    • Reflect on the skills needed for exploratory testing
    • Curate a list of resources for you to refer to after the session

    Speakers

    Mark Winteringham
    Mark Winteringham
    OpsBoss
    Mark Winteringham is a tester, toolsmith and the Ministry of Testing OpsBoss with over 10 years experience providing testing expertise on award-winning projects across a wide range of technology sectors including BBC, Barclays, UK Government and Thomson Reuters. He is an advocate for modern risk-based testing practices and trains teams in Automation in Testing, Behaviour Driven Development and Exploratory testing techniques. He is also the co-founder of Ministry of Testing Essentials a community raising awareness of careers in testing and improving testing education. You can find him on Twitter @2bittester or at mwtestconsultancy.co.uk / automationintesting.com
    Richard Bradshaw
    Richard Bradshaw
    BossBoss
    Richard Bradshaw is an experienced tester, consultant and generally a friendly guy. He shares his passion for testing through consulting, training and giving presentation on a variety of topics related to testing. He is a fan of automation that supports testing. With over 10 years testing experience, he has a lot of insights into the world of testing and software development. Richard is a very active member of the testing community, and is currently the FriendlyBoss at The Ministry of Testing. Richard blogs at thefriendlytester.co.uk and tweets as @FriendlyTester. He is also the creator of the YouTube channel, Whiteboard Testing.
  • Alex Morosan
  • Thomas Rinke
  • James Lyndsay
  • Experience Reports: Exploratory Testing a Product
    Alex Morosan, Thomas Rinke, James Lyndsay
    Experience Reports

    Experience Reports: Exploratory Testing a Product

    What

    Experience Reports

    Description

    Our host Bart Knaack will be inviting people to share their Experience Reports to the challenge: Exploratory Testing a Product.

    Each speaker will share their solution to the challenge, by either creating an exploratory testing charter or selecting a previous activity, using no testing aids. In this session, we will be looking for different testing heuristics and mnemonics.

    If you want to see the format in action, check out the recordings from the UI Automation Week which happened back in February 2021.

    Speakers

    Alex Morosan
    Alex Morosan
    QA Lead @Expleo
    A passionate context driven tester with over seven years of experience in testing a wide range of software products in the private and public sectors, a student of Rapid Software Testing and an advocate for testing effectively and ethically.
    Thomas Rinke
    Thomas Rinke
    Expert Software Engineer – Test
    Having worked as research assistant, presales and professional service consultant, tester and trainer I joined ista in 2011 as Team Manager Software Test. During the agile transformation I changed my role to Expert Software Engineer – Test. I focus on cross-platform e2e tests, use test cases as well as exploratory testing, and automate tests at different levels. I love communities and conferences.
    James Lyndsay
    James Lyndsay
    Test Strategist

    James Lyndsay is an independent consultant, specialising in systems testing, helping people to make informed and practical decisions about their testing. Teams use him to find surprises, to adapt their approaches, and to keep their testers interested. Organisations use him to build communications between testers and the board.

    A regular keynote speaker and teacher at international events, and an active participant in a variety of testing communities, James has written award-winning papers, built the Black Box puzzles, kicked off the TestLab, and run the London Exploratory Workshop in Testing. He received the 2015 European Tester Excellence award.

  • Huib Schoots
  • 99-Minute Workshop: How to Talk About Testing - Storytelling for Exploratory Testers
    Huib Schoots
    99 Minute Workshop

    99-Minute Workshop: How to Talk About Testing - Storytelling for Exploratory Testers

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    Do you know how to talk about your testing effectively? Can you tell solid stories to inform your stakeholders without boring them? Do you know how to explain coverage without pointing to a set of test cases in Jira or TFS?

    Test reporting is far more than writing a document summing up your test results in pass and fail ratios at the end of a sprint. Excellent testers report about their testing every day, verbally supported by artefacts like mind maps or dashboards. They report to their team, to the PO, to their managers and maybe more importantly: to themselves!

    Summing up dry facts about tests executed and the results don’t really help you nor your stakeholders. We have to tell stories about our testing. We are not always aware, but we always tell each other stories. Stories are powerful and effective to communicate your vision, test strategy, status and results.

    Test reporting is an important skill that helps testers gain insight into status and risks remaining. Doing this well will earn you credibility fast. In this workshop, you will learn how to talk about your testing using the 3 part testing story: A story about the status of the product, a story about how you tested it and a story about the value of the testing.

    Takeaways

    • Learn how to talk about testing using the testing story
    • Create insight into the status of your testing and remaining risks
    • Earn credibility by telling ace stories about your testing

    Prerequisites

    We will be using Miro in this workshop, so if you've never used it before, we recommend you get familiar with it.

    Speaker

    Huib Schoots
    Huib Schoots
    Quality Coach, Agile Expert, Change Maker, Product Improver, Problem Solver, Tester, Scrum Master
    Huib in a couple of words: humanist, open, direct, creative, idea generator, result driven, humor, problem solver, curious, confronting, critical thinker, passionate and energetic, lifelong learner, entrepreneurial, analytic and continuous (world) improver. Fascinated by mindset, thinking, behavior and collaboration. His personal life: hanging out with friends, trombone in a brass band, board & computer games, LEGO, photography, running, beer brewing, magic tricks, travelling and reading. His personal mission: making better people and quality software by connecting, innovating, facilitating, coaching, enabling and teaching.
  • Niranjani Manoharan
  • Monica Arzani
  • Laveena Ramchandani
  • Discussions: Reporting your Exploratory Testing
    Niranjani Manoharan, Monica Arzani, Laveena Ramchandani
    Discussions

    Discussions: Reporting your Exploratory Testing

    What

    Discussions

    Description

    In this session, Suman Bala will be joined by three guests, Niranjani Manoharan, Monica Arzani & Laveena Ramchandani where they will share their different experiences on how they report their Exploratory Testing.

    This is your opportunity to ask this panel of talented and experienced individuals your questions on this theme, such as:

    • How do you determine missing values? What are the different ways to do that?
    • How to find invalid entries?
    • What kind of information are the most important when reporting exploratory testing?
    • How do you adapt your reporting to different stakeholders?
    • How do you get the rest of the team to report on exploratory testing?
    • Can we pair explore?

    What our panellists have to say about themselves:

    Niranjani Manoharan

    With my increasing curiosity to learn, I wanted to use my exploratory testing skills to understand data analysis. Data analysis is defined as a process of cleaning, transforming and modelling data to discover meaningful information for business decision making. For the purpose of this study, I used the COVID-19 vaccination progress dataset.

    To do data analysis, domain knowledge would be super helpful - for example, if you are not a wine connoisseur, then how would you know about the good or bad categories of wine? But in this case, I was using it as it was relevant to the pandemic situation we all are in!

    While cleaning data, it is critical to know when to drop columns and rows. Determining missing values and replacing them with mean imputation is a common practice.

    Laveena Ramchandani

    Exploratory testing is quite an interesting area for me. It is a type of testing where we are not confirming the happy paths but also unveiling any unknowns, risks or even assumptions. The assumptions come into our minds when we do not know 100% how a piece of functionality works, which might lead to assumptions. By assuming we have added a major risk to the product! So, by exploring the product we can confirm what the product should and should not do, which in turn helps make better team decisions or even enhance existing testing patterns and advocate for repair.

    Monica Arzani

    I have been in testing for 5 years and a half. I started just after graduating and system testing has been my first job. I work in a traditional industry: we make anchors, drills and tools for construction companies. Testing in my business unit is very influenced by hardware testing protocols. We believed we could model every user and system behavior, by writing tons of specifications and testing according to them. As a newbie, I trusted the system and process in place, until I started realizing that we built ourselves a golden cage ad we would just repeat and optimize over and over what was already known.

    Speakers

    Niranjani Manoharan
    Niranjani Manoharan
    Engineering Manager, Hippo Insurance

    An accomplished software engineering leader in building tools, test infrastructure and improving quality and developer productivity for industry pioneers like Lyft, Pinterest, eBay, Twitter and now at Hippo Insurance.

    Monica Arzani
    Monica Arzani
    Test manager
    Test manager and test engineer, with a passion for learning and improving . My preferred approach is exploratory testing, where I use what I learn about the system to continuously inform the next experiments, using a variety of tools and techniques as needed. I started as an applied mathematics graduate, developing and verifying algorithms and simulations for complex mechatronics system, to become a cross functional engineer in testing, that can keep in mind the whole system, our customers and the project context, while going deep into the technology.
    Laveena Ramchandani
    Laveena Ramchandani
    Test Manager - Data science & Digital @ EasyJet
    I am a vibrant, motivated and committed individual. I have been in the testing industry now for over 7 years. It's been a great experience learning and sharing skills. I aim to broaden my knowledge further more. Data science is what I am currently focusing on, and it's very exciting to see all the new things one could learn out of it and merge it with testing. Definitely quite interesting!
  • Bhargavi Varala
  • Venkat Ramakrishnan
  • Sam Simataa
  • Experience Reports: Sharing Your Testing Story
    Bhargavi Varala, Venkat Ramakrishnan, Sam Simataa
    Experience Reports

    Experience Reports: Sharing Your Testing Story

    What

    Experience Reports

    Description

    Suman Bala is your host for today and she will focus on the challenge: Sharing Your Testing Story.

    Each speaker will share their solution to the challenge, the thought process on how to share their testing with others, how they've arranged their notes to help their communication and what they've learnt with that process.

    If you want to see the format in action, check out the recordings from the UI Automation Week which happened back in February 2021.

    Speakers

    Bhargavi Varala
    Bhargavi Varala
    Automation Test Engineer
    Bhargavi is currently working as Embedded Automation Test Engineer for a Fire alarm manufacturing company for the past 6 years.
    Venkat Ramakrishnan
    Venkat Ramakrishnan
    Software Testing Technologist Consultant
    I'm a Software Testing Technologist consulting organizations on Software Testing, Testing Strategy, Testing Solutioning, and Testing Transformation. I live in Bangalore, India (GMT + 5:30). My hobbies are singing, authoring books, writing poems, helping non-profits fundraise and change the world, composing music, and learning spoken languages.
    Sam Simataa
    Sam Simataa
    Automation Test Developer
    I genuinely love testing and collaborating. I have a passion for learning, meeting people in the process, and discovering new technologies of commercial, cultural and social backgrounds. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-simataa
  • Maaike Brinkhof
  • TestBash Revisited: Exploratory Testing with the Team, a Journey Worth Taking
    Maaike Brinkhof
    Test Bash Revisited

    TestBash Revisited: Exploratory Testing with the Team, a Journey Worth Taking

    What

    Test Bash Revisited

    Description

    In this session, Mark Winteringham will be joined by Maaike Brinkhof, where they will revisit Maaike's talk from TestBash Brighton 2019.

    Here's what Maaike had to say back in 2019:

    "For a while now, the motto for agile testers has been: ‘acquire more technical skills so you can support the team better’. However, you almost never hear the motto for developers: ‘improve your testing skills so you can support the team better’. Even in an agile context, you still see testers doing the bulk, if not all, of the non-automated testing.

    But wouldn’t it be more effective if the testers teach the whole team how to explore? Can you imagine the power of a whole team being able to test an application effectively?

    Exploratory Testing is great to teach others because it uses everybody’s unique point of view, experience, and biases when interacting with the application under test. As a tester, you can take the lead in switching your teams' mindset with regards to quality and test responsibility, even if you are a junior tester. You can do more than you think!

    In this talk, I will share how I started this challenge with my team by organising Exploratory Testing Sessions. What was successful? What was hard? My goal for this session is to inspire you to try this out with your own team.

    Speaker

    Maaike Brinkhof
    Maaike Brinkhof
    Tester & iOS Developer
    Maaike is an independent mobile tester and iOS developer. She loves testing because there are so many ways to add value to a team, be it by thinking critically about the product, working on the team dynamics, working to clarify the specs and testability of the product, getting the whole team to test with Exploratory Testing…the options are almost endless! She likes to help teams who are not sure where or what to test. During ‘analogue time’ Maaike likes to practice powerlifting, reading books and drinking different kinds of craft beer.
    Exploratory Testing Live
    Experience Reports

    Exploratory Testing Live

    What

    Experience Reports

    Description

    For this last day of Exploratory Testing Week, you'll be able to join us live in this Exploratory Testing Live session, hosted by our fabulous Tristan Lombard!

    Get hands-on with James Lyndsay's BlackBox puzzles.  We will work through the puzzles live, help each other in the chat, share your solutions and have some practical fun exercises you can share with your team at work!

    Testing Family Feud
    Testing Family Feud

    Testing Family Feud

    What

    Testing Family Feud

    Description

    We've reserved a super fun end to a fantastic week of Exploratory Testing.

    Join us and our host Tristan Lombard for this much loved game show, Testing Family Feud!

    You'll work with your team to guess the top answers to a whole host of questions. The team who guesses the most amount of highly voted answers wins.

    This game show will challenge your thoughts on testing as well as how far outside of the box you can think.

    Our survey says.....you're going to love it! So, grab your favourite snacks and a comfy spot to tune in, cheer on the teams and add your guesses to the chat.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    I still have credit with MoT, how can I use it?

    If you have credit with Ministry of Testing and would like to use it to purchase a ticket for Exploring Non-Functional Testing Training? Get in touch with us via email at masters@ministryoftesting.com with your previous booking details and we will send you a booking link.