Meet Your Own Biases

Learn how cognitive biases hinder our abilities as testers and engineers and how we can manage them

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  • João Proença
  • Michael Kutz
  • Meet Your Own Biases
    João Proença, Michael Kutz
    99 Minute Workshop

    Meet Your Own Biases


    99 Minute Workshop


    Have you heard the word “bias” before?  Today, a lot of controversial topics surround that word and for a good reason. After all, bias is at the core of a lot of discrimination and prejudice issues in our world.

    However, there are many different types of biases that influence our judgement every day and are not related with discrimination. For instance, have you heard of Loss Aversion? It states that humans experience losing something much more intensely than they do when acquiring it. It really affects our judgement, for instance, when you are contemplating on the idea of deleting an automated test! Maybe the Gambler’s fallacy influences the way you handle flaky tests? Or maybe the Spotlight Effect blocks you from driving changes in your organization?

    In this workshop, we want you to experience some of these cognitive biases first-hand! After all, acknowledging that our behavior, as human beings, is impacted by these factors is the first step in learning how to improve our rational judgement. We’re also going to try to relate these behaviors with our professional lives. Maybe you can even come up with your own ideas on how cognitive biases hinder our abilities as testers and engineers.

    Let’s learn together! So join us and, please, bring your cognitive biases with you!


    • Detect when a cognitive bias affects you as a professional
    • Identify strategies to mitigate the effect of cognitive biases for daily judgments and in discussions.
    • Explore other cognitive biases that may affect you


    João Proença
    João Proença
    Quality Engineer
    João Proença comes from Lisbon, Portugal, and is a Quality Engineer at Ada Health. He has assumed various roles throughout his career in the past 16 years, including quality assurance, development, customer support and marketing. Finding innovative solutions for difficult problems is what drives him the most, so he is always eager to talk about how professionals are overcoming testing challenges around the world. Outside of IT, João is passionate about songwriting, movies and football. You’ll see him tweet about all of these topics using the @jrosaproenca handle.
    Michael Kutz
    Michael Kutz
    Quality Engineer/Ambassador
    I've been working in professional software development for more than 10 years now. I love to write working software and I hate fixing bugs. Hence I developed a strong focus on test automation, continuous delivery/deployment and agile principals. Since 2014 I work at digital as a software engineer and since 2018 as quality engineer. As such my main objective is to support our development teams in QA and test automation to empower them to write awesome bug-free software fast.

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    Our 99-minute workshops are designed to be attended live. If you can’t make the scheduled time, we will add highlights of the workshop in the future once the workshops are complete.