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TestBash UK, our largest in-person software testing conference takes the stage at The Lowry Theatre, in Manchester, UK, starting on the 22nd of September 2022.

We will have two days packed with all the things we've been missing: networking, activities, challenges, games and plenty of other opportunities to learn and meet your fellow community members in person!

Whilst we plan all the finer details, you can start getting involved by buying a ticket to guarantee your space; sharing it on social media, with your colleagues and community members or even speaking with your company to sponsor.

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Quality becomes clear to everyone and everyone’s responsibility.

Meet Your Hosts

Callum Akehurst-Ryan
Callum Akehurst-Ryan
Senior QA Tester
Gwen Diagram
Gwen Diagram
Head of Engineering
Laveena Ramchandani
Laveena Ramchandani
Test Manager - Data science & Digital @ EasyJet
Leigh Rathbone
Leigh Rathbone
Head of Quality Engineering

Meet Your Speakers

Select a speaker to learn more about them and their sessions.

Gareth Waterhouse
Gareth Waterhouse
Principal Test Engineer
Beren Van Daele
Beren Van Daele
Businessman
Arlemi Turpault
Arlemi Turpault
Head of Advocacy
Lena Wiberg
Lena Wiberg
Engineering manager, Author and Public Speaker
Dan Ashby
Dan Ashby
Director of Quality Services
Dana Aonofriesei
Dana Aonofriesei
Director of Engineering
Kiruthika Ganesan
Kiruthika Ganesan
Head of Quality Assurance
Julia Pottinger
Julia Pottinger
Head of Training and Development at QualityWorks
Stuart Day
Stuart Day
Head of Quality - Dunelm
Vernon Richards
Vernon Richards
Quality Coach / Senior Quality Engineer
Marie Drake
Marie Drake
Quality Engineering Manager
Robbie Falck
Robbie Falck
QA Lead
Louise Gibbs
Louise Gibbs
Senior Automation Tester
Thomas Shipley
Thomas Shipley
Head of QA @ GlobalLogic
Alex Reynolds
Alex Reynolds
Quality Engineering Community Lead at Lloyds Bank
Hilary Weaver-Robb
Hilary Weaver-Robb
Sr. Software Engineer (in Test)
Richard Adams
Richard Adams
Senior Engineer
Nithin SS
Nithin SS
Engineering Manager, QA
Christian Baumann
Christian Baumann
Principal Software Tester
Conor Fitzgerald
Conor Fitzgerald
Engineering Manager - Quality
Simon Prior
Simon Prior
Head of QA @ easyJet
João Proença
João Proença
Quality Engineer
Lewis Prescott
Lewis Prescott
QA Lead
Clare Norman
Clare Norman
Quality Assurance Analyst

Gareth Waterhouse

Gareth Waterhouse
Gareth Waterhouse
Principal Test Engineer
Seasoned Tester with over a decade of experience, father of two and Sunderland fan (please don't hold that against me). Always looking at ways to develop others. Regularly blog about things that I think may be of interest.

Workshop on The Power of Storytelling as a Tester

99 Minute Workshop
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The Power of Storytelling as a Tester

Talk
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Beren Van Daele

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)

RiskStorming Workshop

99 Minute Workshop
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RiskStorming

Activity
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Arlemi Turpault

Arlemi Turpault
Arlemi Turpault
Head of Advocacy
Senior developer advocate at Postman, the API platform. I started my career as a software engineer working on various types of projects - from mobile applications to research and development for Augmented Reality solutions. I then naturally turned to developer relations as a strong advocate for great user experiences and access to knowledge.

API Testing and Automation with Postman

Activity
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Ask Me Anything: Postman with Arlemi Turpault - Day 1

Ask Me Anything
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Ask Me Anything: Postman with Arlemi Turpault - Day 2

Ask Me Anything
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Lena Wiberg

Lena Wiberg
Lena Wiberg
Engineering manager, Author and Public Speaker
Lena has been building software since 1999. After a decade of coding they found their heart in testing and that is close to their heart even today when they focus on building organisations and growing people rather than the software itself. Continuous improvement is a core value and they believe we should all strive to keep up to date and challenge ourselves, our assumptions and the way things are done. Lena is the author and creator of "Would Heu-risk it?" (card deck and book), avid blogger, speaker and workshop facilitator. On top of that, Lena combines skills learned through the years in their day job as Engineering Manager. Lena lives outside of Stockholm, Sweden with teenage kids, partner and way too much games, sewing machines and books.

Would Heu-risk It?

Talk
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Would Heu-risk It? Workshop

99 Minute Workshop
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Would Heu-Risk it? - Lightning Mode

Activity
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Ask Me Anything: Would Heu-risk It? with Lena Wiberg

Ask Me Anything
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Dan Ashby

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)!

Continuous Testing Throughout the SDLC

99 Minute Workshop
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Ask Me Anything: SDLC with Dan Ashby

Ask Me Anything
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Dana Aonofriesei

Dana Aonofriesei
Dana Aonofriesei
Director of Engineering
I started my career in Software Development 9 years ago and during this time I tried different roles and assignments, as Quality Assurance Engineer, Software Analyst, Scrum Master, Head of Product Quality, Engineering Manager in areas like banking, eprocurement, trust economy. I love working with teams, driving teams and individuals towards results and solving problems. A few keywords that describe me: sports, croissants, cheese, good coffee, competitive, positive.

Test Automation Strategy Workshop with Cards Game

99 Minute Workshop
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Leading a Test Automation Strategy

Talk
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Kiruthika Ganesan

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.

Ask Me Anything: Example Mapping with Kika Ganesan

Ask Me Anything
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The Power of Example Mapping!

Talk
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Exploring Example Mapping for User and Non-user Stories

99 Minute Workshop
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Julia Pottinger

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

Ask Me Anything: API Automation with Julia Pottinger

Ask Me Anything
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API Automation

99 Minute Workshop
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Next Level API Automation

Talk
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Stuart Day

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
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.

Marie Drake

Marie Drake
Marie Drake
Quality Engineering Manager
Marie Drake is currently a Quality Engineering Manager at Zoopla. She likes to share her knowledge about test automation and mentors engineers with the goal that quality is everyone's responsibility. She is a tech blogger at mariedrake.com, an accessibility advocate, a Cypress Ambassador. She is also an online course instructor at Ministry of Testing and Test Automation University.

Performance Testing 101

Activity
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Performance Testing 101

Talk
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Performance Testing 101 Workshop

99 Minute Workshop
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Robbie Falck

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.

Louise Gibbs

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.

Thomas Shipley

Thomas Shipley
Thomas Shipley
Head of QA @ GlobalLogic
Hi. I am Thomas Shipley and I work in Quality Advocacy. My career is focused on understanding what others in a team are doing. The impact of planned work, managing the expectations of stakeholders and analysing development changes. By asking questions of a team I can better understand the impacts of these changes. Understanding more I begin to coach teams. Sharing my expertise in testing with the team so they can start thinking more like testers themselves. I mentor, pair, persuade and promote towards my goal of shared quality ownership. Sometimes this is challenging but often worth it!

Alex Reynolds

Alex Reynolds
Alex Reynolds
Quality Engineering Community Lead at Lloyds Bank
Quality Engineer in Lloyds banking group, who started off life as a software engineer working on Radar Systems and made the logical move into the finance industry! Alex leads the QE Community in Lloyds bank with over 600 members and an active community of testers and quality engineers. Alex has a love of learning and helping people to learn and develop their own careers. He also has a keen interest in Mindfulness and Meditation and has been practicing for over 25 years. He was one of the founding members of the Mindfulness and Meditation Community in LBG 3 years ago which now boasts over 2500 members.

The Power of Habit

Talk
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Ask Me Anything: Power of Habit with Alex Reynolds

Ask Me Anything
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Start a New Habit

Activity
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Hilary Weaver-Robb

Hilary Weaver-Robb
Hilary Weaver-Robb
Sr. Software Engineer (in Test)
Hilary Weaver-Robb is a Sr. Software Engineer (in Test) near Detroit. She is a mentor to her fellow testers, makes friends with developers, and focuses a lot on API testing, and diving into the code as a tester. Hilary has always been passionate about improving the relationships between developers and testers, and evangelizes software testing as a rewarding, viable career. She runs the Motor City Software Testers user group, working to build a community of quality advocates. Hilary tweets (a lot) as @g33klady, and you can find her thoughts and experiences in the testing world, at g33klady.com.

Richard Adams

Richard Adams
Richard Adams
Senior Engineer
After my first full time job as a games tester, I've had a varied career from Gameplay Systems Designer to Software Engineer for security systems with a couple of roles in between. I've since returned to testing for the same company as I have a huge passion for testing and just love finding bugs! As well as being a Senior Test Engineer, I am also a Cyber Champion within my organisation. This means that I help drive good security practices and in particular I love getting the team involved in threat modeling. Out of work I love gaming and carrying on my interest in threat modeling, I have also created a card game called Threat Agents.

Let's Go Threat Modelling! - Activity

Activity
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Let’s Go Threat Modelling

Talk
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Workshop: Let's Go Threat Modelling!

99 Minute Workshop
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Nithin SS

Nithin SS
Nithin SS
Engineering Manager, QA
Nithin is the founder of Synapse QA, a community space of test automation professionals and software quality advocates. He has nearly a decade of experience in the IT field with a focus on test automation delivery of web and mobile-based applications. Nithin actively runs test automation workshops, helps other professionals share their thoughts and knowledge in the Synapse QA community, and works as Engineering Manager, QA at Fave.

Christian Baumann

Christian Baumann
Christian Baumann
Principal Software Tester
Christian is a principal software tester with 15+ years of experience in the field. He has successfully held different roles in the context of testing: Test Automation Engineer, Agile Tester, Test Team Lead, Test Project Manager and Exploratory/ Functional/ Manual Tester. During his career he worked with various test (automation) tools such as Cucumber, Selenium, Watir and others using programming languages like Java, Ruby and C#, but also applied certain development/ testing methodologies such as Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) and Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD). Furthermore he successfully applied different manual testing techniques, such as Agile Testing, Rapid Software Testing (RST), Black Box Software Testing (BBST), Exploratory Testing (ET) and Session Based Test Management (SBTM) or ISTQB. Christian is strongly driven by his context, always searching for the best fitting solution for a given situation. He´s able to understand business´ and people´s problems, and is always eager to learn and improve himself, while staying curios, open minded and willing to share his knowledge.

Test Automation

99 Minute Workshop
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Ask Me Anything: Test Automation with Christian Baumann

Ask Me Anything
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Conor Fitzgerald

Conor Fitzgerald
Conor Fitzgerald
Engineering Manager - Quality
Conor Fitzgerald is a Quality Advocate with over 15 years of experience. He is passionate about whole team testing and working with teams on quality improvements. Currently, he is working as an Engineering Manager(Quality) for Poppulo| FWI in Cork, Ireland. He has spoken at a number of conferences in recent years, including SoftTestDublin, TestBash, OnlineTestConf, AgileLeanInternational, and RebelCon. Conor is an active member of the test community and is a Co-Founder of the Ministry of Testing Cork. Previous positions included Test Consultant, Test Lead/Manager, and Automation focused roles. These positions were held in a wide variety of industries from embedded systems to financial systems with companies ranging from startups to large multinationals such as Intel. Occasionally blogs here at conorfi.com and frequently tweets at @conorfi.

Simon Prior

Simon Prior
Simon Prior
Head of QA @ easyJet
Simon is heading up the QA teams at EasyJet. In his career he has worked in various roles across IT from C++ developer, Scrum Master, Build Engineer before finally finding his passion in Testing. He's worked in various domains from CyberSecurity, Gaming/Gambling and now the Airline industry. He has a keen interest in finding ways to improve the testing process and ensuring products are released with the highest possible quality. He also loves coaching/mentoring his team to be the best they can, enabling them to use all possible tools and skills to get their job done to the best of their ability Simon is a well known speaker and meetup organiser in the Software Testing world, a Podcast co-host (check out TestingPeers.com) and also a keen advocate for companies to consider Neurodiversity as part of their inclusion programmes. Simon was recently awarded Testing Manager of the Year at the European Software Testing Awards, with a mention to his great people management and contributions to the wider testing community.

João Proença

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.

Observability in Automated Testing

Activity
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Observability Meets a Flaky Test

Talk
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Lewis Prescott

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.

Clare Norman

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.

Quality Coaching: Level 1

Talk
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Schedule

Select a session to learn more about it.

The times below are for

Main Stage

In our main stage area we’ll have Talks, our famous 99-Second Talks and a fun Game.

  • Lena Wiberg
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    Would Heu-risk It?
    Lena Wiberg
    Talk

    Would Heu-risk It?

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    What

    Talk

    Description

    Experiences and lessons learned from working with developing software since 1999 resulted in the “Would Heu-risk it?” concept. It all started with a workshop with Lisa Crispin but has since evolved into a card deck, blog posts, articles and a book draft in 2020.

    “Would Heu-risk it?” is centered around risk analysis, heuristics, patterns/anti-patterns that affect us in designing, building, testing and running software. They are grouped into three distinct categories: Traps I see testers fall into, Tools I see testers use as super-powers and weapons testers could use to focus their work (also known as common weak-spots in building software).

    This talk will be a compilation of my main learnings from 20+ years of building software, seeing the complexity from a developer, a tester, a test lead and a manager perspective.

    We will use the 30 cards as a focal point to try and focus on what I believe are my most important learnings.

    Takeaways

    • Testing heuristics as super-powers
    • The importance of bug advocacy
    • Up-skilling yourself
    • Involving yourself in the entire process to shift left, right, up and down
    • Different perspectives to software quality

    Speaker

    Lena Wiberg
    Lena Wiberg
    Engineering manager, Author and Public Speaker
    Lena has been building software since 1999. After a decade of coding they found their heart in testing and that is close to their heart even today when they focus on building organisations and growing people rather than the software itself. Continuous improvement is a core value and they believe we should all strive to keep up to date and challenge ourselves, our assumptions and the way things are done. Lena is the author and creator of "Would Heu-risk it?" (card deck and book), avid blogger, speaker and workshop facilitator. On top of that, Lena combines skills learned through the years in their day job as Engineering Manager. Lena lives outside of Stockholm, Sweden with teenage kids, partner and way too much games, sewing machines and books.
  • Dan Ashby
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    Evolving Our Testing: Assessing Quality Throughout The SDLC
    Dan Ashby
    Talk

    Evolving Our Testing: Assessing Quality Throughout The SDLC

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    What

    Talk

    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 in using the software, the correctness in 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 it’s purpose of assessing quality, in line with my views of quality being beyond the correctness of the software. Additionally, I will illustrate the value in expanding testing activities throughout the entire software development life cycle:

    • That testing ideas can prevent wasteful development and uncover risks.
    • That testing designs and requirement artefacts can discover ambiguities and risks and prevent assumptions and waste.
    • That testing architecture and code design can be the fastest possible feedback loop (much faster than test automation) on the quality of the code.
    • That 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)!
  • Stuart Day
  • Vernon Richards
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    What is Quality Coaching, Why Should Testers Care And What Difference Does It Make For Our Teams?
    Stuart Day, Vernon Richards
    Talk

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

    When

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    What

    Talk

    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.
  • Gareth Waterhouse
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    The Power of Storytelling as a Tester
    Gareth Waterhouse
    Talk

    The Power of Storytelling as a Tester

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    What

    Talk

    Description

    As a tester, we talk to a lot of people, we tell people a lot of things, but they don't always listen. 

    This talk will look at how powerful stories can be when trying to get our point across, whether that be raising bugs, talking about challenges we're facing or even talking about the testing that we're doing.  It will call on times when I've done this well, and when I've done this not so well and the effects of that. 

    It will talk about how to structure stories, how to get people to buy into the story, how to tell a story short and succinct (think an elevator pitch) and how non-verbal communication can help amplify the story's reach and influence. 

    Takeaways

    • An understanding of story fundamentals - How telling good stories can help you influence people and get what you want
    • How to apply that to testing and everyday life - In terms of telling people about bugs, or about challenges you may be facing to help them understand
    • How to make sure you get the important points across in the story - We've all been there when someone tells a story that goes on, and on, and on, and on... anyway, you get the point, we'll look at how to break down a story to get the key points across in the story
    • How to amplify your story telling through your non verbal communication - When telling a story, only so much is said through what is actually said, you can achieve so much more from a story when you factor in other aspects of communication

    Speaker

    Gareth Waterhouse
    Gareth Waterhouse
    Principal Test Engineer
    Seasoned Tester with over a decade of experience, father of two and Sunderland fan (please don't hold that against me). Always looking at ways to develop others. Regularly blog about things that I think may be of interest.
  • Louise Gibbs
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    Using Empathy To Guide An Exploratory Accessibility Testing Session
    Louise Gibbs
    Talk

    Using Empathy To Guide An Exploratory Accessibility Testing Session

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    What

    Talk

    Description

    I do not have any accessibility needs when it comes to using computers. However, for about 2 years, I was at one point reliant on a wheelchair or crutches to travel. This helped me develop an appreciation of how the smallest thing could impact someones quality of life. 

    Accessibility testing is often an afterthought. This is not surprising as, unless someone has first hand experience of a disability, they will not be able to fully understand what design issues could limit someones ability to use a website. 

    Before accessibility testing, we should first at least try to understand the various accessibility needs a user might have. We should then attempt to use the application the way a user might use it, such as using screen readers or checking the contract settings on a website. Most of the tools a user might use are freely available in chrome extensions. 

    In this session, I will demonstrate the various tools available that can be used to support accessibility testing. As well as this, we will also analyse the tools that a user might use to access a website. Using these tools, we will carry out a live exploratory accessibility testing session so that we can understand the challenges a user might face and use this to identify accessibility issues.

    Takeaways

    • Develop an understanding of the various challenges people with accessibility needs face when attempting to use a website
    • Learn about the different tools that might be used by someone with accessibility needs so they can access a website
    • Run an exploratory testing session on a website using accessibility tools and tools that might be used by users to identify potential accessibility issues that might be preventing someone from using a website

    Speaker

    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.
  • Alex Reynolds
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    The Power of Habit
    Alex Reynolds
    Talk

    The Power of Habit

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    What

    Talk

    Description

    How simple habits can develop, drive and support a learning culture for you and your team.

    Join Alex Reynolds as he brings to life the teachings of Charles Dhugg and James Clear, and how he used them to create his own learning Habit.

    At the session, you will discover why we are indeed 'creatures of habit' and how you can use this knowledge to introduce a learning habit for yourself and your team. 

    Takeaways

    • Learn how habits are formed and why we favour habits (yes even the bad ones) over anything else
    • Develop a greater understanding of your own habits and how to use this to create new ones
    • The problems with setting goals and aiming too big
    • How to apply the laws of Habit formation to create and maintain a learning habit

    Speaker

    Alex Reynolds
    Alex Reynolds
    Quality Engineering Community Lead at Lloyds Bank
    Quality Engineer in Lloyds banking group, who started off life as a software engineer working on Radar Systems and made the logical move into the finance industry! Alex leads the QE Community in Lloyds bank with over 600 members and an active community of testers and quality engineers. Alex has a love of learning and helping people to learn and develop their own careers. He also has a keen interest in Mindfulness and Meditation and has been practicing for over 25 years. He was one of the founding members of the Mindfulness and Meditation Community in LBG 3 years ago which now boasts over 2500 members.
  • Nithin SS
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    The Hidden Logic of Thinking for Testers
    Nithin SS
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    The Hidden Logic of Thinking for Testers

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    Ability to think deeper is one of the most valuable skills that every tester needs, and yet it is rarely taught in universities and even in workplaces. In today's world, problems are becoming more complex with the addition of new technologies, tools and approaches. To deal with these challenges and remain competitive we should start to think about thinking and build a framework that helps us to face any testing challenges thoughtfully and require a new toolset or framework for thinking. At its core, it must be a framework that helps with problem-solving & provides a structure for our solutioning process. For this, learning and understanding how to spot gaps in our thinking process play a significant role.

    As explained by Daniel Kahneman in the book "Thinking, Fast and Slow", our brains have two thinking systems, 'System 1' which is faster and intuitive and the slower and contemplative 'System 2'. The interaction of the two systems often helps us to get things right or fail at times. Understanding the way we use these systems to think helps us in better decision making and problem-solving. Connecting all the dots around thinking, I have figured out some hidden logic that we still need to explore and analyse. This talk will get you thinking about how you naturally think and unleash its full potential to be a skilled tester by leveraging those hidden logic & approaches.

    Takeaways

    • Explains the importance/role of different thinking types in testers
    • Improve your ability to think, analyse and interpret using those thinking types
    • Guides how to generate a unique art of thinking(Incorporate thinking with metacognitive skills) for testers
    • Learn to spot "gaps" in the thinking process
    • Role of design thinking & Empathic thinking in the craft of testing

    Speaker

    Nithin SS
    Nithin SS
    Engineering Manager, QA
    Nithin is the founder of Synapse QA, a community space of test automation professionals and software quality advocates. He has nearly a decade of experience in the IT field with a focus on test automation delivery of web and mobile-based applications. Nithin actively runs test automation workshops, helps other professionals share their thoughts and knowledge in the Synapse QA community, and works as Engineering Manager, QA at Fave.
  • Christian Baumann
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    Don’t Be a Fool With a Tool ‒ Fundamental Knowledge for Proper Test Automation
    Christian Baumann
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    Don’t Be a Fool With a Tool ‒ Fundamental Knowledge for Proper Test Automation

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    How is your automation journey going? Are you a beginner or have you already started your journey, but are still struggling? In both cases, this talk is for you! I will share my own experiences and struggles, and you’ll learn how to bring your test automation to the next level.

    Many people get into test automation without having a profound background in programming or without receiving any proper training. They have some idea about what tool to use, gathered some basic knowledge, and managed to create some automated tests with it.
    At a certain point, you suspect that something is not quite right with your automation. Your code feels messy and maintaining it is hell, costs a lot of time and frustrates you.

    This talk has you covered. You’ll learn about:
    • How to create a proper strategy for your test automation;
    • How to use object-oriented programming principles in your test automation;
    • How to recognize and eliminate code smells

    I will present practical solutions to problems I see a lot of people are facing too. I encountered them too. You will walk away with practical advice you can use in your daily work. This will reduce the stress and pain of working, by significantly improving the quality of your automated tests and reducing maintenance efforts.

    Note: The talk is not meant to cover all topics in-depth, but to make the audience aware that certain principles and concepts exist. Those will be presented & explained in what context they are useful, so the audience has a starting point for further studies.

    Disclaimer: This talk is not about any specific tool or framework. The principles described are generic, and I've seen them work in different contexts.

     

    Takeaways

    • Learn fundamental principles and strategies that can improve your test automation projects
    • Get guidance on where to start improving your test automation code and receive pointers for further studies to continue your test automation journey with less trouble
    • Learn about ways to make test automation code less messy and easier to maintain

    Speaker

    Christian Baumann
    Christian Baumann
    Principal Software Tester
    Christian is a principal software tester with 15+ years of experience in the field. He has successfully held different roles in the context of testing: Test Automation Engineer, Agile Tester, Test Team Lead, Test Project Manager and Exploratory/ Functional/ Manual Tester. During his career he worked with various test (automation) tools such as Cucumber, Selenium, Watir and others using programming languages like Java, Ruby and C#, but also applied certain development/ testing methodologies such as Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) and Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD). Furthermore he successfully applied different manual testing techniques, such as Agile Testing, Rapid Software Testing (RST), Black Box Software Testing (BBST), Exploratory Testing (ET) and Session Based Test Management (SBTM) or ISTQB. Christian is strongly driven by his context, always searching for the best fitting solution for a given situation. He´s able to understand business´ and people´s problems, and is always eager to learn and improve himself, while staying curios, open minded and willing to share his knowledge.
  • Simon Prior
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    Growing A Culture of Quality (and Making Testing Fun)
    Simon Prior
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    Growing A Culture of Quality (and Making Testing Fun)

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    Description

    Since joining an airline during a pandemic, myself and the QA teams have been on a journey.
    From only being considered valuable to involved once development has been completed and PMs telling us they can't afford us to be involved earlier to now being seen as advocates of Quality and being at the table for discussions about any technical changes.
    The transformation has been tough, but we are now reaping the rewards for all our hard work.

    This talk will talk through how we embraced the culture shift during the pandemic and used it as a vehicle to embrace a more collaborative way of working, bringing people together to discuss Quality and Testing and show ways to improve how we provide feedback on the products through more inventive ways of testing, changing the way we test for the better.

    I'll show how I used my passion for Quality and my external network to engage the QA teams across the company, empower and nurture the existing teams as well as bring new people in to disrupt the status quo and move us forward. Ultimately enabling me to advocate for the teams and raise the awareness of Testing/Quality across the organisation and enabling us to transform the way we work.

    Did I mention our Test Parties? Find out more in the talk.
     

    Takeaways

    • Raise the awareness of the testing teams and the work you do
    • Change the culture by building allies across the business who advocate for you
    • Make the day to day work more enjoyable with collaboration and a sense of fun

    Speaker

    Simon Prior
    Simon Prior
    Head of QA @ easyJet
    Simon is heading up the QA teams at EasyJet. In his career he has worked in various roles across IT from C++ developer, Scrum Master, Build Engineer before finally finding his passion in Testing. He's worked in various domains from CyberSecurity, Gaming/Gambling and now the Airline industry. He has a keen interest in finding ways to improve the testing process and ensuring products are released with the highest possible quality. He also loves coaching/mentoring his team to be the best they can, enabling them to use all possible tools and skills to get their job done to the best of their ability Simon is a well known speaker and meetup organiser in the Software Testing world, a Podcast co-host (check out TestingPeers.com) and also a keen advocate for companies to consider Neurodiversity as part of their inclusion programmes. Simon was recently awarded Testing Manager of the Year at the European Software Testing Awards, with a mention to his great people management and contributions to the wider testing community.
  • Richard Adams
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    Let’s Go Threat Modelling
    Richard Adams
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    Let’s Go Threat Modelling

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    Description

    I will share how I introduced threat modelling to my team and how it is being used within my company.
    Within the talk people will hear the basic theory of threat modelling and also look at how we ran sessions, handle the vulnerabilities found and how I convinced people to try it - using my Threat Agents card game.
    Finally, I will make the case that not only is threat modelling for everyone on your team but as testers, we can be ideal people to get involved.

    Takeaways

    • A basic understanding of threat modelling
    • An idea of what threat modelling might be like "in real life"
    • The knowledge that it is something they can do and not just for security experts

    Speaker

    Richard Adams
    Richard Adams
    Senior Engineer
    After my first full time job as a games tester, I've had a varied career from Gameplay Systems Designer to Software Engineer for security systems with a couple of roles in between. I've since returned to testing for the same company as I have a huge passion for testing and just love finding bugs! As well as being a Senior Test Engineer, I am also a Cyber Champion within my organisation. This means that I help drive good security practices and in particular I love getting the team involved in threat modeling. Out of work I love gaming and carrying on my interest in threat modeling, I have also created a card game called Threat Agents.
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    Our Famous 99-Second Talks - Day 1
    99 Second Talks

    Our Famous 99-Second Talks - Day 1

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    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, an idea sparked by all the amazing talks you've just listened to... the stage is yours, for 99-Seconds!

    Our amazing host Callum Akehurst-Ryan, 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!

  • Lewis Prescott
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    User Driven Test Reports, Based on Feedback and Feelings
    Lewis Prescott
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    User Driven Test Reports, Based on Feedback and Feelings

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    I'm going to talk about what changes we made to our test reports to change the perspective. During my 7 year career working for startups, charities and fashion retailers, I've seen many different styles of test reports!

    Some benefits we gained from this, we got feedback earlier by inviting users to our sprint demos and also improved rollout of new features by including operations data.

    By the end of my presentation, you will know how to add user based metrics such as user feedback comments to your test reports. I’ll walk through the process we used to come up with the user based metrics to include in our test reports.

    Let me give you an example of what I mean.
     

    What does a test report really tell you?


    What do you mean the RAG status is amber?!
     
    The most recent example is from a charity. I naively thought people looked beyond the red, amber, and green status, turns out if it wasn’t red the report wasn’t read by key decision makers.
     
    I soon realised there was no clear understanding of what the risk was related to test cases executed and bugs found during development. It’s not the responsibility of the stakeholders to understand the intricacies of your test plan and testing process. 
     
    Often qualitative metrics are more powerful in relation to risk and feelings of confidence.
     

    How to create user driven reports
     

    User data makes test reports more relatable for the readers. In my current role at a startup, I ran a workshop to understand from my testers what they think we should report on, this is what they came up with.
     
    The user experience team performs user testing on designs, so we include their feedback in our test reports. The users worked on the requirements, so we included their feedback in our test reports.
     
    Bugs that weren’t going to be fixed before release became modifications to requirements by adopting a zero bug policy. When the code gets deployed to production, the test report isn’t important anymore. So we put the production issues in our test report. 
     
    All these changes meant the report was user centred and risk could be interpreted by the feedback and feeling of the users.
     
    1. Involve everyone who holds information to the user
    2. Use production data such as live issues, support requests, and user feedback surveys to outline how your bug fix impacts the users
    3. Remove testing related terms from your reports such as bugs and test cases.
     
    Are you going to add more user related data to your test report?

    Takeaways

    • Why stakeholders don't understand the risks of traditional test reports
    • Where you can get user data from for your reports
    • How you can remove bugs from reports with zero bug policy

    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
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    Next Level API Automation
    Julia Pottinger
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    Next Level API Automation

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    Talk

    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

  • Kiruthika Ganesan
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    The Power of Example Mapping!
    Kiruthika Ganesan
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    The Power of Example Mapping!

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    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, how to do it and also practise it in an interactive workshop. 

    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.
  • Marie Drake
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    Performance Testing 101
    Marie Drake
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    Performance Testing 101

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    Have you ever heard of the term Performance Testing?

    Do you get confused as to what the differences are among 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 on 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 Drake
    Marie Drake
    Quality Engineering Manager
    Marie Drake is currently a Quality Engineering Manager at Zoopla. She likes to share her knowledge about test automation and mentors engineers with the goal that quality is everyone's responsibility. She is a tech blogger at mariedrake.com, an accessibility advocate, a Cypress Ambassador. She is also an online course instructor at Ministry of Testing and Test Automation University.
  • Robbie Falck
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    Throw Out the QA Strategy Documents and Build a Ways of Working
    Robbie Falck
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    Throw Out the QA Strategy Documents and Build a Ways of Working

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    Talk

    Description

    1.5 years ago I took over as QA Lead and after an external QA health check, my first task was to define a QA strategy document. Soon after my company underwent an agile transformation, making our Development teams truly agile. Throughout this process, we learnt a lot about team Ways of Working (WoW), communication and collaboration. 

    This leads us on a journey of throwing a traditional top-down QA strategy document out the window and defining our QA Ways of Working.  
    I'd love to share our experiences of how we went about breaking down all of our QA processes and building them from the ground up, as a team, playing to the strengths of all of our QAs (juniors to seniors) and how it has led us to make really positive changes about how we plan, execute and test work. We've got to the point now where we have no QA strategy document at my company and instead of a lovely visual mind map of our entire QA WoW.

    P.s. We used the QA community to help us define our WoW and you very kindly featured one of our WoW improvements recently which helped a lot, thank you! 

    Takeaways

    • How to define your own visual QA WoW
    • How building your WoW can help to identify and drive process and testing improvements
    • A whole team approach to QA strategies
    • Using your community and ingenuity to shake things up around traditional processes

    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.
  • João Proença
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    Observability Meets a Flaky Test
    João Proença
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    Observability Meets a Flaky Test

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    Talk

    Description

    “Observability”. A word that is quite popular in tech these days, but not always easy to understand what it means in the real world, right? “How is it not monitoring?”

    I mean, we’re told that it’s about “unknown unknowns” and that you should be able to answer new questions about a system without having to ship any code. We’re also told that there are three pillars for observability, “logs, metrics and traces”, and that it’s much more than just monitoring. But how does that translate to real-life scenarios in a software tester’s world?

    Well, one day my team was struggling with a flaky test in our CI/CD pipeline. The way we were able to unravel the mystery surrounding that test illustrates a few key observability concepts on the availability of data and the friction in accessing it.

    In this talk I will tell you the story about that painful flaky test and how it showed us how (the lack of) observability could already be present in our daily lives, without us even realizing it! By the end of this tale, even if you know nothing about observability beforehand, you will understand a bit more. You’ll know some questions you should start asking about your own tests, and have some ideas that will let you find the answers quickly!

    Takeaways

    • Learn what “unknown unknowns” actually look like in real life and how they relate to observability
    • Find out how observability can be your greatest ally when dealing with flaky tests
    • Acknowledge that you may have a lot of useful information scattered throughout your systems
    • Understand the importance of having data stored in one place and multiple views of that data

    Speaker

    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.
  • Dana Aonofriesei
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    Leading a Test Automation Strategy
    Dana Aonofriesei
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    Leading a Test Automation Strategy

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    Description

    Where to start and where to stop with test automation?

    I will share in my talk practical steps for how to start defining a test automation strategy. By the end of the session, we should be defining a strategy together. The talk is suitable for both individual contributors and managers.

    Takeaways

    • Practical steps for setting up a test automation strategy
    • Technique for setting up a vision and a mission for test automation
    • The role of Test Automation Analytics in the success of your strategy

    Speaker

    Dana Aonofriesei
    Dana Aonofriesei
    Director of Engineering
    I started my career in Software Development 9 years ago and during this time I tried different roles and assignments, as Quality Assurance Engineer, Software Analyst, Scrum Master, Head of Product Quality, Engineering Manager in areas like banking, eprocurement, trust economy. I love working with teams, driving teams and individuals towards results and solving problems. A few keywords that describe me: sports, croissants, cheese, good coffee, competitive, positive.
  • Clare Norman
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    Quality Coaching: Level 1
    Clare Norman
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    Quality Coaching: Level 1

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    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.
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    Our Famous 99-Second Talks - Day 2
    99 Second Talks

    Our Famous 99-Second Talks - Day 2

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    99 Second Talks

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    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, an idea sparked by all the amazing talks you've just listened to... the stage is yours, for 99-Seconds!

    Our amazing host Leigh Rathbone, 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!

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    Post-TestBash Meetup
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    Post-TestBash Meetup

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    Meetup

    Description

    This meetup is open to everyone, not just TestBash attendees.

    Join us on the 23rd of September, from 6:00 PM for our post-TestBash UK Meetup, in the Galleries at The Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays, Manchester.

    This post-TestBash Meetup is kindly sponsored by our TestBash UK Purple Belt Sponsor MOSTLY.AI!
    They've also added some yummy canapés and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for you all!

    More details on everything that is happening at his meetup will be added soon.
    Tickets are limited to 200, so register now via the Meetup.com site and please, please, if you can't attend, make sure you cancel your registration to give it to someone else!

    Agenda:
    6:00 pm - Arrival (drinks and canapés)
    6:15 pm - Talk: How Smarter Synthetic Data Can Solve Test Data Pains by Mario Scriminaci, CPO at MOSTLY.AI
    MOSTLY.AI pioneered the creation of AI-generated synthetic data. Watch the platform in action to see how it speeds up test data generation through automation, and better supports agile processes.
    6:45 pm - Networking
    8:00 pm - Finish

     

    **IMPORTANT**:
    If you want to attend TestBash UK on the 22nd and 23rd of September, you will need to purchase a ticket here.
    Registering for the Meetup only will not give you access to the conference.

    99 Minute Workshops

    We're bringing 99-minute workshops to the classroom. These workshops are short, focused and targeted.

  • Beren Van Daele
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    RiskStorming Workshop
    Beren Van Daele
    99 Minute Workshop

    RiskStorming Workshop

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    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    Learn how to build risk mitigating strategies in an interactive, visual and fun way.

    Takeaways

    • Understand and practice moderating a RiskStorming session
    • Facilitate prioritising quality aspects as a team
    • Identify and define risks
    • Explore different practices to prevent, mitigate risks or plan contingency plans

    Speaker

    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)
  • Gareth Waterhouse
  • -
    Workshop on The Power of Storytelling as a Tester
    Gareth Waterhouse
    99 Minute Workshop

    Workshop on The Power of Storytelling as a Tester

    When

    -

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    Storytelling is a skill that needs to be practised and refined like any skill. It also can be applied to Software Testing in a number of ways.

    Takeaways

    • Why Stories are important as a tester
    • How to structure a good story
    • How and When to use a story
    • How you can amplify your story

    Speaker

    Gareth Waterhouse
    Gareth Waterhouse
    Principal Test Engineer
    Seasoned Tester with over a decade of experience, father of two and Sunderland fan (please don't hold that against me). Always looking at ways to develop others. Regularly blog about things that I think may be of interest.
  • Robbie Falck
  • -
    Replacing Strategy Documents with a Ways of Working
    Robbie Falck
    99 Minute Workshop

    Replacing Strategy Documents with a Ways of Working

    When

    -

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    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 focus on identifying and analysing the activities that QAs are responsible for throughout the agile process. We'll learn from each other and work together to create a visual Ways of Working that every team member can buy into.

    Takeaways

    • Identify key activities that QAs are responsible for before, during and after an agile sprint
    • Analyse the activities QAs are responsible for to identify best practises
    • Create a visual ways of working strategy of how QAs go about testing

    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.
  • Dan Ashby
  • -
    Continuous Testing Throughout the SDLC
    Dan Ashby
    99 Minute Workshop

    Continuous Testing Throughout the SDLC

    When

    -

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Topics

    Description

    Did you know that software testers don't just test software, but also test: ideas, requirement artefacts, design wireframes, architecture design, code, processes and services?

    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)!
  • Louise Gibbs
  • -
    Exploratory Accessibility Testing
    Louise Gibbs
    99 Minute Workshop

    Exploratory Accessibility Testing

    When

    -

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    More details about this workshop will be added soon.

    Speaker

    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.
  • Julia Pottinger
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    API Automation
    Julia Pottinger
    99 Minute Workshop

    API Automation

    When

    -

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    More details about this workshop will be added soon.

    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

  • Lena Wiberg
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    Would Heu-risk It? Workshop
    Lena Wiberg
    99 Minute Workshop

    Would Heu-risk It? Workshop

    When

    -

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    Experiences and lessons learned from working with developing software since 1999 resulted in the “Would Heu-risk it?” concept. It all started with a workshop with Lisa Crispin but has since evolved into a card deck, blog posts, articles and a book draft in 2020.

    “Would Heu-risk it?” is centered around risk analysis, heuristics, patterns/anti-patterns that affect us in designing, building, testing and running software. They are grouped into three distinct categories: Traps I see testers fall into, Tools I see testers use as super-powers and weapons testers could use to focus their work (also known as common weak spots in building software).

    In this workshop we will combine classic risk analysis with gamification, using the “Would Heu-risk it?”card deck. Gamifying your classic risk analysis helps us overcome unconscious biases and think laterally as we plan our testing. Playing may also entice non-testers to join the party and learn exploratory testing skills. Tried-and-true techniques combined with a new approach mean better outcomes for our customers!

    Takeaways

    • How thinking about the three categories can bring new risks to light
    • Techniques to uncover hidden risks while focusing on value for customers
    • How to uncover blind spots in design, solution and testing
    • How you could use games to come up with fresh testing ideas

    Speaker

    Lena Wiberg
    Lena Wiberg
    Engineering manager, Author and Public Speaker
    Lena has been building software since 1999. After a decade of coding they found their heart in testing and that is close to their heart even today when they focus on building organisations and growing people rather than the software itself. Continuous improvement is a core value and they believe we should all strive to keep up to date and challenge ourselves, our assumptions and the way things are done. Lena is the author and creator of "Would Heu-risk it?" (card deck and book), avid blogger, speaker and workshop facilitator. On top of that, Lena combines skills learned through the years in their day job as Engineering Manager. Lena lives outside of Stockholm, Sweden with teenage kids, partner and way too much games, sewing machines and books.
  • Dana Aonofriesei
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    Test Automation Strategy Workshop with Cards Game
    Dana Aonofriesei
    99 Minute Workshop

    Test Automation Strategy Workshop with Cards Game

    When

    -

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    Everybody likes playing! So I bring to your attention a workshop with cards game!
    During the workshop participants will design, debate and pitch a test automation strategy using a cards game which will facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing in a safe environment and hopefully the courage to challenge the test automation status quos.

    The workshop is not addressing programming challenges but is touching the design and architectural thinking of a test automation solution.

    Takeaways

    • Test automation solutions
    • How to approach different test automation challenges
    • How to design or kick-off a test automation strategy

    Speaker

    Dana Aonofriesei
    Dana Aonofriesei
    Director of Engineering
    I started my career in Software Development 9 years ago and during this time I tried different roles and assignments, as Quality Assurance Engineer, Software Analyst, Scrum Master, Head of Product Quality, Engineering Manager in areas like banking, eprocurement, trust economy. I love working with teams, driving teams and individuals towards results and solving problems. A few keywords that describe me: sports, croissants, cheese, good coffee, competitive, positive.
  • Nithin SS
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    The Hidden Logic of Thinking for Testers Workshop
    Nithin SS
    99 Minute Workshop

    The Hidden Logic of Thinking for Testers Workshop

    When

    -

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    More details about this workshop will be added soon.

    Speaker

    Nithin SS
    Nithin SS
    Engineering Manager, QA
    Nithin is the founder of Synapse QA, a community space of test automation professionals and software quality advocates. He has nearly a decade of experience in the IT field with a focus on test automation delivery of web and mobile-based applications. Nithin actively runs test automation workshops, helps other professionals share their thoughts and knowledge in the Synapse QA community, and works as Engineering Manager, QA at Fave.
  • Richard Adams
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    Workshop: Let's Go Threat Modelling!
    Richard Adams
    99 Minute Workshop

    Workshop: Let's Go Threat Modelling!

    When

    -

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    Cybersecurity is an essential part of modern software and threat modelling is a great way to identify vulnerabilities.

    People may have heard of threat modelling and S.T.R.I.D.E. but often have the question, how do you actually get started?

    In this workshop, we will learn about the core aspects of threat modelling and then get hands-on experience in carrying out attacks and thinking about how the software could be more secure.

    Hear about how I've introduced threat modelling to my team and how it is being used within my company. Know that regardless of your job title, you can get involved in threat modelling and help create more secure software.

     

    Takeaways

    • Match the most common aspects of threat modelling
    • Determine an attack on a data flow diagram
    • Collaborate to assess defences against the attacks
    • Propose threat modelling with their team

    Speaker

    Richard Adams
    Richard Adams
    Senior Engineer
    After my first full time job as a games tester, I've had a varied career from Gameplay Systems Designer to Software Engineer for security systems with a couple of roles in between. I've since returned to testing for the same company as I have a huge passion for testing and just love finding bugs! As well as being a Senior Test Engineer, I am also a Cyber Champion within my organisation. This means that I help drive good security practices and in particular I love getting the team involved in threat modeling. Out of work I love gaming and carrying on my interest in threat modeling, I have also created a card game called Threat Agents.
  • Christian Baumann
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    Test Automation
    Christian Baumann
    99 Minute Workshop

    Test Automation

    When

    -

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    More details about this workshop will be added soon.

    Speaker

    Christian Baumann
    Christian Baumann
    Principal Software Tester
    Christian is a principal software tester with 15+ years of experience in the field. He has successfully held different roles in the context of testing: Test Automation Engineer, Agile Tester, Test Team Lead, Test Project Manager and Exploratory/ Functional/ Manual Tester. During his career he worked with various test (automation) tools such as Cucumber, Selenium, Watir and others using programming languages like Java, Ruby and C#, but also applied certain development/ testing methodologies such as Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) and Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD). Furthermore he successfully applied different manual testing techniques, such as Agile Testing, Rapid Software Testing (RST), Black Box Software Testing (BBST), Exploratory Testing (ET) and Session Based Test Management (SBTM) or ISTQB. Christian is strongly driven by his context, always searching for the best fitting solution for a given situation. He´s able to understand business´ and people´s problems, and is always eager to learn and improve himself, while staying curios, open minded and willing to share his knowledge.
  • Stuart Day
  • Vernon Richards
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    Let’s Practice Coaching and Facilitation!
    Stuart Day, Vernon Richards
    99 Minute Workshop

    Let’s Practice Coaching and Facilitation!

    When

    -

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    This all sounds wonderful chaps but now what?!

    The challenge with Quality Coaching and Engineering roles is that they rely on a lot of interpersonal skills. We’re talking about things like:

    • Active listening
    • Team building
    • Leadership

    These are easy things to grasp conceptually but difficult to learn how to do during the day job! Ideally, we’d have really safe, consequence-free environments to practice in. Sadly, most of the time we’re in some kind of high-stakes “live rounds” situation where it feels risky to try these things.
    This is where our workshop can come in!

    Using the world famous safe MoT environment as a backdrop, we’d like to give people a taste of the coaching and facilitation skills that underpin the quality engineering work. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

    • See how their current approach differs from a quality coaching and quality engineering approach
    • Have more options at hand to deal with quality and testing challenges that crop up in their work
    • Experience using coaching skills like active listening and open questions
    • Use techniques like 1-2-4-All to get all the perspectives of the team out into the open

    Takeaways

    • Experiment with coaching skills like active listening and open questions
    • Use techniques like 1-2-4-All to get all the perspectives of the team out into the open
    • Gather new perspectives on existing situations that they’re dealing with at 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.
  • Marie Drake
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    Performance Testing 101 Workshop
    Marie Drake
    99 Minute Workshop

    Performance Testing 101 Workshop

    When

    -

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    In this workshop, you will understand what performance testing is and why you need to test for performance.
     
    You will also understand the difference between front-end and back-end performance testing and know the different metrics that are important when doing these two areas of performance testing.
     
    Finally, you will learn what testing tools you can use to measure the performance of an example website.
     
    This workshop will have a hands-on activity where we will run front-end performance checks as well as back-end performance checks on a sample website and give you the knowledge on how to analyse the results.

    Takeaways

    • Discuss the reasons why they need to test for performance
    • Know the difference between front-end and back-end performance testing including the important metrics
    • Build up their technical experience on using tools such as Google Lighthouse and k6

    Prerequisites

    In order to participate in this workshop, you would need to bring your laptop and have the following prerequisites:

    Speaker

    Marie Drake
    Marie Drake
    Quality Engineering Manager
    Marie Drake is currently a Quality Engineering Manager at Zoopla. She likes to share her knowledge about test automation and mentors engineers with the goal that quality is everyone's responsibility. She is a tech blogger at mariedrake.com, an accessibility advocate, a Cypress Ambassador. She is also an online course instructor at Ministry of Testing and Test Automation University.
  • Kiruthika Ganesan
  • -
    Exploring Example Mapping for User and Non-user Stories
    Kiruthika Ganesan
    99 Minute Workshop

    Exploring Example Mapping for User and Non-user Stories

    When

    -

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Topics

    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, how to do it and also practise it in an interactive workshop.

    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.
  • Lewis Prescott
  • -
    Create Test Reports Based on Feedback and Feelings
    Lewis Prescott
    99 Minute Workshop

    Create Test Reports Based on Feedback and Feelings

    When

    -

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    Ever felt like the normal test reports don’t hit the spot? Are too data-driven or don’t get read properly? In my experience, this is often the case and can feel like a waste of time.

    This workshop shows how to build user-focused reports including feedback which reflects the real user experience. We will find the relevant sources of user metrics, the difference between qualitative and quantitative metrics and also shared experiences of test reports.

    Not only will you learn a new way to tailor your test reports but you will create your own user-focused report to take back to your team.

    Takeaways

    • Understand what user metrics are
    • Describe the difference between Qualitative & Quantitative quality metrics
    • Write your own user metrics for your team

    Prerequisites

    Just bring your experiences, ideas and wonderful selves.

    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.
  • Alex Reynolds
  • -
    Using the Power of Habits to Develop, Drive and Support Your Learning
    Alex Reynolds
    99 Minute Workshop

    Using the Power of Habits to Develop, Drive and Support Your Learning

    When

    -

    What

    99 Minute Workshop

    Description

    We all have habits, good ones, bad ones and many we don’t even realise we are doing every moment of every day.

    In this workshop, you will examine what habits are, how and why they are formed in our minds, the strength of habits and how we rely on them every day.

    You will then learn how to create and develop a new habit for learning, as well as use strategies from some of the Habit Experts to make it easier to stick to your new learning habit as well as review its success.

    Takeaways

    • Increase your understanding of what habits are and how they are formed
    • Understand how to hack your habits to your advantage
    • Establish clear learning intentions using your knowledge of habits
    • Have a solid understanding of the 4 laws of Habits and how to apply them

    Prerequisites

    Bring your curiosity, a willingness to learn and a pen. Oh and your habits, all of your habits, even the bad ones.

    Speaker

    Alex Reynolds
    Alex Reynolds
    Quality Engineering Community Lead at Lloyds Bank
    Quality Engineer in Lloyds banking group, who started off life as a software engineer working on Radar Systems and made the logical move into the finance industry! Alex leads the QE Community in Lloyds bank with over 600 members and an active community of testers and quality engineers. Alex has a love of learning and helping people to learn and develop their own careers. He also has a keen interest in Mindfulness and Meditation and has been practicing for over 25 years. He was one of the founding members of the Mindfulness and Meditation Community in LBG 3 years ago which now boasts over 2500 members.
    Activities

    Activities are hands-on stands with activities and challenges for you to complete.

  • Arlemi Turpault
  • -
    API Testing and Automation with Postman
    Arlemi Turpault
    Activity

    API Testing and Automation with Postman

    When

    -

    What

    Activity

    Description

    Walk through writing scripts to test your response data in Postman, passing data between requests using variables, validating responses against schema, and automating your testing using dynamic faker.js data and the collection runner, defining control flow, and running collections on the command line with Newman.

    Prerequisites

    Speaker

    Arlemi Turpault
    Arlemi Turpault
    Head of Advocacy
    Senior developer advocate at Postman, the API platform. I started my career as a software engineer working on various types of projects - from mobile applications to research and development for Augmented Reality solutions. I then naturally turned to developer relations as a strong advocate for great user experiences and access to knowledge.
  • Marie Drake
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    Performance Testing 101
    Marie Drake
    Activity

    Performance Testing 101

    When

    -

    What

    Activity

    Description

    Curated by Marie Drake.

    In this activity, we will learn about the key differences between front-end and back-end performance testing and why it’s needed to perform both. As humans, it’s been scientifically proven that our attention span has been decreasing and we have been so used to instant gratifications that if a website performs slowly, we are quick to leave the website and go to a competitor website that functions significantly faster. It is therefore vital that as software testers, you are equipped to have the necessary skills to inform your team on how to get started with performance testing.

    Instructions:

    Part 1

    In groups of 3-4, discuss the following key points:

    • Why do we need to test for performance?

    • Do you have examples or stories where you have been frustrated by a specific website due to its poor performance?

    • Do you have examples or stories that you can think of where the performance of the application that you are testing has degraded due to new feature changes?

    Part 2

    Within the same group, using post-its, try to come up with what you think are the differences between front-end and back-end performance testing. Include examples to explain the differences clearly.

    Part 3

    Whole group discussion. We will then discuss parts 1 and 2 of this activity and the moderator (Marie Drake) can provide more information when needed and clarify any questions from the group.

    Part 4

    How can you make small changes to make sure that you and your team are doing performance testing? Write down some ideas in a post-it note and discuss within your group.

     

    Wrap-up

    Performance testing, both back-end and front-end, can provide massive benefits. It’s not enough anymore for us to just make sure that our applications are functioning as expected. As software testers, we also need to consider the performance and overall user experience. Users are now quick to express their frustrations if they encounter a poorly performant website. To get started with performance testing, we must first understand the key difference between front-end and back-end performance testing.

    To make sure that it gets included, you need to identify the most important features of your website, research the expected amount of load your website is expected to have, share the findings to your team and come up with a performance testing strategy collaboratively.

    Nowadays, there are an abundance of performance testing tools available to help you with performance testing and most tools are becoming developer and tester friendly but before starting with the tools, you need to understand the fundamentals first and update your strategy as and when it’s needed.

    Takeaways

    • There are key differences between front-end and back-end performance testing and it’s important to know these differences so you can better inform your team
    • Having a performance testing strategy can be beneficial for you and your teams
    • As with other types of activities, a data-driven and team-owned approach to performance testing where you can collaborate with others is key

    Speaker

    Marie Drake
    Marie Drake
    Quality Engineering Manager
    Marie Drake is currently a Quality Engineering Manager at Zoopla. She likes to share her knowledge about test automation and mentors engineers with the goal that quality is everyone's responsibility. She is a tech blogger at mariedrake.com, an accessibility advocate, a Cypress Ambassador. She is also an online course instructor at Ministry of Testing and Test Automation University.
  • Richard Adams
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    Let's Go Threat Modelling! - Activity
    Richard Adams
    Activity

    Let's Go Threat Modelling! - Activity

    When

    -

    What

    Activity

    Description

    Can you use each Threat Agent to make an attack on the above system?

    You don’t need to know exactly how the attack is performed. If you reckon “someone” could do it, great!

    As an additional exercise, how might you protect the system against your attacks?

    Speaker

    Richard Adams
    Richard Adams
    Senior Engineer
    After my first full time job as a games tester, I've had a varied career from Gameplay Systems Designer to Software Engineer for security systems with a couple of roles in between. I've since returned to testing for the same company as I have a huge passion for testing and just love finding bugs! As well as being a Senior Test Engineer, I am also a Cyber Champion within my organisation. This means that I help drive good security practices and in particular I love getting the team involved in threat modeling. Out of work I love gaming and carrying on my interest in threat modeling, I have also created a card game called Threat Agents.
  • João Proença
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    Observability in Automated Testing
    João Proença
    Activity

    Observability in Automated Testing

    When

    -

    What

    Activity

    Description

    In this activity, we will explore ways to evaluate how observable your test automation environments are. Each of our working contexts is different, so it’s important to understand what are the key characteristics of an observable system and what are the strengths / limitations of your own underneath those.

    Usually we think about observability as being product (and production) related, but it is also very important in other areas of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), namely in test automation, which we will focus on this exercise.

    Consider the following key characteristics, as coined by Abby Bangser and Charity Majors:

    1. The only way to ask new questions is to keep the original raw data available and queryable.

      1. raw events

      2. no pre-aggregation

    2. Empower creative and shared exploration based on business context.

      1. oriented around the lifecycle of the request

      2. batched up context

      3. exploration over static dashboards

    3. Make data easy to add details to and easy to query.

      1. structured data

      2. arbitrarily wide events

      3. <
      4. schema-less-ness

      5. high cardinality dimensions

    Takeaways

    • True observability is achieved when you are able to ask new relevant questions of your system without having to ship new code.
    • Observability is important throughout the whole SDLC, not just in production.
    • Use small experiments over the data that you produce and / or the way you explore that data to uncover the impact it has in understanding test failures and your feedback loop.

    Speaker

    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.
  • Lena Wiberg
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    Would Heu-Risk it? - Lightning Mode
    Lena Wiberg
    Activity

    Would Heu-Risk it? - Lightning Mode

    When

    -

    What

    Activity

    Description

    Curated by Lena Wiberg

    Would Heu-risk it - Lightning mode lets you reflect on situations in your past work life and how you could use heuristics like these cards to explore your own, your team’s and your application’s strengths and weak spots.

    Instructions:

    Pick a random card

    Go to https://www.pejgan.se/WHRI

    Click the “random card” link in the top menu bar. This is your card.

    Individual reflection (10 minutes)

    Think of, and write down a few sentences about what this card means to you and a time in your work life when it was relevant.

    (Tip: If you can’t think of a time, try to imagine a situation when it would have been)

    Questions you can use to spark ideas:

    • Is this something I come across a lot?
    • What does this card mean to me?
    • How does it apply to my current scope?
    • If not, how could I imagine using it?

    There are three different categories of cards. You might have to think slightly differently depending on the category:

    Traps: A time when you fell into this trap, or you observed someone else fall into it?

    Tools: A time when you, or someone else, used this. What was the result?

    Weapons: A time when this was a problem in a project you worked on.

    Group reflection (15 minutes)

    Share your reflections around the table and add your thoughts to each other’s cards and reflections.

    If the discussion sparks new ideas and thoughts - add these to your reflection.

    As a group - summarize the discussions and reflections you had.

    Demo (5 minutes)

    Share the group reflections in the larger group.

    Did you learn something new?

    When could you use this in your team and/or own work?

    Wrap-up:

    Reflecting on our work, our strengths and weak points can be intimidating, but it’s the way we grow and become better. Using focal points like for example Would Heu-risk it, TestSphere, can help trigger new thoughts and discover new perspectives. Sharing and discussing in a group, hopefully diverse, is a great way of adding more angles and seeing things we were unaware of ourselves.

    Takeaways

    • How to uncover strengths and weak points (your own, your team, your application)
    • How you could use games or focal points to come up with new ideas
    • How using reflection as a structure can help you unblock yourself and grow new skills
    • How sharing in group can add new perspectives

    Prerequisites

    Resources:

    Speaker

    Lena Wiberg
    Lena Wiberg
    Engineering manager, Author and Public Speaker
    Lena has been building software since 1999. After a decade of coding they found their heart in testing and that is close to their heart even today when they focus on building organisations and growing people rather than the software itself. Continuous improvement is a core value and they believe we should all strive to keep up to date and challenge ourselves, our assumptions and the way things are done. Lena is the author and creator of "Would Heu-risk it?" (card deck and book), avid blogger, speaker and workshop facilitator. On top of that, Lena combines skills learned through the years in their day job as Engineering Manager. Lena lives outside of Stockholm, Sweden with teenage kids, partner and way too much games, sewing machines and books.
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    RiskStorming
    Beren Van Daele
    Activity

    RiskStorming

    When

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    What

    Activity

    Description

    Curated by Claire Reckless & Beren Van Daele

    The RiskStorming session format is a wonderful way of generating a visible Test Strategy as a team that focuses your strategy to answer the following questions:

    1. What is important to our product?

    2. What risks could impact these important aspects?

    3. What can we do, as a team, to make sure they don't happen?

    Instructions:

    1. Understand the product under test well enough

    2. Take the 25 Quality Aspect TestsSphere cards and pick the 6 most important ones within 10 minutes

    3. Take sticky notes and add 2-3 risks per chosen TestSphere card within 10 minutes

    4. Take the other TestSphere cards and match risk mitigating activities for each Risk within 10 minutes

    Wrap-up:

    By the end of the activity, you’ll have a much better understanding of what quality actually means for your product or epic as well as what could potentially harm it. Not just you, but everyone on the team understands how they can prepare, defend and explore against risks which could severely impact the project. Quality becomes clear to everyone and everyone’s responsibility.

    Resources:

    Takeaways

    • You will work as a team to discuss and describe a Test Strategy
    • You will work out a proposal to convince your manager which forces you to focus on business value and risk
    • You will use TestSphere as a tool to uncover unknown-unknowns and strengthen your strategy

    Speaker

    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)
  • Alex Reynolds
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    Start a New Habit
    Alex Reynolds
    Activity

    Start a New Habit

    When

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    What

    Activity

    Description

    Curated by Alex Reynolds

    The first step into defining new behavior and habit is to understand where we are now and have a clear view of the present moment. The Habit Map is a perfect way of identifying our regular habits, and the likely actions we are to take through the course of the day. By understanding this it allows for a clearer intention to be set for a new habit, one that is more realistic, bounded by data and more likely to be achieved.

    Instructions:

    Identify (10 mins)

    Discuss as a group the habits you would like to start, this could range from learning, to starting a new hobby, introducing a new mechanism at work, or ensuring time for self care.

    Map (15 mins)

    Create a Habit map of existing habits, identifying those that are value add activities and those that are waste activities and the impact they have on cognitive load.

    Set an intention (5 mins)

    Define an intention for your new behavior and share with the group showing what you have learned about your habits and what you hope to gain from this new one.

    Wrap-up:

    By exploring your own habits,and  developing a map of the things that you do on a regular basis, provide you with a powerful insight into current behaviours and can support your personal development by identifying areas you want to make change. This will lead to creating a new positive habit (such as a learning habit) and define a clear intention to achieve it.

    Takeaways

    • Habit mapping is a useful tool to understand behaviour.
    • We can use Habit Maps at an individual, team and wider level.
    • Habit Mapping can lead us to alter behavior in a more scientific manner.
    • Habit Mapping allows us to set clear intentions for new behaviour.

    Speaker

    Alex Reynolds
    Alex Reynolds
    Quality Engineering Community Lead at Lloyds Bank
    Quality Engineer in Lloyds banking group, who started off life as a software engineer working on Radar Systems and made the logical move into the finance industry! Alex leads the QE Community in Lloyds bank with over 600 members and an active community of testers and quality engineers. Alex has a love of learning and helping people to learn and develop their own careers. He also has a keen interest in Mindfulness and Meditation and has been practicing for over 25 years. He was one of the founding members of the Mindfulness and Meditation Community in LBG 3 years ago which now boasts over 2500 members.
  • Robbie Falck
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    Create a High Level Visual Ways of Working
    Robbie Falck
    Activity

    Create a High Level Visual Ways of Working

    When

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    What

    Activity

    Description

    Curated by Robbie Falck

    Learn how to create a high-level visual Ways of Working (WoW) strategy outlining the key responsibilities and activities that QAs undertake before, during and after a sprint.

    Instructions:

    Brainstorm (20 minutes)

    Brainstorm the activities and responsibilities that QAs undertake within an agile sprint. Split these activities into 3 sections: before a sprint starts (shifting left), during a sprint and after a sprint (shifting right). You’ll be able to get ideas from a real work example of a WoW that Robbie and his team built.

    To do this, you will need to interact with the others doing the activity with you, brainstorm ideas together, ask questions as to how other people work and together learn and agree on what responsibilities should go into your WoW. You’ll be taking notes as you go.

    Mindmap (10 minutes)

    Reflect on your brainstorming notes and start to build a high level visual representation of your WoW. You’ll be given a sprint timeline outlining the 3 states of before, during and after a sprint and start creating your mindmap from there.

    Demo (5 minutes)

    Show your WoW to your other team members and how you have gone about structuring your WoW. See how others have done it and learn from what they have deemed important in their WoW mindmap.

    Wrap-up:

    You should now have a good high level idea of the activities a QA is responsible for throughout an agile sprint and how your team differs and can learn from others. You’ll have a great template to take home and continue to work on a more indepth strategic WoW with your own team.

    Takeaways

    • You will have identified and analysed activities that QAs undertake within a sprint cycle.
    • You’ll have learnt from others on how they go about involving QAs and generate ideas that might help your team going forward.
    • You’ll have made a start on a WoW that you can take home and build on with your team.

    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.
  • Lewis Prescott
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    The Most Awesome User-focused Dashboard
    Lewis Prescott
    Activity

    The Most Awesome User-focused Dashboard

    When

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    What

    Activity

    Description

    Curated by Lewis Prescott

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

    Instructions:

    Complain (5 mins)

    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 (10 mins)

    What should be on a user dashboard? Add your ideas and headings to the board.

     

    Make it pretty (10 mins)

    Draw and colour in the charts, graphs and metrics.

     

    Demo (5 mins)

    Walk us through the most awesome user-focused dashboard. What are the most important metrics to display on a dashboard which represents 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.
    AMA Bar

    This is the place to come to chat with speakers, community members and get those burning questions answered.

  • Kiruthika Ganesan
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    Ask Me Anything: Example Mapping with Kika Ganesan
    Kiruthika Ganesan
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Example Mapping with Kika Ganesan

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask the speaker those burning questions you got from their workshop, talk, activity or challenge. Or just come in and say hi!

    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.
  • Dana Aonofriesei
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    Ask Me Anything: Test Automation Strategy with Dana Aonofriesei
    Dana Aonofriesei
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Test Automation Strategy with Dana Aonofriesei

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask the speaker those burning questions you got from their workshop, talk, activity or challenge. Or just come in and say hi!

    Speaker

    Dana Aonofriesei
    Dana Aonofriesei
    Director of Engineering
    I started my career in Software Development 9 years ago and during this time I tried different roles and assignments, as Quality Assurance Engineer, Software Analyst, Scrum Master, Head of Product Quality, Engineering Manager in areas like banking, eprocurement, trust economy. I love working with teams, driving teams and individuals towards results and solving problems. A few keywords that describe me: sports, croissants, cheese, good coffee, competitive, positive.
  • Julia Pottinger
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    Ask Me Anything: API Automation with Julia Pottinger
    Julia Pottinger
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: API Automation with Julia Pottinger

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask the speaker those burning questions you got from their workshop, talk, activity or challenge. Or just come in and say hi!

     

     

    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

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    Ask Me Anything: Meetups with Petros Plakogiannis (Athens Meetup) Day 1
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Meetups with Petros Plakogiannis (Athens Meetup) Day 1

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar.

    In this session, you'll be able to meet Petros and ask him anything about the famous Athens Meetup. What it takes to run a Meetup, what's a Meetup group, how does it contribute to your career, etc.

     

  • Arlemi Turpault
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    Ask Me Anything: Postman with Arlemi Turpault - Day 1
    Arlemi Turpault
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Postman with Arlemi Turpault - Day 1

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask our awesome sponsors those burning questions you got from activity, challenge, or just come in and say hi!

    Speaker

    Arlemi Turpault
    Arlemi Turpault
    Head of Advocacy
    Senior developer advocate at Postman, the API platform. I started my career as a software engineer working on various types of projects - from mobile applications to research and development for Augmented Reality solutions. I then naturally turned to developer relations as a strong advocate for great user experiences and access to knowledge.
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    Ask Me Anything: useMango - Day 1
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: useMango - Day 1

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask our awesome sponsors those burning questions you got from the activity or challenge, or just come in and say hi!

  • Thomas Shipley
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    Ask Me Anything: Global Logic with Thomas Shipley - Day 1
    Thomas Shipley
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Global Logic with Thomas Shipley - Day 1

    When

    -

    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Topics

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask our awesome sponsors those burning questions you got from the activity or challenge, or just come in and say hi!

    Speaker

    Thomas Shipley
    Thomas Shipley
    Head of QA @ GlobalLogic
    Hi. I am Thomas Shipley and I work in Quality Advocacy. My career is focused on understanding what others in a team are doing. The impact of planned work, managing the expectations of stakeholders and analysing development changes. By asking questions of a team I can better understand the impacts of these changes. Understanding more I begin to coach teams. Sharing my expertise in testing with the team so they can start thinking more like testers themselves. I mentor, pair, persuade and promote towards my goal of shared quality ownership. Sometimes this is challenging but often worth it!
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    Ask Me Anything: Sauce Labs - Day 1
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Sauce Labs - Day 1

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask our awesome sponsors those burning questions you got from the activity or challenge, or just come in and say hi!

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    Ask Me Anything: Virtuoso - Day 1
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Virtuoso - Day 1

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask our awesome sponsors those burning questions you got from the activity or challenge, or just come in and say hi!

  • Hilary Weaver-Robb
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    Ask Me Anything: Meetups with Hilary Weaver-Robb (Detroit Meetup) Day 1
    Hilary Weaver-Robb
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Meetups with Hilary Weaver-Robb (Detroit Meetup) Day 1

    When

    -

    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar.

    In this session, you'll be able to meet Hilary and ask her anything about the famous Detroit Meetup. What it takes to run a Meetup, what's a Meetup group, how does it contribute to your career, etc.

    Speaker

    Hilary Weaver-Robb
    Hilary Weaver-Robb
    Sr. Software Engineer (in Test)
    Hilary Weaver-Robb is a Sr. Software Engineer (in Test) near Detroit. She is a mentor to her fellow testers, makes friends with developers, and focuses a lot on API testing, and diving into the code as a tester. Hilary has always been passionate about improving the relationships between developers and testers, and evangelizes software testing as a rewarding, viable career. She runs the Motor City Software Testers user group, working to build a community of quality advocates. Hilary tweets (a lot) as @g33klady, and you can find her thoughts and experiences in the testing world, at g33klady.com.
  • Conor Fitzgerald
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    Ask Me Anything: Meetups with Conor Fitzgerald (Cork Meetup) Day 1
    Conor Fitzgerald
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Meetups with Conor Fitzgerald (Cork Meetup) Day 1

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar.

    In this session, you'll be able to meet Conor and ask him anything about the famous Cork Meetup. What it takes to run a Meetup, what's a Meetup group, how does it contribute to your career, etc.

    Speaker

    Conor Fitzgerald
    Conor Fitzgerald
    Engineering Manager - Quality
    Conor Fitzgerald is a Quality Advocate with over 15 years of experience. He is passionate about whole team testing and working with teams on quality improvements. Currently, he is working as an Engineering Manager(Quality) for Poppulo| FWI in Cork, Ireland. He has spoken at a number of conferences in recent years, including SoftTestDublin, TestBash, OnlineTestConf, AgileLeanInternational, and RebelCon. Conor is an active member of the test community and is a Co-Founder of the Ministry of Testing Cork. Previous positions included Test Consultant, Test Lead/Manager, and Automation focused roles. These positions were held in a wide variety of industries from embedded systems to financial systems with companies ranging from startups to large multinationals such as Intel. Occasionally blogs here at conorfi.com and frequently tweets at @conorfi.
  • Alex Reynolds
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    Ask Me Anything: Power of Habit with Alex Reynolds
    Alex Reynolds
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Power of Habit with Alex Reynolds

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask the speaker those burning questions you got from their workshop, talk, activity or challenge. Or just come in and say hi!

    Speaker

    Alex Reynolds
    Alex Reynolds
    Quality Engineering Community Lead at Lloyds Bank
    Quality Engineer in Lloyds banking group, who started off life as a software engineer working on Radar Systems and made the logical move into the finance industry! Alex leads the QE Community in Lloyds bank with over 600 members and an active community of testers and quality engineers. Alex has a love of learning and helping people to learn and develop their own careers. He also has a keen interest in Mindfulness and Meditation and has been practicing for over 25 years. He was one of the founding members of the Mindfulness and Meditation Community in LBG 3 years ago which now boasts over 2500 members.
  • Marie Drake
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    Ask Me Anything: Performance Testing 101 with Marie Drake
    Marie Drake
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Performance Testing 101 with Marie Drake

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask the speaker those burning questions you got from their workshop, talk, activity or challenge. Or just come in and say hi!

    Speaker

    Marie Drake
    Marie Drake
    Quality Engineering Manager
    Marie Drake is currently a Quality Engineering Manager at Zoopla. She likes to share her knowledge about test automation and mentors engineers with the goal that quality is everyone's responsibility. She is a tech blogger at mariedrake.com, an accessibility advocate, a Cypress Ambassador. She is also an online course instructor at Ministry of Testing and Test Automation University.
  • Robbie Falck
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    Ask Me Anything: Visual Ways of Working with Robbie Falck
    Robbie Falck
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Visual Ways of Working with Robbie Falck

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask the speaker those burning questions you got from their workshop, talk, activity or challenge. Or just come in and say hi!

    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.
  • Conor Fitzgerald
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    Ask Me Anything: Meetups with Conor Fitzgerald (Cork Meetup) Day 2
    Conor Fitzgerald
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Meetups with Conor Fitzgerald (Cork Meetup) Day 2

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar.

    In this session, you'll be able to meet Conor and ask him anything about the famous Cork Meetup. What it takes to run a Meetup, what's a Meetup group, how does it contribute to your career, etc.

    Speaker

    Conor Fitzgerald
    Conor Fitzgerald
    Engineering Manager - Quality
    Conor Fitzgerald is a Quality Advocate with over 15 years of experience. He is passionate about whole team testing and working with teams on quality improvements. Currently, he is working as an Engineering Manager(Quality) for Poppulo| FWI in Cork, Ireland. He has spoken at a number of conferences in recent years, including SoftTestDublin, TestBash, OnlineTestConf, AgileLeanInternational, and RebelCon. Conor is an active member of the test community and is a Co-Founder of the Ministry of Testing Cork. Previous positions included Test Consultant, Test Lead/Manager, and Automation focused roles. These positions were held in a wide variety of industries from embedded systems to financial systems with companies ranging from startups to large multinationals such as Intel. Occasionally blogs here at conorfi.com and frequently tweets at @conorfi.
  • Lewis Prescott
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    Ask Me Anything: User Driven Test Reports with Lewis Prescott
    Lewis Prescott
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: User Driven Test Reports with Lewis Prescott

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask the speaker those burning questions you got from their workshop, talk, activity or challenge. Or just come in and say hi!

    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.
  • Gareth Waterhouse
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    Ask Me Anything: Storytelling as a Tester with Gareth Waterhouse
    Gareth Waterhouse
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Storytelling as a Tester with Gareth Waterhouse

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask the speaker those burning questions you got from their workshop, talk, activity or challenge. Or just come in and say hi!

    Speaker

    Gareth Waterhouse
    Gareth Waterhouse
    Principal Test Engineer
    Seasoned Tester with over a decade of experience, father of two and Sunderland fan (please don't hold that against me). Always looking at ways to develop others. Regularly blog about things that I think may be of interest.
  • Dan Ashby
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    Ask Me Anything: SDLC with Dan Ashby
    Dan Ashby
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: SDLC with Dan Ashby

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask the speaker those burning questions you got from their workshop, talk, activity or challenge. Or just come in and say hi!

    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)!
  • Hilary Weaver-Robb
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    Ask Me Anything: Meetups with Hilary Weaver-Robb (Detroit Meetup) - Day 2
    Hilary Weaver-Robb
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Meetups with Hilary Weaver-Robb (Detroit Meetup) - Day 2

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar.

    In this session, you'll be able to meet Hilary and ask her anything about the famous Detroit Meetup. What it takes to run a Meetup, what's a Meetup group, how does it contribute to your career, etc.

    Speaker

    Hilary Weaver-Robb
    Hilary Weaver-Robb
    Sr. Software Engineer (in Test)
    Hilary Weaver-Robb is a Sr. Software Engineer (in Test) near Detroit. She is a mentor to her fellow testers, makes friends with developers, and focuses a lot on API testing, and diving into the code as a tester. Hilary has always been passionate about improving the relationships between developers and testers, and evangelizes software testing as a rewarding, viable career. She runs the Motor City Software Testers user group, working to build a community of quality advocates. Hilary tweets (a lot) as @g33klady, and you can find her thoughts and experiences in the testing world, at g33klady.com.
  • Lena Wiberg
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    Ask Me Anything: Would Heu-risk It? with Lena Wiberg
    Lena Wiberg
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Would Heu-risk It? with Lena Wiberg

    When

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask the speaker those burning questions you got from their workshop, talk, activity or challenge. Or just come in and say hi!

    Speaker

    Lena Wiberg
    Lena Wiberg
    Engineering manager, Author and Public Speaker
    Lena has been building software since 1999. After a decade of coding they found their heart in testing and that is close to their heart even today when they focus on building organisations and growing people rather than the software itself. Continuous improvement is a core value and they believe we should all strive to keep up to date and challenge ourselves, our assumptions and the way things are done. Lena is the author and creator of "Would Heu-risk it?" (card deck and book), avid blogger, speaker and workshop facilitator. On top of that, Lena combines skills learned through the years in their day job as Engineering Manager. Lena lives outside of Stockholm, Sweden with teenage kids, partner and way too much games, sewing machines and books.
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    Ask Me Anything: Sauce Labs - Day 2
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Sauce Labs - Day 2

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask our awesome sponsors those burning questions you got from the activity or challenge, or just come in and say hi!

  • Nithin SS
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    Ask Me Anything: Hidden Logic of Thinking for Testers with Nithin SS
    Nithin SS
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Hidden Logic of Thinking for Testers with Nithin SS

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    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask the speaker those burning questions you got from their workshop, talk, activity or challenge. Or just come in and say hi!

    Speaker

    Nithin SS
    Nithin SS
    Engineering Manager, QA
    Nithin is the founder of Synapse QA, a community space of test automation professionals and software quality advocates. He has nearly a decade of experience in the IT field with a focus on test automation delivery of web and mobile-based applications. Nithin actively runs test automation workshops, helps other professionals share their thoughts and knowledge in the Synapse QA community, and works as Engineering Manager, QA at Fave.
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    Ask Me Anything: Virtuoso - Day 2
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Virtuoso - Day 2

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    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask our awesome sponsors those burning questions you got from the activity or challenge, or just come in and say hi!

  • Arlemi Turpault
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    Ask Me Anything: Postman with Arlemi Turpault - Day 2
    Arlemi Turpault
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Postman with Arlemi Turpault - Day 2

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    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask our awesome sponsors those burning questions you got from activity, challenge, or just come in and say hi!

    Speaker

    Arlemi Turpault
    Arlemi Turpault
    Head of Advocacy
    Senior developer advocate at Postman, the API platform. I started my career as a software engineer working on various types of projects - from mobile applications to research and development for Augmented Reality solutions. I then naturally turned to developer relations as a strong advocate for great user experiences and access to knowledge.
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    Ask Me Anything: useMango - Day 2
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: useMango - Day 2

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask our awesome sponsors those burning questions you got from the activity or challenge, or just come in and say hi

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    Ask Me Anything: Meetups with Petros Plakogiannis (Athens Meetup) Day 2
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Meetups with Petros Plakogiannis (Athens Meetup) Day 2

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    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar.

    In this session, you'll be able to meet Petros and ask him anything about the famous Athens Meetup. What it takes to run a Meetup, what's a Meetup group, how does it contribute to your career, etc.

  • Thomas Shipley
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    Ask Me Anything: Global Logic with Thomas Shipley - Day 2
    Thomas Shipley
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Global Logic with Thomas Shipley - Day 2

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    Ask Me Anything

    Topics

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask our awesome sponsors those burning questions you got from the activity or challenge, or just come in and say hi!

    Speaker

    Thomas Shipley
    Thomas Shipley
    Head of QA @ GlobalLogic
    Hi. I am Thomas Shipley and I work in Quality Advocacy. My career is focused on understanding what others in a team are doing. The impact of planned work, managing the expectations of stakeholders and analysing development changes. By asking questions of a team I can better understand the impacts of these changes. Understanding more I begin to coach teams. Sharing my expertise in testing with the team so they can start thinking more like testers themselves. I mentor, pair, persuade and promote towards my goal of shared quality ownership. Sometimes this is challenging but often worth it!
  • Louise Gibbs
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    Ask Me Anything: Exploratory Accessibility Testing with Louise Gibbs
    Louise Gibbs
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Exploratory Accessibility Testing with Louise Gibbs

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    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask the speaker those burning questions you got from their workshop, talk, activity or challenge. Or just come in and say hi!

    Speaker

    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.
  • Stuart Day
  • Vernon Richards
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    Ask Me Anything: Quality Coaching with Vernon Richards & Stuart Day
    Stuart Day, Vernon Richards
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Quality Coaching with Vernon Richards & Stuart Day

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask the speaker those burning questions you got from their workshop, talk, activity or challenge. Or just come in and say hi!

    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.
  • Christian Baumann
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    Ask Me Anything: Test Automation with Christian Baumann
    Christian Baumann
    Ask Me Anything

    Ask Me Anything: Test Automation with Christian Baumann

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    What

    Ask Me Anything

    Description

    The AMAs will be happening in the Circle Bar and each session will be split into three 20-minute sessions.

    This is your opportunity to ask the speaker those burning questions you got from their workshop, talk, activity or challenge. Or just come in and say hi!

    Speaker

    Christian Baumann
    Christian Baumann
    Principal Software Tester
    Christian is a principal software tester with 15+ years of experience in the field. He has successfully held different roles in the context of testing: Test Automation Engineer, Agile Tester, Test Team Lead, Test Project Manager and Exploratory/ Functional/ Manual Tester. During his career he worked with various test (automation) tools such as Cucumber, Selenium, Watir and others using programming languages like Java, Ruby and C#, but also applied certain development/ testing methodologies such as Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) and Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD). Furthermore he successfully applied different manual testing techniques, such as Agile Testing, Rapid Software Testing (RST), Black Box Software Testing (BBST), Exploratory Testing (ET) and Session Based Test Management (SBTM) or ISTQB. Christian is strongly driven by his context, always searching for the best fitting solution for a given situation. He´s able to understand business´ and people´s problems, and is always eager to learn and improve himself, while staying curios, open minded and willing to share his knowledge.

    Reflecting on our work, our strengths and weak points can be intimidating, but it’s the way we grow and become better.

    Venue

    The Lowry Theatre
    Pier 8, The Quays
    Salford
    Manchester
    M50 3AZ
    GB

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    Frequently Asked Questions

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