We’re super excited to announce another excellent line-up for this year’s TestBash Manchester, now online!
And to make things even better we’re building the excitement throughout the week by offering you the chance to see one talk a day, starting on Monday, the 28th of September, leading up to the conference day on Friday, the 2nd of October where we’ll have the very enthusiastic Leigh Rathbone joining us as host to make sure we bring you the most Mancunian TestBash experience possible.
Do you have credit with Ministry of Testing and would like to use it to purchase your Pro Membership to attend TestBash Manchester? Get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org with your previous booking details and we'll make it happen.
Monday, 28th of September
Tuesday, 29th of September
Wednesday, 30th of September
Thursday, 1st of October
Friday, 2nd of October
*The presented times are in UK Timezone (UTC+1)
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Head of Quality Advocacy
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Getting Started with Mobile Accessibility Testing
Ady StokesA long-time accessibility advocate with over 20 years of direct auditing, coaching, leadership, training and testing experience. Passionate about quality, accessibility, delivering value, sharing knowledge, the test community and ideas. Creator of the Periodic Table of Testing, Accessibility Quadrants, presenter at international conferences, TestBash speaker and organiser of Ministry of Testing Leeds Meetup @Cricketrulz
Don't Run Before You Can Walk
- Identify activities that can help testers get started on their journey to becoming test automation developers
- Identify ways that the business and team can support testers who want to get involved in test automation
Louise GibbsLouise recently started work as a Senior QA Analyst at MandM Direct, an online sportswear retailer. Before this, she worked at Malvern Panalytical, a company that developed scientific instruments for a variety of industries, most notably pharmaceuticals. She was involved in testing the software used to carry out automated particle imaging and raman spectroscopy to identify particles in a mixed sample. Louise graduated from Bangor University with a degree in Computer Science for Business. Her first job after university was as a software tester for Loyalty Logistix, a company that produced Web, Mobile and Desktop applications that allowed members of the Automotive industry to run Loyalty schemes for customers. @Louise_J_Gibbs
What is a Principal Tester?
Why become a Principal Tester? The Principal Tester role opens up another avenue for testers to explore if the typical management path for career development isn’t your calling. It brings you into a leadership role where you can hone your test craftsmanship skills as well as developing new skills to compliment the work of the Test Leads and Managers. The added benefit of this role is that you can shape it to best meet yours and your teams’ requirements.
- The Expert and The Quality Engineer model of what a Principal Tester is
- Why is it different to a other Senior Test Positions
- What they bring to your department that a embedded tester doesn’t
- Why you might want to consider it as a career path
Jitesh GosaiOver 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. @jitgo
My Journey to Becoming a DevOps Tester... By Playing Board Games
As a tester, I found myself wondering if I'd ever have enough technical knowledge to keep up with the developers in my team. I was also having difficultly keeping track and statistics on what board games I'd been playing. One day, I realised the perfect solution to both these problems - build an API that talked to a Google Sheet, and ran various analysis on the data, using AWS SAM.
But what then? I needed somewhere to host this data. So I set up a pipeline using Jenkins and Docker to release the output of this data to my website. Throughout this process, and many, many failures with my set-up of AWS, Docker and Jenkins, I learnt so much and become so more confident in my knowledge. Finally my goal of holding my own with talking to developers was well on the way to being complete.
As well as the technical knowledge I am constantly gaining with this, an important lesson I've learnt is how much easier it can be to learn new things when you incorporate a hobby into your learning.
With this talk, I'd like to share this journey with the TestBash Manchester audience, and hopefully inspire other testers in their journey of DevOps.
- Improving your self-esteem & confidence in your own knowledge
- Learning how software engineering/testing is far more than just writing code
Hannah BeechI'm a Principal Test Engineer working in a DevOps team at Footasylum. I've proudly say "I'm a tester who doesn't test. It's not my job to test. It's my job to coach my team how to test" multiple times. When I'm not coaching my team on testing best practices, I'm either playing boardgames, talking about boardgames, or trying to stop my cats from breaking boardgames. @hannardynamite
How to Build Your Personal Brand
It is fair to say 2020 has been a crazy one. With so much uncertainty in the job market and competition to secure the roles that are available, it couldn’t be a more important time to harness the power of having a Personal Brand.
During this talk, I will be covering a myriad of topics that span branding and utilising social media in your job search. I will take you through step by step to understand what a personal brand is, how to put it together and why it is of such great value in 2020. As well as this I will be pulling on my 5 years’ experience as a “Social Media” enthusiast to show you how to secure a role via social media, and how you can best build meaningful online networks.
How to identify your personal brand.
Using social media to help you find a new role + grow your network.
How to use Content to boost your online presence.
Gabbi TrotterI am a Software Testing Recruiter with 5 years of experience recruiting Testers. I work with Global Brands and small independent Software Houses and everything in between! I have involved myself in the Test Community from day one and made some great friends! @Gabbibility
Discover data science testing
- Have a better understanding of what data science is.
- Know how we can test models.
- Know what existing skills we already have that we can apply in a data science team.
- Leave with resources to help our teams’ better structure itself to have confidence in the data produced.
- We'll look at what did or didn't work
Laveena RamchandaniI 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!
How to Coach Subject Matter Experts to Do Testing
- One of the approaches is for me to prepare the test cases and prepare them only as headlines. Sometimes preparing the tests as open questions helps too.
- Another approach is to lead them as if they are doing the project participation voluntarily. They probably are, but still it helps to respect where they are coming from.
- An understanding of how testing looks when done by subject matter experts
- How to lead a testing activity with an appreciative and motivating style
- Examples of how teams can do great testing without dedicated testers
Jesper OttosenJesper usually leads testing of all kinds of IT - from application development to implementing commercial standard applications, deploying infrastructure and operational technologies and large transition programs. Jesper works as a Senior Test Manager at NNIT A/S, an IT services company that provides IT consultancy and IT services to the Danish public sector, Danish companies and international life science customers. @jlottosen
The Average Tester: Succeeding Because You Are Not A Rockstar
In a relentless pursuit to conquer technical skills, you may be overlooking things you could be doing which may be more effective in securing your next promotion, or your next role elsewhere, or even your role several years from now?
I’d love attendees like me to go away knowing there’s longevity to just being good at your job and being good to work with. We shouldn’t pooh pooh the fact that some people work to pay the bills, and I’d love to encourage those people to believe in themselves more, invest in their non-technical skills (its not who you know its who knows you) and know a long term career is achievable without attaining rockstar status.
Beth MarshallBeth has been testing since 2008, and currently works as Senior Test Lead at Smoothwall. Based in Leeds, she's passionate about Northern tech, and is a proud member of the Yorkshire software testing community. She is also thrilled to be presenting at this years Testbash Manchester event, having thoroughly enjoyed being an attendee for the last few years. @Beth_AskHer
Whilst reading this it quickly struck me how many similarities there where between what we do as testers and how artists paint, think and promote their work.
- I realised the non-cubist nail in a cubist painting was the same as the long leash heuristic keeping the observer rooted into reality.
- I blew my mind with Malevich’s black square and lost endless nights of sleep contemplating it, before coming to understand that oracles are as important in art as they are in testing.
- I found out how America’s greatest modern artist was almost dismissed as worthless by the worlds greatest art collector until he came to the attention of someone who’s opinion mattered.
- I discovered that the worlds great art movements have manifestos which then led me to think about mission statements and the Agile Manifesto.
- I learned artists used focusing and defocusing techniques and linked these to techniques we use when exploring and while working out the steps to reproduce issues.
- I read about how Cezanne turned the art world on its head by questioning what he saw just as an exploratory tester does
- I saw how the surrealists painted with ideas feeding off ideas linking this into our exploration.
I came across so many connections while reading this book that it’s impossible to list them all here, it gave me a greater understanding of perspectives and how bias impacts artists and testers. I found out that artists use models, tools and heuristics in the same way that we do, how we use questioning techniques and how we simplify complex thoughts. I considered stakeholders in the art and development world, how the familiar can be used as an oracle, how we can overcome fears and obstacles and I found how artists told stories and presented images to their audiences.
So, come with me on this journey through modern (and some classical) art, we’ll weave some testing into the mix so that you’ll never look at a painting in the same way.
- I will give you an understanding of how art can be used to improve observational, conservational and descriptive skills and share an exercise that you can run through with your teams.
- I will share heuristics that you can use while performing and planning testing, some familiar, some new, all with a unique way to describe and share these with others.
- I will show how you can use various techniques in your testing in the same way as the modern artists did while painting.· I will tell you how you can depict the results of your tests to allow you to target these to your audience.
- I will get you to think like Cezanne while testing, how he questioned, how he simplified things and his use of different perspectives.
- We’ll think about the people whose opinion matters and how we can influence and educate our stakeholders by targeting our messages to the audiences these are intended for.
In addition to the comparisons and lessons for testers you will also learn how not all conceptual art is bollocks, Picasso is king (but Cézanne is better), Pollock is no drip, how a urinal changed the course of art and why your 5-year-old really, really couldn't do it. You'll be able to blag your way through any gallery like an expert and a visit to the National Gallery or the Tate will never be the same.
John McGeeI've been involved in the world of quality and testing for almost 30 years with a great passion for people and the sharing of ideas and knowledge. My biggest achievement is developing and running a 'Testing Tales' group that invites internal and external speakers to present sessions to our Internal Test Community with attendees running between 60 and 100 from around the world. Outside of testing I love my two dogs, motorsports, travel and getting out to shows and gigs. @JonnyWasAGudMan
Thinking Outside the Box: Cognitive Bias and Testing
As testers, we often hear that the capability to think outside the box is an essential skill to have. In fact, this skill is great to have whether or not testing is your specialty. Lateral thinking permits you to generate new and innovative ideas, to find bugs that nobody could think about, it can also help you find completely new ways to solve problems.
We all have unconscious biases that can limit our observational skills and creativity. In this session, we’ll discuss lateral vs. vertical thinking, and explain how our brain’s “wiring” can make thinking outside the box be difficult.
This will introduce a few of the most common cognitive biases that can work against us and get in the way of effective testing. Included are some quick exercises to help understand different biases. You’ll get some guidance on how to help your team compensate for unconscious bias, and build up your lateral thinking “muscles”.
- Learn about unconscious bias
- Learn how bias gets in the way of testing
- Learn ways a team can work together to compensate for bias
- Get some ideas to promote lateral thinking
Lisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (2014), Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (2009), the LiveLessons Agile Testing Essentials video course, and “The Whole Team Approach to Agile Testing” 3-day training course. She co-authored Extreme Testing (2002) with Tip House. She is a contributor to Experiences of Test Automation by Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster (Addison-Wesley, 2011), Beautiful Testing (O’Reilly, 2009) and other books. Lisa was voted by her peers as the Most Influential Agile Testing Professional Person at Agile Testing Days in 2012. She enjoys helping people find ways to build more quality into their software products, as well as hands-on testing. Please visit www.lisacrispin.com and www.agiletester.ca for more.@lisacrispin
How to find your way in the automation framework jungle
The automation framework world currently looks like a jungle, each month a new framework is created and shared on GitHub. They all promise the same, better, faster, smarter, but is this really the case? Have you ever thought about selection criteria for selecting a new automation framework?
During this presentation I'm going to share what I have seen being used as selection criteria on how to select an automation framework. I'll discuss them all, like:
But I will also share my experiences when I needed to select an automation framework in the past. I will guide you through a little bit more structured process that might help you select that automation framework that suits the (web) app the best, is the best future proof and opens the way to do proper test automation in your CI/CD pipeline.