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TestBash World is set to be the biggest and most inclusive software testing conference in 2022. In true MoT style, we’ve gone big and bold as we continue to push the boundaries of what online conferences look like. 

For this new event, we’ve smashed the groundbreaking 24-hour conference, TestBash Home, with our global meetup network to bring to you TestBash World. This innovative conference will run for a full 24 hours over the 22nd and 23rd of June and is free for all to attend

With TestBash World, you can join from the comfort of your own home, attend a local meetup or even set up your own watch party! This means that even more members of the community can get involved and enjoy the TestBash experience.

Our estimates suggest there will be over 2,000 members of our active community joining TestBash World. And, with multiple ways for you to learn, engage and have shared experiences with the community during the event; we know it’s going to be an incredible TestBash for everyone. 

So why not join them? With TestBash World following our successful 24-hour format, you’ll be able to attend the conference live no matter where you are in the world. Register to attend below. You may also have the opportunity to learn with others at a local Meetup if there's one close to you. Check here all the Meetup groups around the world. No Meetup near you? Then why not set up your own Watch Party below.


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We often hear success stories about shifting QA left; to have the mindset of preventing bugs rather than finding bugs, or that the entire product team is responsible for quality. I’ve always found them inspiring, so when I was given the opportunity to lead and define how we do QA at my company, an expanding startup with a growing engineering team, I set out on the journey to experience for myself this utopia where QA isn’t just about gatekeeping.
Four years later at my company, we no longer perform full manual regression tests before every release but are now deploying to production dozens of times a day without the need for human gatekeepers.
In this talk let me take you through our journey towards that utopia, what happened along the way, and how I battled between the desire for shared ownership of quality and the reassurance from hands-on QA testing before releases that is deeply embedded in me, because that’s just what’s expected of QA folks. A QA that doesn’t do any testing before releases, or sometimes even new features? What am I here for then?
This is a real story of how it unfolded. It is not a perfect journey, but it is ours.


  • Hear about a real story of how QA stopped being the gatekeepers
  • How to let go of doing what we have been taught our entire careers
  • Learn about ways of working to enable frequent releases while still having a quality product
  • Inspire you at least a little to take small steps towards a bigger goal
Francis Ho
Francis Ho is the Quality Engineering Lead at Auror, a startup that helps prevent retail crime, reduce loss and making stores safer. They work with some of the largest retailer in the regions, e.g. Walmart, Coles, Woolworths. Francis has previously worked in companies of varying size and many sectors, from Healthcare to Fintech to Big data and now Retail Crime. He is passionate about creating a work environment that allows people to do their best work, and he loves building software that brings a positive impact to the society. He joined his current company in hopes of finding a different way of working than what he has previously done. Francis lives in New Zealand, home of the Hobbits. In his spare time, he is busy exploring with his two years old son and listening to baby shark on repeat.
When looking to break into the technology industry, non-tech persons can be the secret weapon for a tech company because we bring different perspectives and skills to the team which can have a positive impact on the product. 
In this talk, I will share my transition journey from Designer to Business Admin to Software Tester, identify transitional skills from design and business admin to testing as well as provide a guide on how the transferable non-technical and technical skills can be applied to software testing.


  • Identify the top transitional skills from Design and Business to Software Testing
  • Be prepared to use these transitional skills to improve software quality
  • How designers and management team members can impact software quality
Brittany Stewart
I am a Senior QA Consultant at QualityWorks. As a Certified Tester (CTFL) with over 3 years of experience in software testing, I have successfully led and participated in testing projects that span across multiple industries. I help organizations improve and execute test strategies for both web and mobile applications.

One day, just a few months into my career change, I found out that I have a condition that makes me more than a bit dozy. A real quality of life killer. Now, I liked what I’d only just been starting to do full-time and wanted to keep on doing it. So I got really into learning about testability because it seemed like the answer to my question: How could I get more testing done in the same amount of time, just as thoroughly?

Throughout my time so far as a tester, I have been compiling a list of testability methods that can make that happen, wherever I’ve found them. What does testability look like in practice? In this talk, I answer that question. I’ll share with you these testability methods, and show you where they fit into the testability aspects. My focus will be on methods that can make exploratory testing easier, by making many of the variables of and surrounding the software under test easier to change, and easier to observe.

Why? Because better testability makes for better testing. The hassle of test environment setup can cause over-familiarity, and I think it’s better to test deliberately. Why do we like having new starters run amok? They see things we’ve stopped seeing. With better testability, you can combine first-day energy with long-timer context. Of course, there are trade-offs, and there’ll be a brief discussion on that. By the end of my talk, you’ll be able to improve your testing by learning more ways you could make your software testable, and consider which ones to try.


  • There are so many ways to make software more testable
  • Testing can be efficient, enjoyable, and thorough
  • Trade offs to think about during method selection
Ashley Graf
A former marketer and eCommerce coordinator turned software tester, Ashley has worked in QA for the last few years at a startup, a few consultancies, and a big corp. She enjoys using her analytics skills and marketing background to translate testing concepts for new audiences. Fun fact! The first thing she ever tested was the batteries on a solar-electric race car. Ashley has worked in projects across healthcare, energy, education, financial services, and food & beverage for companies of various sizes.
Shall we play a game? Love to!

In this session, we'll explore "the game of testing" - putting a simple website through its paces as we test it.

The game is a simple guessing game - the computer will roll two dice, and you need to guess the answer correctly.  What could go wrong? Hold that thought!

The game functions as a model of testing, and at the end of it, we'll have made some revelations on items we need to factor in when testing at work.

I make a bold claim, there's one important lesson you'll learn which, if it's the only thing you learn at the conference, will be worth your price of admission!


  • How you actually describe a problem to the rest of your team and how to explain it
Mike Talks
Mike Talks works in Wellington, shaping testing approaches for a number of projects. He loves strategy in all shapes and sizes, having helped to deliver all shapes and size of project. However, challenge him to a game of chess, and he might need clarification of "how does the horsey move again?".
First names don't exist.  Timezones are imaginary.  Addresses are a nightmare.
Every day our systems gather and process information about our customers: Demographic data.  Every day, we screw up.  These screwups can result in anything from irritating data-entry quirks to full-on system meltdowns.  Let alone how it makes our users feel!  How would you like a computer telling you, "your name makes my processor hurt; choose something 'better'"?
I'm going to run you through some of the many ways in which testers, developers and systems designers get demographic data wrong.  We'll burn down our assumptions about what's "Correct" in names, timezones, addresses and more, one after another, leaving us with a smoking heap of despair.  Our test data will be rent asunder.  Our schemas will weep.
But what kind of Engineer would I be if I only left you there?!  We can rebuild: We have the technology!  We'll see some practical suggestions for building flexible data schemas and learn how to craft clever tests that force system designers to account for reality.
We're Engineers.  We apply Science and Math to the improvement of Humanity.  So let's make sure we include humanity when we do it.  Enough with the lies!


  • Testers will be able to identify biases in their test data and their own understanding of the need for certain features
  • They will be more equipped to create diverse, inclusive tests and help their teams engineer higher quality products
  • They will have concrete examples to use when arguing for better data architecture
Dylan Lacey
G'day! I'm Dylan, and I love to solve problems, help people, hold opinions, make things, and the oxford comma. Usually, I do this with computers, although sometimes a kitchen and, on one memorable occasion, 120'000 bees. I've been Engineering the Softwares for over 17 years; My very first job as a baby engineer had me setting up a Selenium grid and bullying browsers into submission. I've built an Uber competitor (it failed), multiple teams (they didn't), and a dozen or so Open Source projects (they're... mixed.). Oh, and did I mention the bees? For the past 10 years, I've been fixing Appium problems, dispensing Selenium advice and resetting passwords at Sauce Labs. As the Manager of Developer Relations, I love working to help developers provide digital confidence to their companies and customers.
In this talk you will be taken down the journey of how a central test automation team is responsible for:
  • producing and maintaining an automation framework
  • helping define the standards and tools
  • evangelising and training testers and teams
  • contributing to the pipeline definition

... was converted into a full-blown SRE team.

How was the shift to such a different position, what were the challenges, the learning paths, the strategies and also why we did the change?

With DevOps practices rising what are the benefits of making this change in a growing company that cannot stop delivering value.

Come and learn how did we solve the huge gap of knowledge, the strategies and approaches we have implemented, the mentality shift needed, the adjustments made to perform a gradual change, the bi-directional learning needed and the alignment from top to bottom for the change to happen and what was the impact of such a change in the team.

If you are thinking of doing such a change or are just curious to know how it has ended come and join me!


  • Learn the difference between SDET and SRE
  • Identify and understand challenges of transitioning to an SRE role
  • Discover different strategies to address those challenges
  • Realise that there is no such thing as a DevOps team!
Cristiano Cunha
Cristiano Cunha is a Solution Architect & Test Advocate in Xray Team. He is passionate about testing, automation and delivery process improvement. He started his career as a developer and evolved to be a tester, passing through an Infrastructure position along the way, always learning different ways to enhance the process, either technically or focusing in soft skills. His career path, having been on all sides of the trenches, provided him with a unique view of the process and the challenges it puts forward. He also writes in his blog: https://cristianomcunha.com/ and has contributed to several test automation tutorials. Cristiano has already talked in several conferences such as: ExpoQA, PortoTechHub, Workshops in Ministry of Testing and Testing Portugal. He also participates in several meetups and other events.
In a fast-changing tech world, there is one thing that commonly stays the same for years or even decades: the system that holds the data. This data is often one of the most important assets of a business and it’s critical to keep it safe and in good condition.
In this highly entertaining, light-hearted talk, I want to show you that it’s not only viable but also a lot of fun to do this directly at the database level!
Join me on a journey to the infamous Death Star, where the Galactic Empire runs the Imperial Database™ with all the expectable problems of a complex, long-running software system.
It has survived numerous iterations of different frontend systems - and we are suddenly responsible to ensure the stability and reliability of the data, while constantly dealing with new changes and features.
We will quickly learn that there are some special challenges when testing in relational databases, and meeting a real Sith Lord face-to-face is only one of them. On the other hand, we will also learn about new friends and use practical examples to answer a number of questions:
  • What can we test for in a database on a high and low level?
  • How can we introduce automated tests to a database?
  • And what are these ancient relational force techniques that can be used to prevent errors before they appear?
While the Imperial Database™ runs on Oracle, all of the examples will be presented in a way that is adaptable to other relational databases.
Having beginner-knowledge about SQL is beneficial for attendees.


  • What can be (automatically) tested for in a database on a high and low level
  • How can automated tests be introduced to a database
  • How can core features of relational databases be leveraged to help us with test data setup and cleanup
  • How can the relational model help with ensuring data quality
Samuel Nitsche
Samuel Nitsche is a curiosity-driven software developer who programs, learns and collaborates in the software trade since the early 2000s. He works as Senior Software Developer and trainer at Smart Enterprise Solutions GmbH. His main interest is on modern database development, automated testing and code quality, topics he writes regularly about on different platforms (e.g. his blog https://developer-sam.de, Simple-Talk and several Oracle-related print magazines). He is an Oracle ACE, one of the main contributors and maintainers of utPLSQL (http://utplsql.org) and loves to share his experience in an entertaining way - gladly in Sith robes - at meetups and conferences.
I have interviewed 300 top engineering teams, such as teams at Airbnb, Intercom, and Snyk, to learn how they manage technical debt. In the talks, I’ll share my learnings: tactics, processes, and tools to use when dealing with small, medium, and large pieces of tech debt.
You can apply these principles regardless of your company's stage, size, business priorities, and culture.


  • What is tech debt and why it is a thing
  • What we learned from Martin Fowler’s Technical Debt Quadrant
  • How to create your tech debt management strategy
  • The one cultural characteristic for a healthy codebase
  • How to create & think about your tech debt budget
  • How to deal with all sized debts
  • Tech debt myths to debunk
  • Why should Engineers and Testers bother managing technical debt properly
Alex Omeyer
Alexandre Omeyer is a Co-founder & CEO at Stepsize, he spends most of his time speaking to the best software development teams in the world about how they handle technical debt and sharing this knowledge with the community.

Learning has always been a tough road for many. Yet, it is the most important skill for a tester.

As children, we all used to enjoy learning as it was filled with excitement, games, and fun. We want to share some interesting games that have helped us to sharpen our testing skills.

These games have a huge potential in the way teams approach learning.


  • Learn ways to increase bonding between team members
  • Learning can be fun and exciting if approached with gamification
  • Testing is about exploring things, and so are games
  • Uncover my hidden biases and learn how to overcome them
Ajay Balamurugadas
Ajay Balamurugadas, goes by the handle ‘ajay184f’ in the testing community and is continuously re-inventing his testing methodology. He co-founded Weekend Testing - a worldwide movement for skilled testing, authored multiple books available at bit.ly/booksaj and bit.ly/ajleanpub. His friends associate the terms - ‘Change Agent, Idea Man, Motivational’ to him. He tweets under @ajay184f and loves to have long conversations on software testing and life in general. He is currently working at GSPANN Technologies, Inc. as Senior Director - QE. When not testing, he spends time with his wife and two children.
Rahul Parwal
Rahul is a Software Engineer by education and works as a Senior Software Engineer with ifm engineering pvt. ltd., India. He is a Software Tester by trade, Programmer by practice, and a Mythology lover by heart. His latest e-book is available at https://leanpub.com/productivitytoolkit
Chatbots are one of the most widely adopted AI/ML implementations in the business sector and are widely used as a personal assistant, customer service, HR, sales and marketing.
As the chatbots, users do not have any barriers and due to the unpredictable user behaviour, it becomes utmost difficulty to verify the correctness on the output. 
Based on customer proximity and the enormous number of people a chatbot could reach, quality assurance in this area is becoming very important. 

Through our talk, we would be covering all essential aspects to get you started with chatbot testing, its benefits, challenges, industry use-cases and a demo.


  • Understand the technologies used to build Chatbots and how they make them different from other applications for testing
  • Begin with ChatBot testing
  • Test Strategy for chatbots
  • Tools for testing Chatbots
Mahathee Dandibhotla
I'm Mahathee and I work as Senior Engineering Lead Quality at Persistent Systems Hyderabad, India. Apart from work, I'm a fun loving person. I love to bake, spend time with my family. I also volunteer at The Test Tribe and love interacting with people. I'm passionate, curious, and intrinsically motivated and always put my best foot forward in whatever I do. I also love reading books which are mostly motivational and have a good story telling in them.
Anindita Rath
Anindita is currently working as a Sr QA engineer with CRISIL . Her Curiosity to learn and know more about a software led her to be a tester by profession. She is always Excited and happy to explore and learn new things.
Sometimes we find ourselves at points of no progress in our professional careers. We do not recognize ourselves in the work we do in our day-to-day lives. We are not happy doing tasks to which we dedicate a large part of our lives.
It was at that point that I decided to take charge of the situation and seek a change. I was willing to face being uncomfortable and all the consequences of leaving the safe environment in which I found myself.
In this talk, I will tell you about my journey from being a Testing Manager to returning to my origins as a Tester, in a profession that has changed so much in the last 15 years. It has not only meant changing companies but also working in a language that is not my mother tongue.
I will explain to you how I identified my goal, made my plan, the tools I used to gain access to technical positions and I will share everything I learned in the course of the interviews I did.
Those who listen to me will obtain tools to identify their own path, tricks to better cope with interviews, and, above all, an example with which they will identify and serve as inspiration.


  • The value of your community
  • Feeling uncomfortable makes you grow - Only by having the courage to face situations that make you feel uncomfortable can you grow
  • Plan, do, fail, learn - It is the old recipe that continues to work, with a special focus on the learning obtained and how valuable it is to share what has been learned with others
Julia Duran
I love asking questions and I have managed to get paid for it ;). Continuous learning!
Most testing and development organizations approach their manual and automated testing efforts independently. What’s more, when you look closer at them, you notice that even within their automation efforts they are using a number of different testing frameworks, running independently and without much thought around coordination, coverage overlaps or functional dependencies.
This needs to change! We’re wasting efforts and confusing our stakeholders (& even ourselves) with these dispersed and sometimes seemingly contradictory results. We need an approach to coordinate the planning, designing, execution, and reporting of our complete testing process, to achieve better visibility and make more accurate decisions faster.
This can be achieved by implementing the Test Orchestration Methodology. Where each part of the testing process “plays” independently based on its needs and tools, and when grouping them all together, you get a more complete and valuable set of results for your organization, based on the coordinated synergies of the different parts.
During the session we will review how to implement and adapt the Orchestration approach to your organization and your process.



  • Understand the main reasons why the communication between testers and developers is sometimes broken
  • Learn new approaches in order to improve this communication channel
  • Learn how to foster the collaboration between devs and testers
Joel Montvelisky
Joel has been in testing and QA since 1997, working as a tester, QA Manager and Director, and a Consultant for companies in Israel, the US and the EU. Joel is a Forbes council member, a blogger with the QA Intelligence Blog, and is constantly imparting webinars on a number of testing and Quality Related topics. In addition, Joel is the founder and Chair of the OnlineTestConf, the co-founder of the State of Testing survey and report and a Director at the Association of Software Testing. Joel is a conference speaker, presenting in various conferences and forums worldwide, among them the STAR Conferences, STPCon, JaSST, TestLeadership Conf, CAST, QA&Test, and more.
Are you interested in creating Test plans for your epics, features, user stories? Are you looking for ideas to link them all together, make some sense to get a big picture and also have the capability to drill down to find details when needed? If yes, then this talk might be useful to you.
In this Agile world where change is quite constant, test planning and how we test need to keep up with the pace. The age of detailed documentation is also gone.
We need something that is concise and precise, to help us understand the main customer journeys and offer collaboration ideas between various stakeholders. Test planning through mind maps is a way to cater for all these and much more!


  • The transformation of Agile Test plans and how they can be lightweight
  • Practical example of the various levels of test plans, how to link them together and get a living documentation out of them
  • Some limitations to the aware of and how to navigate through them
Kiruthika Ganesan
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.
In this session, I’ll share my own experiences from writing over the past year.
I’ll talk about my motivations, how I got started, and the benefits I’ve seen so far. I’m not a regular publisher of content, unlike some people I truly admire. I am early in my writing journey, and still figuring things out. I’m certain some of you have considered writing before, and like me, have decided against it for your own reasons. I hope that by sharing my story, I can inspire some of you to give it a try. You have stories worth sharing.


  • Reasons to write
  • How to get started
  • The short and long term benefits for you and your career
Aaron Flynn
I'm a Senior SDET at Brightpearl, embedded in a delivery team and working with the wider SDET guild. We support our merchants with selling their goods and services, and integrate with major E-commerce companies, e.g. Amazon, Shopify, Ebay. I've worked across the UK and Ireland with different companies. Ranging from testing self service tills for supermarket chains, to building public services in the UK Civil service. I currently find myself drawn towards Quality Engineering and Test Coaching activities. I am passionate about communities of practice. I believe that a strong, engaged community is the best way to support and develop a practice and its members. This naturally has led me to the Ministry of Testing(MoT) community. I've written for MoT, and publish blogs on my personal site. Feel free to check it out for more about me and what I've been up to.

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