After the resounding success of TestBash UK 2022 in Manchester, we’re now bringing you ReTestBash UK 2022: the online version of TestBash UK!

  • Missed TestBash UK 2022? Join us this time to watch the talks from excellent speakers and get involved at their live Q&A sessions.
  • Attended TestBash UK 2022 the first time around? Now is the time to dig deeper into those topics and get answers to the questions that have come up since.  Not to mention reconnecting with the people you met.

On the 1st of December, we’ll play seven selected talks from TestBash UK and have live Q&A sessions with some of the speakers.
We’ll also have an Activity and our world-famous 99-Second Talks, we’ll even show some of the community talks that happened in September and give you the opportunity to give your own.

 

What Happened

Select a session to learn more about it.

  • Robbie Falck
  • Throw Out the QA Strategy Documents and Build a Ways of Working
    Robbie Falck
    Talk + Q&A

    Throw Out the QA Strategy Documents and Build a Ways of Working

    What

    Talk + Q&A

    Description

    Creating strategies and unifying an agile QA team can be difficult. Why not create a visual strategy? Or even better, a visual Ways of Working!

    In this session, we will talk about the journey my team went on in transforming our agile processes, discovering our Ways of Working and figuring out how to stray away from long strategy documents that no one likes reading and focusing on visual strategies that everyone owns.

    Takeaways

    • Understand what a Ways of Working is about
    • A whole team approach to QA strategies
    • How to create visual strategies instead of documentation

    Speaker

    Robbie Falck
    Robbie Falck
    QA Lead
    British born, South African bred QA taking on the world 1 bug at a time! Currently QA Lead at JustPark where we are driving our new Ways of Working forward and pushing agile boundaries! No social media unfortunately, but feel free to add me on LinkedIn or Medium.
  • Marie Cruz
  • Performance Testing 101
    Marie Cruz
    Talk + Q&A

    Performance Testing 101

    What

    Talk + Q&A

    Description

    Have you ever heard of the term Performance Testing?

    Do you get confused as to what the differences are between load testing, stress testing and soak testing?

    Have you ever been asked to perform client-side and server-side performance testing but you’re unsure how to get started?

    If you’ve answered yes to these questions then this talk is for you! As part of this talk, I will cover the following things:

    • Why do we need to test for performance?
    • The difference between client-side and server-side performance testing.
    • An overview of what metrics to consider when doing client-side performance testing.
    • An overview of what metrics to consider when doing server-side performance testing.
    • A quick glimpse at how to measure the performance of your favourite website using Google Lighthouse for client-side performance and k6 for server-side performance.

    After this talk, you should be equipped with the knowledge and tools to use to get started with performance testing.

    Takeaways

    • Understand the difference between client side and server side performance testing
    • Know the different metrics when it comes to performance testing
    • A quick overview on how to run performance test and analyse results from a Google Lighthouse report
    • A quick overview on how to use k6 Learn the technical skills to use k6 for back end performance testing

    Speaker

    Marie Cruz
    Marie Cruz
    Developer Advocate
    Marie Cruz is currently a Developer Advocate at k6.io and Grafana Labs. She is a tech blogger at testingwithmarie.com and an accessibility advocate. She is also an online course instructor at Ministry of Testing and Test Automation University.
  • Stuart Day
  • Vernon Richards
  • What is Quality Coaching, Why Should Testers Care And What Difference Does It Make For Our Teams?
    Stuart Day, Vernon Richards
    Talk + Q&A

    What is Quality Coaching, Why Should Testers Care And What Difference Does It Make For Our Teams?

    What

    Talk + Q&A

    Description

    This is just a fancy name for “Testers”, right?
    Maybe, maybe not. Let’s talk about it and find out!
    We’ve been leading, mentoring and coaching quality teams for over a decade.
    They’ve even been known to do that work together over the years! During that time, they’ve seen attitudes to testing change and evolve.
    One recent change is the increasing amount of “Quality Coach” and “Quality Engineer” roles appearing in companies.
    Is this a fancy name for the same kind of “Tester” roles that exist already, or is there something significantly different between them?
    We believe there are and will highlight the differences during the conference!

    Takeaways

    • Define Quality Coaching and Quality Engineering
    • Compare the difference between quality coaching and quality engineering roles versus traditional testing roles
    • Contrast how their current approach differs from a quality coaching and quality engineering approach
    • Choose from more options to deal with quality and testing challenges that crop up in their work

    Speakers

    Stuart Day
    Stuart Day
    Head of Quality - Dunelm
    Software delivery professional with over 23 years of experience as an advocate of delivering high-quality value to customers at speed. I am a Quality Coach, Cert. Agile Coach and international speaker with a wealth of experience in both Agile, Digital and Business Agility transformation. I have a real passion for people and their success. Focusing on enabling and supporting their personal development and their career journeys. Currently, I am the Head of Quality at Dunelm Soft Furnishings, building a Culture of Quality and enabling continuous quality throughout the organisation’s technology landscape
    Vernon Richards
    Vernon Richards
    Quality Coach / Senior Quality Engineer
    I’m a Quality Coach & Tester that helps orgs, teams & individuals understand the relationship between quality & testing to help them build better products & deliver more effective services. I’ve been testing since 2002 starting with video games on PS2, Xbox & PC. It may not sound like a real job but it’s the truth! By day I’m a Senior Quality Engineer at a health tech night I run Abode of Quality. Here is one of my core values: “The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude (& how you’re thinking) about the problem.” - Captain Jack Sparrow (the part in brackets was my addition though!) I believe that quality & testing problems are actually people problems in disguise! Often the cause of these problems is misaligned goals, different perspectives, low empathy for colleagues, and the list goes on. Using my coaching skills in the quality & testing space, I believe the most effective way to serve the business, is to help teams & individuals gain new perspectives about themselves & their teammates.
  • Kiruthika Ganesan
  • The Power of Example Mapping!
    Kiruthika Ganesan
    Talk + Q&A

    The Power of Example Mapping!

    What

    Talk + Q&A

    Description

    Who writes the acceptance criteria for your stories - Product owners, Business analysts or the entire team? If the Given-When-Then scenarios are already prewritten and presented to the team, their thought process is curtailed. It might also lead to preconceived ideas and notions. This also tips the responsibility towards a single stakeholder which can prove to be dangerous. What is the alternative then? 

    Discover the Power of Example Mapping!

    Example Mapping is a great way to motivate the team to adopt Behaviour Driven Development. The whole practice is about encouraging communication and collaboration between the various stakeholders. It is of prime importance in an agile setup that the Product, Dev and Tester share the same understanding and have equal partnership in the stories/features delivered. Example mapping facilitates these conversations and also goes hand in hand with the shift left approach. In a nutshell, it is a great team activity which results in substantial gains and increases in productivity. 

    We will find out what Example Mapping is and how to do it. 

    Takeaways

    • Understand the importance of Example Mapping and how the participants can use it in their teams
    • Tips on convincing the entire team to try this approach
    • Practical implementation with use cases for all kinds of stories whether it is a user story or a non-user story
    • What more could be done with this mapping approach
    • Limitations of Example Mapping and when not to use it

    Speaker

    Kiruthika Ganesan
    Kiruthika Ganesan
    Head of Quality Assurance
    I am currently the Head of QA at Deko with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, working as a Developer, Tester and Tutor. However, testing is what I am really passionate about because I get to experience the best of both worlds, from understanding what the customer really wants, through to seeing how the magic really happens. Also, a keen advocate of Women in Tech initiatives. When I am not working, I love spending time with my kids and enjoy writing short stories.
    Our Famous 99 Second Talks
    99 Second Talks

    Our Famous 99 Second Talks

    What

    99 Second Talks

    Topics

    Description

    It's not a TestBash without 99 Second Talks!

    The 99 Second Talks is the attendee's stage, an opportunity for you to come on stage and talk for, that's right, 99 seconds.

    You can talk about anything, a testing topic you want to share, a personal experience, or an idea sparked by all the amazing talks you've just listened to... the stage is yours, for 99 Seconds!

    In this session, you'll be able to watch some of the 99 Second Talks that took place at TestBash UK in September and have the opportunity to do your own.

    Our amazing host Laveena, will introduce you on stage and start the clock. As soon as the time's up, a noise will be heard and that's it: time's up!

    Takeaways

    • Practise public speaking
    • Learn directly from community members
    • Share new learnings

    Prerequisites

    You will need to give your web browser video and audio permissions. 

  • Dan Ashby
  • Evolving Our Testing: Assessing Quality Throughout The SDLC
    Dan Ashby
    Talk + Q&A

    Evolving Our Testing: Assessing Quality Throughout The SDLC

    What

    Talk + Q&A

    Topics

    Description

    Imagine a world where testing was properly understood and invited throughout the full lifecycle of building software. A world where quality was not just perceived as “correctness” based on the software meeting the requirements. Imagine the state of the world if this was the case, with people relying more on complex software every day.

    People expect high-quality software, with quality being an accumulation of the goodness of the experience of using the software, the correctness of its operability, and the value they obtain from the software. In order to evolve the craft of testing to assess quality in line with this, we need to break out of the mindset that testing only relates to assessing the software.

    In this talk, I will explain my view on testing and its purpose of assessing quality, in line with my views of quality being beyond the correctness of the software. Additionally, I will illustrate the value of expanding testing activities throughout the entire software development life cycle that:

    • testing ideas can prevent wasteful development and uncover risks.
    • testing designs and requirement artefacts can discover ambiguities and risks and prevent assumptions and waste.
    • testing architecture and code design can be the fastest possible feedback loop (much faster than test automation) on the quality of the code.
    • much of the output of all of the above testing can dramatically improve the quality of the testing we do when we test the software (improving both scripted and exploratory testing), from us using the risks we discover to better structure our testing.

    There will be examples, there will be models, and there will be stories which I hope to excite and inspire you to reflect on and evolve your own testing towards that imagined world of really showing the true value of testing from assessing quality throughout the entire development lifecycle.

    Takeaways

    • Investigate ideas, requirement artefacts, designs, and processes as part of the SDLC
    • Discuss the testing feedback loops across each activity
    • Understand what activities are involved within an SDLC

    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)!
  • Lewis Prescott
  • The Most Awesome User-focused Dashboard
    Lewis Prescott
    Activity

    The Most Awesome User-focused Dashboard

    What

    Activity

    Description

    Curated by Lewis Prescott

    Design the best user-focused dashboard you’ve ever seen.

    Instructions:

    • Complain: vent and explain what is wrong with testing/monitoring dashboards today. What value do they hold and who are the people who actually look at the dashboards?
    • Generate ideas: what should be on a user dashboard? Add your ideas and headings to the board.
    • Make it pretty: draw and colour in the charts, graphs and metrics.
    • Demo: walk us through the most awesome user-focused dashboard. What are the most important metrics to display on a dashboard which represent the user?

    Wrap-up:

    Creating a user-focused dashboard helps us focus on why we are building software and keeps the core things the user really cares about. Comparing current dashboard metrics and visuals with the user-focused aspirational view will be an interesting comparison.

    Takeaways

    • Dashboards help visual metrics of user data
    • We can create user-focused dashboards
    • Metrics can be boring without colour and charts to bring them alive
    • Dashboards are only useful if they are monitored regularly

    Speaker

    Lewis Prescott
    Lewis Prescott
    QA Lead
    I'm an experienced QA Lead at Cera Care (one of Europe’s fastest-growing companies), having worked across different industries including Healthcare, Non-profit, Retail and PropTech. I am also a course author on Test Automation University & Udemy, sharing my knowledge is a passion of mine.
  • Julia Pottinger
  • Next Level API Automation
    Julia Pottinger
    Talk + Q&A

    Next Level API Automation

    What

    Talk + Q&A

    Description

    APIs are an essential part of an increasingly large number of applications that we use daily. APIs enable applications to exchange data and functionality easily and securely. As testers, we want to ensure that our APIs do not break and provide the expected functionality. We can automate our APIs to speed up the rate at which our checks are done. When automating APIs having tests to ensure that your API returns the correct message and status is great, however, do you test for and automate the negative and edge cases for your APIs? In this talk, I will show you how to get started with automating APIs, a checklist of things needed to automate an API, automate negative tests for your API as well as check that your APIs handle errors appropriately, follow the specified schema, and don't reveal data that it shouldn’t or has certain security gaps. I will also share how to decide which tests you should be automating for your API and how to automate workflows for an API.

     

    API automation executes faster than UI-automated tests and I have found it to be more straightforward to write. Join me to start creating these quick automated tests using Supertest (a JavaScript API Testing Framework) for the boundaries of your API. The tips that I will share can be applied to any framework that you use to automate APIs.

    Takeaways

    • Understand APIs
    • Negative scenarios to automate for APIs
    • Understanding and using schemas to validate your APIs
    • Testing APIs in Postman
    • Automate APIs in javascript
    • API workflows
    • API Testing Checklist

    Speaker

    Julia Pottinger
    Julia Pottinger
    Head of Training and Development at QualityWorks

    Julia Pottinger is the Head of Training and Development at QualityWorks with expertise in manual, automated and API testing and training which has helped companies enhance the quality of their software through improved test coverage, faster time to market, increased process efficiency and optimized use of resources.

    Julia is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience and contributes to the testing community through writing articles, and delivering testing content on Test Automation University as well as her Youtube Channel and blog. She also conducts testing bootcamps for persons interested in entering the field of QA.

    Links

    Youtube Channel

    Blog Website

  • Clare Norman
  • Quality Coaching: Level 1
    Clare Norman
    Talk + Q&A

    Quality Coaching: Level 1

    What

    Talk + Q&A

    Description

    Testing is a superpower don't keep it all to yourself!

    I am a beginner quality coach and a self-confessed testing nerd. I started experimenting with quality coaching after reading the modern testing principles. I really love the ultimate goal of them which is to accelerate the team. In particular, they talk about expanding testing capabilities across your team as well as leading a quality culture. I had no previous knowledge and zero experience in this area but thought what's the worst that could happen?!

    Being the only tester in the department I really liked the idea of getting the developers around me to help out with testing. Not only that but as I freed up time by stepping away from physically testing every single feature, I was able to become more of an advocate and evangelist of testing. I stopped physically testing and started talking about testing. To anyone who would listen!

    So if you're asking how can I make the transition to quality coach? I'll share how little nudges towards a long-term goal have worked well for me. Some lessons that I've learned so far include:

    • Don't wait for permission! Your job title doesn't need to say quality coach.
    • Find your allies. Locate the people who understand the need for testers.
    • Sell the benefits of this approach to your developers.
    • Make your testing work visible.

    If like me, you're looking to experiment with coaching I'll talk about what techniques have worked in my team such as:

    • Talking about testing early. Give developers exposure to thinking about quality and testing before they write a line of code.
    • Asking developers about their testing. Continue the testing conversation during development!
    • Sharing testing knowledge with your developers. Pair testing has benefits for both parties.

    I learned that knowledge isn't something you lose the more you share it. In fact, it's quite the opposite. I believe anyone can try this out and you'll discover testing nerds in your team that you didn't know existed!

    Anyone can experiment with quality coaching as long as you have the right attitude. I hope to demonstrate that quality coaching isn't an area to be intimidated by and if you're truly passionate about helping your team improve it isn't as hard as you might think.

    Takeaways

    • You will see my story of how I introduced the idea of quality coaching in my team as a complete novice
    • Learn about some simple experiments towards coaching that you can start tomorrow
    • How to talk about testing early and engage developers in your mission
    • How to make your testing visible to increase knowledge sharing

    Speaker

    Clare Norman
    Clare Norman
    Quality Assurance Analyst
    I am a colourful tester based in beautiful North Wales. I fell into testing around 5 years ago and I've never looked back. I love the blend of logic and creativity required. I love to make sketchnotes of the talks I listen to within the testing community as a way of bringing some colour into testing. I love the human aspect of testing. In particular I love reading about psychology and working to understand how people use software. I'm currently the sole tester in my company and experimenting with some aspects of quality coaching has allowed me to have a bigger impact on quality than testing alone.
    Our Famous 99 Second Talks
    99 Second Talks

    Our Famous 99 Second Talks

    What

    99 Second Talks

    Topics

    Description

    It's not a TestBash without 99 Second Talks!

    The 99 Second Talks is the attendee's stage, an opportunity for you to come on stage and talk for, that's right, 99 seconds.

    You can talk about anything, a testing topic you want to share, a personal experience, or an idea sparked by all the amazing talks you've just listened to... the stage is yours, for 99 Seconds!

    In this session, you'll be able to watch some of the 99 Second Talks that took place at TestBash UK in September and have the opportunity to do your own.

    Our amazing host Gwen, will introduce you on stage and start the clock. As soon as the time's up, a noise will be heard and that's it: time's up!

    Takeaways

    • Practise public speaking
    • Learn directly from community members
    • Share new learnings

    Prerequisites

    You will need to give your web browser video and audio permissions. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How to Attend

    ReTestBash UK 2022 is included in Pro Membership, making it the most affordable way to attend. Pro MoT is £249.99 per year, with discounts for teams and a monthly option for individual memberships available.

    Alternatively, you can buy a ticket just for the event for £75 - these are now available!

    Also, if you have attended TestBash UK 2022 in Manchester, you have been automatically registered for this event. If you can't attend, just click 'Unregister'.

    Where is the event hosted?

    ReTestBash UK 2022 is hosted on Hopin, an excellent platform for events like this. You'll need to create a Hopin account to access the event.  

    Details on how to join the event will be added to this event page a few days before.

    How do I join the event?

    1. Double check you're logged into your MoT Account. You'll see your avatar and name in the top right-hand corner.
    2. Visit the Hopin event space once it is live.
    3. Enter the password sent to you in an email/or by visiting the top of the event page (Look for the "Join Details" section, on the page you're reading this FAQ)
    4. On the Hopin event space,  select "Join Event"
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    6. Close the "CHECKOUT" page
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