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  • Nicola Lindgren
  • Testing Against Implicit Requirements
    Nicola Lindgren
    Talk

    Testing Against Implicit Requirements

    What

    Talk

    Description

    When I started my testing career, one of my first bosses told me that ASSUME makes an ass out of u and me.  Fast forward almost ten years and those words still  ring true. 

    Even if we have written requirements, we will still be expected to test against hidden aka. implicit requirements. And these are a LOT trickier. After all, how can I test against something that I can't see? How can I test against something that nobody has written down or explicitly told me?

    When it comes to implicit requirements, there's a lot of room for mistakes, misunderstandings and frustrations - but it doesn't have to be that way.

    I'll share my experience in testing against implicit requirements and provide tips on how to spot implicit requirements, what shapes implicit requirements and of course how to test against implicit requirements.

    Takeaways

    • How to spot implicit requirements
    • What shapes implicit requirements
    • Heuristics on how to test against implicit requirements

    Speaker

    Nicola Lindgren
    Nicola Lindgren
    Senior QA Engineer/ QA Manager
    I'm Nicola , a Senior QA Engineer/QA Manager based in Malmö, Sweden. I'm constantly looking for ways to learn, grow and adapt. In the past, I have worked on projects in various industries including Education, Retail and e-Commerce.I was the founder of the Stockholm Software Testing Talks meet-up and a co-founder of the WeTest Auckland testing meet-up. I was also a frequent co-instructor for the BBST Foundations course. If you want to read my thoughts on software testing, feel free to check out my blog: https://nicolalindgren.com
  • Anaïs van Asselt
  • Sustainable Test Automation: From Garden to Ecosystem
    Anaïs van Asselt
    Talk

    Sustainable Test Automation: From Garden to Ecosystem

    What

    Talk

    Description

    Organizations invest in test automation to keep up with the pace in an Agile and DevOps world. 
    Little do they realize that constant care is required to keep their gardens of automated tests green. Weeding and cultivating is necessary to maintain the added value of test automation. Why is this gardening so hard? Is it just a garden or is it more than that? Might it be a whole ecosystem with aspects that impact the approach of test automation?
     
    In this talk I will take you on a journey discovering a greater perspective on test automation, through experiences as both a test automation engineer and test automation coach... And all the struggles and learnings that go with it. A journey through different types of climate and landscapes that impact test automation. How to map such an ecosystem, and how awareness can help to better anticipate and get a step closer to sustainable test automation. 

    Takeaways

    • Struggles and learnings when striving for sustainable test automation 
    • How a context has impact on test automation
    • How you can use this context to find the best suitable test automation solution
    • To ultimately achieve and ensure sustainable test automation

    Speaker

    Anaïs van Asselt
    Anaïs van Asselt
    Test Automation Engineer
    Anaïs is a test automation engineer, coach and enthusiast. She gained a lot of perspective at a variety of organizations and (test automation) tooling, both frontend and backend. Anaïs stands for a context-driven approach, Bruce Lee Driven Development, and loves using nature metaphors to share her stories and pursuit of sustainable test automation.
  • Melissa Fisher
  • Too Many Bugs in Production - What Are We Going to Do?
    Melissa Fisher
    Talk

    Too Many Bugs in Production - What Are We Going to Do?

    What

    Talk

    Description

    You've joined a new team and are pleased to see that they are making regular releases. However, you soon begin to notice that things aren't as good as they seem. With each release comes an increase in the bug count, not just an increase, an overwhelming number of bugs are being reported by customers. On top of that, these bugs are leading to an ever-increasing number of customer complaints.
     
    I've been in this situation, I've felt the dissapointment of the team, and I've helped that team get on top of this. It wasn't a quick process or an easy one, It didn't always go to plan, but eventually, we were able to significantly reduce the bugs and the complaints. In this talk I'm going to share how we did it.
     
    I'll share how we were able to better understand our production environment through reporting which helped us identify issues sooner. How we looked into every bug to better understand how it escaped into the wild and how we learnt from each bug. How this didn't just happen overnight, but we focused on bug prioritisation to help us plan our team's improvements. Finally, I'll explain in depth how I didn't do this on my own, I may have been the guide, but it took a whole team effort and approach for us to get on top of our issues and see a significant reduction in production bugs and complaints.

    Takeaways

    • Understand what is happening in your production environment post release through reporting
    • Learn from every bug and figure out how your team can get better
    • How you can prioritise bugs (tips from the test community)
    • You need to champion bug fixes sometimes to get them fixed
    • It takes a whole team approach to have minimal bugs in production

    Speaker

    Melissa Fisher
    Melissa Fisher
    Test Team leader
    Melissa is a Test Team Leader and currently works at Sage. She enjoys supporting test engineers, mentoring/coaching on testing topics and leading on continuous improvement activities. Outside of work, Melissa loves to spend time with her family, get outside in nature, eat lots of plants and read plenty of books.
  • Jenna Charlton
  • Testing Treasure Maps: The Art of Crafting Charters
    Jenna Charlton
    Talk

    Testing Treasure Maps: The Art of Crafting Charters

    What

    Talk

    Description

    Testing with a script is like using GPS, but testing with a charter is like following a treasure map.

    At the heart of exploratory testing is the charter. Charters should guide our testing and help us focus our exploration on what's most important and impactful. Unlike scripts generated for test cases, there's an art to crafting charters. Charters help us avoid the dragon of wasteful testing or getting lost in the labyrinth of distraction to help us reach the treasure chest of good enough quality.
     
    We'll discuss adventuring our way through heuristics, assembling our party (personas), side quests to encourage exploration, navigating your way through a test session, and using your compass to help you get back on track. 

    Takeaways

    • Using heuristics in exploratory testing
    • Using personas in charters
    • Language that invites exploration
    • Using charters to avoid scope creep

    Speaker

    Jenna Charlton
    Jenna Charlton
    Quality Driven Product Owner
    Jenna is a software tester and product owner with over a decade of experience. They've spoken at a number of dev and test conferences and is passionate about risk-based testing, building community within agile teams, developing the next generation of testers, and A11y. When not testing, Jenna loves to go to punk rock shows and live pro wrestling events with their husband Bob, traveling, and cats. Their favorite of which are the 2 that share their home, Maka and Excalipurr.
  • Alan Page
  • The Future of Test Automation
    Alan Page
    Ask Me Anything

    The Future of Test Automation

    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    • Where is Test Automation heading?
    • What's next for test automation tooling?
    • What's the next big tool development we'll see?
    • How can we get started with automation?
    • How is automation used at your company?
    • What's your worst automation experience?
    • When has automation gone wrong for you?
    • What's your strongest opinion on automation?
    • How do you talk to c-level people about automation?

    These are just some example questions you could ask Alan Page during this Testing Ask Me Anything (AMA) session. Alan brings a wealth of experience, insight, and opinions to this AMA, so make sure you are there to get your question(s) asked and to upvote the questions of other attendees.

    Speaker

    Alan Page
    Alan Page
    Director
    Alan has been improving software quality since 1993 and currently leads an organization that includes software infrastructure, tools, documentation, and quality coaching. Previous to Unity, Alan spent 22 years at Microsoft working on projects spanning the company – including a two-year position as Microsoft’s Director of Test Excellence. Alan was the lead author of the book “How We Test Software at Microsoft”, contributed chapters for “Beautiful Testing”, and “Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation”. His latest ebook (which may or may not be updated soon) is a collection of essays on test automation called “The A Word: Under the Covers of Test Automation”, and is available on leanpub .
    Micro-Automations with Butch Mayhew
    10 Minute Talk

    Micro-Automations with Butch Mayhew

    What

    10 Minute Talk

    Description

    We are experimenting at TestBash Home 2021 with ten-minute (ish) talks

  • Bedford West
  • Kim Nepata
  • Caleb Crandall
  • The Future of Test Cases
    Bedford West, Kim Nepata, Caleb Crandall
    Discussion

    The Future of Test Cases

    What

    Discussion

    Description

    We are still confirming the speakers for this Discussion, if you want to put your name forward please complete this short form. The deadline is Sunday 16th May.

    Test Cases are dead. A sentence we've seen multiple times across multiple community channels, but alas, they are not. Test Cases are still very much alive. How come?

    During this Discussion, our experienced speakers, will answer your questions on the future of test cases and share their own experiences and stories on working with test cases.

    Example questions you could ask the speakers:

    • How do you move away from test cases?
    • We've been told we need test cases for auditing, what do we do?
    • What's wrong with test cases?
    • How can we write better test cases?
    • What other options do we have if we don't write test cases?

    A fantastic opportunity to get your question answered by these knowledgeable speakers. Be sure to be there to ask your questions and to upvote other questions you'd like to see answered.

    Speakers

    Bedford West
    Bedford West
    Head of Test Engineering
    Bedford has been in software engineering and quality assurance since he started my professional career in 2008. He is currently the Head of Test Engineering at M1 Finance, a personal finance platform dedicated to helping people manage and grow their money. In his spare time, he dabbles in game development, experiments with one-off hobby development projects, and follows game jams. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are huge motivators for him, and he does his best to bring those into everything he does.
    Kim Nepata
    Kim Nepata
    Senior Business Analysis
    Kim has a diverse background professionally and has been working as a test resource within a number of different development teams in Brisbane, Australia. She is currently working within the finance sector in a multidisciplinary role that supports her E2E involvement from stakeholder requirements through to user testing. She enjoys the science behind cooking, riding her RE 650 Conti and talking to curious minded tech peeps.
    Caleb Crandall
    Caleb Crandall
    Senior Software Engineer in Test
    Caleb is a Software Engineer in Test at Beckman Coulter Life Sciences. He earned his group's "Certified Biomek Engineer" badge of honor while still an intern (i.e. causing an epic hardware crash) and has been hooked on testing ever since. Caleb has been helping develop and test medical and research devices for over 9 years, and is now focused on improving and streamlining testing efforts at every stage of the design, development, and release process. He enjoys getting his hands dirty running hardware out in the development lab, and still keeps a pile of broken hardware "trophies" on his desk.
    Notetaking Tips with Louise Gibbs
    10 Minute Talk

    Notetaking Tips with Louise Gibbs

    What

    10 Minute Talk

    Description

    We are experimenting at TestBash Home 2021 with ten-minute (ish) talks

  • Aaron Hodder
  • To Boldly Go: Taking The Enterprise On A Journey To Structured Exploratory Testing
    Aaron Hodder
    Test Bash Revisited

    To Boldly Go: Taking The Enterprise On A Journey To Structured Exploratory Testing

    What

    Test Bash Revisited

    Description

    We'll revisit a previous TestBash Talk live with the speaker and pause throughout to ask questions and allow the speaker to reflect on the talk.
    We'll be joined by Aaron Hodder as we revisit his talk from TestBash Brighton 2018.

    Speaker

    Aaron Hodder
    Aaron Hodder
    Aaron Hodder hails from Wellington, New Zealand, where he works for Assurity Consulting to coach testers to develop and deliver new and innovative testing practices to better suit the demands of modern-day software development. Aaron is a passionate software tester with a particular enthusiasm for visual test modelling and structured exploratory testing techniques. He regularly blogs and tweets about testing and is a co-founder of Wellington Testing Workshops/
  • Christian Kram
  • Do You Know How to Ask a Question?
    Christian Kram
    Talk

    Do You Know How to Ask a Question?

    What

    Talk

    Description

    QA stands for Question Asker.
    That is what Twitter tells us, but what does that mean?
    Gathering information is an integral part of our daily routine and asking questions is probably the oldest and most powerful technique to do so.
    But what is a question really? What is there beyond the semantic parts of a question? How does that fit in with communication? How does my question affect other people?

    These are the questions I will ask in my talk and provide some thoughts about these. We will touch upon topics like
    • communication models
    • types of questions
    • questioning techniques 
    • active listening
    and see how these can help us as testers to gather the information that we really need to get our testing going. I will also provide hints as to where these things will be helpful in remote contexts.

    Takeaways

    • Understand the SCARF model for psychological context of communication
    • The difference between open and closed questions
    • The difference between depth and breadth when asking questions
    • How to deal with different communication styles
    • Understand the importance of active listening

    Speaker

    Christian Kram
    Christian Kram
    Trainer and Coach
    My core areas as a coach and consultant are quality assurance and software testing. I helped getting customers the quality they need for over 15 years in different roles, ranging from manual tester in comparative product evaluation over automotive test manager to head of testing for ERP software. My main topics are in the field of agile testing, exploratory testing and establishing quality in the whole software development cycle.In addition to software I have been testing real world objects like chairs and mattresses in the past.
  • Luke Liu
  • How Can You Contribute to Automation If You Don't Know How to Write Code?
    Luke Liu
    Talk

    How Can You Contribute to Automation If You Don't Know How to Write Code?

    What

    Talk

    Description

    Hello, I'm Luke. I've got a question I'd like you to help me answer: 'How Can You Contribute to Automation If You Don't Know How to Write Code?'.
     
    I've been asked this question many times, I've answered this question many times. However, during this talk, I'd like to answer this question with you.
    We'll look at what assumptions are immediately made when we hear this question and how that influences the way we answer it.
    We'll explore how to unpack and break down this question, asking small focused questions such as: what is automation anyway? What is the purpose of automation? How can I utilise my strengths when it comes to automation?
     
    My aim with this talk is to highlight all the numerous ways testers can contribute to automation without writing code, as after all, not everyone in the flight crew knows how to fly the airplane.

    Takeaways

    • Identify assumptions when asked questions
    • Define what automation is
    • How testers can make friends with automation

    Speaker

    Luke Liu
    Luke Liu
    Tester
    Inspired to become a Kung Fu Master in testing, while having fun in the learning journey. Committed to delivering better quality solutions via a lean approach, continuous improvement, continuous learning. Powered by #TesterMindset.
  • Theresa Neate
  • Onboarding Testers
    Theresa Neate
    Ask Me Anything

    Onboarding Testers

    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    • How do you onboard your testers?
    • How has your onboarding changed with remote working?
    • How do you prioritize the information they need to know?
    • What would you do if you realized they weren't a good fit?
    • What equipment and swag do you give new employees?
    • What does their first few days look like?

    These are just some example questions you could ask Theresa Neate during this Testing Ask Me Anything (AMA) session. Theresa brings a wealth of experience, insight, and opinions to this AMA, so make sure you are there to get your question(s) asked and to upvote the questions of other attendees.

    Speaker

    Theresa Neate
    Theresa Neate
    Director of Quality Engineering
    Theresa Neate is a Quality Engineering leader, and developer advocate, who loves lean and agility and advocates for holistic system quality and systems thinking. She firmly believes and espouses that quality is not equal to testing; and that quality applies to the entire system lifecycle, from inception to her personal favourites, devops, operations and infrastructure. Her background spans more than 2 decades of technology and leadership experience. The last decade was spent between ThoughtWorks, Australia Post’s Digital Delivery Centre, almost 5 years at digital icon REA Group, and since 2020 as national Director Of Quality Engineering for technology consultancy, Slalom Build Australia. She is co-founder, co-organiser and trainer at DevOps Girls. She also writes and speaks on topics of quality, systems thinking, lean, agile and devops. She recently completed a Diploma of Networking, while still working full time. She’s a lifelong and eternally curious sceptic and learner.
  • Naomi Fleisher
  • Navigating Rapid Change: How I Gave Birth to Dev Testing and a Baby in 9 Months
    Naomi Fleisher
    Talk
    Synthetic Monitoring with Boyana Staneva
    10 Minute Talk

    Synthetic Monitoring with Boyana Staneva

    What

    10 Minute Talk

    Description

    We are experimenting at TestBash Home 2021 with ten-minute (ish) talks

  • Laveena Ramchandani
  • How to Bring Accessibility Testing into Your Teams?
    Laveena Ramchandani
    Talk

    How to Bring Accessibility Testing into Your Teams?

    What

    Talk

    Description

    How often have you heard that ‘Yes this is important, but we don’t have the capacity right now’ or ‘ sure let’s put it in the backlog’ ?
    This is something we should not brush off or take lightly. Accessibility testing is vital especially when your product is a user facing application.
    We need to be socially aware as a team and build quality towards our product with making it more accessible.

    At least 1 in 5 people in the UK have a long term illness, impairment or disability. Many more have a temporary disability.  A recent study found that 4 in 10 local council homepages failed basic tests for accessibility.

    This is quite vital and the sooner we as testers can advocate this into our teams, we make our product more accessible, reduce the risk of bad product reviews, reputation and also be more socially aware. Let's shift left and make accessibility testing built-in our teams. 

     

    Takeaways

    • Understand why accessibility testing is important
    • How I adapted accessibility mindset
    • How to coach team and bring accessibility into your teams
    • Demonstrate various tools available to perform accessibility testing (with demo)

    Speaker

    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!
  • Venkat Ramakrishnan
  • Test Leadership In Requirements & Specification Stages
    Venkat Ramakrishnan
    Talk

    Test Leadership In Requirements & Specification Stages

    What

    Talk

    Description

    Much talk happens today about Shift-Left and detecting issues earlier towards better Quality. While project management methodologies that we might adopt could be different, the same principles apply to detecting issues in the requirements and specification stages.

    Studies show that a whopping 50% of the defects are because of not capturing the requirements correctly, and a significant percentage because of the functional specifications not peer-reviewed by testers sufficiently.

    The challenges have always been how to identify the best way to harmonize the business-talk of the business stakeholders and the development team while gathering the requirements, and how the testers can make the developers see the big picture and tie the loose ends while coming up with the functional specifications. This is not just a technical problem, but involves people, processes, mindsets, and personalities, which need to be understood, to be managed.

    In this talk, the speaker will show the audience on how to provide leadership as a tester, in coming with robust requirements and functional specifications by providing quality inputs to the stakeholders and the rest of the team. The speaker will share a system to come up with a framework that the audience can adapt according to their own settings and requirements, for doing so. Note that this system is process-agnostic, and can be applied to any framework like Agile or SDLC.

    The speaker has several years of industry experience, and a regular participant in Testing and Quality related discussions.

    Takeaways

    • Understand the impediments in coming up with precise requirements and complete functional specifications
    • Understand the mindsets and perspectives of various stakeholders involved, and how to provide leadership in managing expectations
    • Understand how to provide Test leadership with a keen focus on Quality, while taking part in team discussions with stakeholders and the members of the development team
    • Learn to come up with a framework that's suitable for one's own setup, using a system that the speaker will share in the talk

    Speaker

    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.
  • Maaike Brinkhof
  • Bullshit Alert! On The Bullshitisation of Software Testing
    Maaike Brinkhof
    Talk

    Bullshit Alert! On The Bullshitisation of Software Testing

    What

    Talk

    Description

    In 2018, David Graeber published the book Bullshit Jobs, in which he argues that over half of societal work is pointless. This book struck a chord with me because in the last 10 years I have felt that my job as tester was at times pointless. Testing in itself is not bullshit, but it definitely has many elements that we can classify as bullshit. This has caused me to feel cognitive dissonance and other unpleasant feelings about my job, as you can imagine. In this talk, I will map the main arguments from Bullshit Jobs to testing and investigate the bullshitisation of software testing jobs. 

    I’ll go over the 5 types of Bullshit Jobs and argue which ones apply to testing. I will then try to identify why testing in itself is not pointless, but how it transforms into mostly bullshit when you add certain elements and tasks to it, based on personal experiences. Are some testing roles more susceptible to bullshitisation? I’ll also take a look at the correlation between how testing work is organised versus the amount of bullshit this adds to a testers job.  

    Last but not least, we’ll have to confront ourselves with the question “now what!?”. What can we do to avoid the bullshitisation in testing? Is it even a problem? Because this is ultimately an extremely opinionated talk around what the value of testing is and isn’t, I cannot answer this for you. But I can tickle your brain and get you to ponder over this topic and that’s what I’ll do! So grab your bullshit alert and come listen.

    Takeaways

    • Brains will be tickled: I want you to consider if there are elements in your job that are bullshit
    • Understand the 5 types of bullshit jobs and which ones possible map to testing jobs
    • I hope you will be inspired to read the book Bullshit Jobs and find out for yourself if you agree with what's written and map it to your context as software tester.

    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.
  • Joep Schuurkes
  • Charlotte Wilson
  • Jitesh Gosai
  • What is Quality?
    Joep Schuurkes, Charlotte Wilson, Jitesh Gosai
    Discussion

    What is Quality?

    What

    Discussion

    Description

    We are still confirming the speakers for this Discussion, if you want to put your name forward please complete this short form. The deadline is Sunday 16th May.

    Quality. The thing we are striving for. Engineering for. Hoping we have. Trying to build in. Attempting to measure. But what it is?

    Quality has long been associated with testing and testers, but now more than ever this word is being passed around everywhere. But what is it? What does it mean? Does it mean the same to you as to me?

    In this Discussion our experienced speakers will answer your questions on 'What is Quality' and share their experiences and stories about what Quality has meant, and does mean in that previous roles.

    Example questions you could ask:

    • What's your definition of quality?
    • How do you measure quality?
    • How do you determine was quality means to other team members?
    • How do you report quality?
    • How do you handle scenarios where people disagree on if something is good enough quality?
    • How have you managed scenarios where you felt the quality was low but the team didn't?

    This is a great opportunity to get your questions about quality answered by our knowledgeable speakers. Be sure to be there to ask your questions and upvote questions from other attendees.

    Speakers

    Joep Schuurkes
    Joep Schuurkes
    consultant
    Joep wandered into software testing in 2006. After a decade in which he learned (and practiced) exploratory testing and test automation, his focus shifted to a bigger question. How can teams and organizations build and deliver good software? To answer that question, he has been exploring topics such as technical leadership, agile coaching, and software methodologies. Currently Joep is working as a consultant for Quality Accelerators. He has given talks and workshops at conferences throughout Europe. He's also one of the organizers of the Friends of Good Software unconference.
    Charlotte Wilson
    Charlotte Wilson
    Test Team Leader
    Hi, I'm Charlotte, I work as a Test Team Leader at Ideagen PLC where I focus on team leadership and testing methodology. I am keen to ensure that testing is both effective and efficient by encouraging my team to try new testing practices. I believe in sharing the work with my team and I am currently concentrating on API testing. I am also a full-time working mummy and I love all things crafting, from sewing clothing to making things with my son,. I also have a foundation degree in fashion design and creation.
    Jitesh Gosai
    Jitesh Gosai
    Principal Tester
    Over the course of the last 15 years as a Test professional I've strived to help the teams I've worked with be the best they can. I've seen first hand what does and doesn't work in improving quality of our products across the software industry. I now want to take these experiences and help others make their teams be the best they can by improving quality through testability.
    JSON Web Token with Postman with Alejandro Lopez
    10 Minute Talk

    JSON Web Token with Postman with Alejandro Lopez

    What

    10 Minute Talk

    Description

    We are experimenting at TestBash Home 2021 with ten-minute (ish) talks

  • Erika Chestnut
  • Gatekeeper to Enabler: 5 Steps to Make QA the Darling of Your Company
    Erika Chestnut
    Talk

    Gatekeeper to Enabler: 5 Steps to Make QA the Darling of Your Company

    What

    Talk

    Description

    How’s the culture of quality in your organization? In 2021, many companies will still place QA at the end of the delivery lifecycle - acting gatekeepers to production. Does your leadership act as a gatekeeper in your release cycles or do you have the final say? Gatekeeping creates a wasteful test experience that ultimately drives longer delivery cycles and does not cultivate a culture where everyone is empowered to assure quality. 

    In this talk, the speaker will share 5 concrete steps to transform your leadership from costly gatekeeping to enabling quality. If you are looking for how to enhance your influence, champion modern quality, and transform your QA team into the darling of your organization, this is the leadership talk for you. 

    Takeaways

    • How to leverage relationship and rapport to influence others
    • The costly impact of gatekeeping
    • 3C's of Quality 
    • How accountability empowers others
    • Define metrics that build up and not tear down

    Speaker

    Erika Chestnut
    Erika Chestnut
    Head of QA
    Fun. Quirky. Clever. Sassy. Erika’s leadership style begins and ends with relationships. With over 20 years of experience in the tech industry - from application development to spinning up new quality departments - Erika has learned to lead with grace, patience and a little bit of snarky humor. Her mission is to help Business Leaders, Founders and Quality Champions ensure quality is at the core of their company.
  • Jenny Bramble
  • Erin Hess
  • Empathy is the Foundation of Testing
    Jenny Bramble, Erin Hess
    Talk

    Empathy is the Foundation of Testing

    What

    Talk

    Description

    Testing is rooted in having deep knowledge of our end users, their motivations, limitations.  This is the empathy that underlies all good test strategies.  By having a clear pictures of the users who use our products and the users that we’d like to having using our products, we can do targeted efficient testing that helps create the best products for our users.

    But how do we get there?  How do we figure out and understand the shape of or userbase?

    Join the speakers as we strive to answer that question in the form of “empathy sessions”, a form of exploratory testing that explores your users, edge cases, and helps you determine if your application is set up for help or harm different populations.  You’ll walk away from this talk with a tool box full of ways to investigate who your users are and who you’re actually designing for as well as a deeper sense of the empathy that should flow throughout all our testing.

    Takeaways

    • Empathy underlies all of our testing.  Targeted empathy is missing from the SDLC.
    • Discovering the users that we think we're designing for versus who we are actually designing for will help create more accessible and friendly applications
    • Running empathy sessions that focus on exploring our users and how they interact with the product brings empathy (and therefore testing) to the forefront

    Speakers

    Jenny Bramble
    Jenny Bramble
    Director of Quality Engineering

    Jenny came up through support and DevOps, cutting her teeth on that interesting role that acts as the 'translator' between customer requests from support and the development team. Her love of support and the human side of problems lets her find a sweet spot between empathy for the user and empathy for my team.

    She's done testing, support, or human interfacing for most of her career. She finds herself happiest when she's making an impact on other people--whether it's helping find issues in applications, leading scrum, speaking at events, or just grabbing a coffee and chatting.

    Erin Hess
    Erin Hess
    Senior Test Engineer
    I'm a self taught coder who developed a love for software testing. I like to help build solutions to testing problems.
    Using WAVE to Test for Accessbility with Ioan Solderea
    10 Minute Talk

    Using WAVE to Test for Accessbility with Ioan Solderea

    What

    10 Minute Talk

    Description

    We are experimenting at TestBash Home 2021 with ten-minute (ish) talks

    Our Famous 99-Second Talks
    99 Second Talks

    Our Famous 99-Second Talks

    What

    99 Second Talks

    Description

    It wouldn't be a TestBash without 99-Second Talks. Many great speaking careers have started with a 99-second talk.

    Not sure what they are? Well, you get 99 seconds to talk about anything you like. The majority are testing-related, but the stage is yours, talk about whatever you like.
    We basically ask all those that are interested to join the virtual queue and we work our way through them until we are done.

  • Ash Winter
  • Gwen Diagram
  • Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego
    Ash Winter, Gwen Diagram
    Social

    Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego

    What

    Social

    Description

    This will be a team social activity to wrap up TestBash Home 2021.

    Travelling the world is on hold for us law-abiding citizens but the gang of Carmen Sandiego has been galavanting the globe stealing precious jewels.  Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to track down the dastardly villains in the hope of finding their leader, Carmen Sandiego.  These criminals must be brought to justice! 

    In two teams of six, you will be searching across the planet, exploring cities for hints left by the hapless burglars.  You'll have to act quick though, they move around the world fast! Upon finding the clues, you'll face off the evil, fantastic, Carmen Sandiego!   

    To form a team of gumshoes, make sure to head to the Club to sign up! 

    Speakers

    Ash Winter
    Ash Winter
    Tester
    Ash Winter is a consulting tester and conference speaker, working as an independent consultant providing testing, performance engineering, and automation of both build and test. He has been a team member delivering mobile apps and web services for start ups and a leader of teams and change for testing consultancies and their clients. He spends most of his time helping teams think about testing problems, asking questions and coaching when invited.
    Gwen Diagram
    Gwen Diagram
    Head of Engineering

    Gwen Diagram is a technology professional from Leeds who specialises in testing.  She is an avid automation evangelist with a focus on testing complemented by repeatable build processes with monitoring. She has had varied roles throughout her career including Scrum Master at a Start Up, Engineering Manager at a bank and DevOps kid at a large Financial Services organisation. She is currently the Head of Engineering at Glean in Leeds.

    As a strong believer in making the tech industry as open and punk as possible, she co-organises a twice yearly free day long testing conference called the Leeds Testing Atelier.  She speaks regularly at local meet-up groups, Agile Yorkshire and Leeds DevOps, duels with creative types at events like the Tech Off, speaks internationally at conferences such as Nordic Testing Days in Tallinn and was the closing keynote at Agile on the Beach in Falmouth, UK in 2018.

    Outside of work, you will usually find her hanging around a Natural History Museum somewhere in the world marvelling at how incredibly excellent dinosaurs are, feeding pigeons or ducks or obsessing over transport.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How can I register?

    Pro

    Go Pro! TestBash Home 2021 is included in Pro Membership. If you're not yet a Pro Member, not a problem. Sign Up now for £24.99 per month or save with the yearly subscription for £249.99 and guarantee yourself access to a full year of online events, themed weeks, 99-Minute Workshops and so much more!

    Even better get your company to sign the whole team up to Pro and benefit from tiered discounts.

    Tickets

    Buy tickets here.
    Buy 1–4 for £75 each, 5–9 for £60 each, 10 or more for £50 each*
    * inc VAT where applicable.

    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 or go Pro, get in touch with us via email at testbash@ministryoftesting.com with your previous booking details and we will send you a booking link.

    What platform with TestBash Home be hosted on?

    99% sure it will be Hopin, but we'll confirm closer to the event.

    Can I still speak?

    We are looking for people to submit pre-recorded ten-minute talks. These can short informative videos that explain a concept, techniques of a feature of a tool.

    Is there a Code of Conduct?

    Yes, all Ministry of Testing events follow our code of conduct.

    Is TestBash Home PayToSpeak?

    No. All the speakers at TestBash Home are paid for their time, with no exceptions. All the hosts are also paid for their time.