Our last TestBashX of the year is taking the stage in Buckinghamshire, or Bucks, as we like to call it to make it easier, on the 14th of October 2022.

The venue has been confirmed: the stunning DoubleTree by Hilton in Milton Keynes, just a few minutes drive or 30 minutes walk from Bletchley Park!

Super Early Bird Tickets are now available for £75 and the conference is limited to 100 attendees, so make sure you get yours as soon as possible so you don't miss out on the last in-person TestBash of 2022!

What Happened

Select a session to learn more about it.

  • Richard Adams
  • Let’s Go Threat Modelling
    Richard Adams
    Talk

    Let’s Go Threat Modelling

    What

    Talk

    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 Test 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 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 modelling. I also get free training on all things security! Out of work I love gaming and carrying on my interest in threat modelling, I have also created a card game called Threat Agents.
  • Arlemi Turpault
  • API Testing and Automation with Postman
    Arlemi Turpault
    Activity

    API Testing and Automation with Postman

    What

    Activity

    Description

    In this session you will try out a variety of tests in Postman, demonstrating how you can build robust test suites for your APIs.

    You'll author some test scripts, automate tests, and dynamically control workflows using the collection runner and scheduled monitors - and if you’re still hungry for more you’ll experiment with the CLI collection runner Newman!

    What you'll learn in more depth:

    • Author scripts to test API request responses.
    • Run collections via the collection runner in Postman and/or on the command line using Newman.
    • Control the flow of request execution via scripting.
    • Use scripts and variables to pass data between requests.
    • Use dynamic variables and/or mock servers to automate request data generation.
    • Set up monitors to observe API behaviour.

    Takeaways

    • Use Postman API test and automation workflows in their development and deployment pipeline

    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.
  • Ady Stokes
  • The Heuristic Challenge
    Ady Stokes
    Activity

    The Heuristic Challenge

    What

    Activity

    Description

    Where do you get your crazy ideas from? As testers we have a mental toolbox of test ideas, but how do we keep it fresh and expand it?

     

    In this activity, learners will come up with as many different test ideas as possible in a short frame of time. We’ll then learn how we can expand our ideas with heuristics to help us identify new ideas to expand our testing.

    Takeaways

    • Discover new heuristics to expand your testing abilities

    Speaker

    Ady Stokes
    Ady Stokes
    Quality Engineering Architect
    @A11y_Ady on Twitter. Passionate about accessibility, exploring and testing as part of the creation and development of software. I help teams build better software and I strongly believe in collaborative methods and using different thought techniques and people perspectives to look at things from many angles. Accessibility is about inclusion, not just disability. In my career I’ve been a Director. Test, BI and Logistics Manager. Tester, Test Engineer, QA and Site Lead Tester and any other value adding role required at the time. I have also taught, coached and mentored people throughout my career. My career highlight is creating the Software Tester Apprenticeship for the Coders Guild and training people to get their first role in IT through government sponsored free training courses based on my apprenticeship. I now have my own blog at The Big Test Theory.com sharing my thoughts, occasional poetry and my Periodic Table of Testing, a visual heuristic showing the breadth of the testing universe.
  • Mark Winteringham
  • Model and Test The Button
    Mark Winteringham
    Activity

    Model and Test The Button

    What

    Activity

    Description

    What would you do if you were presented with a system that has no clear inputs and outputs? How would you learn how the system works and how would you test it? One great place to start is by building a model of how the system works.

     

    For this activity, you’ll explore a device using a range of different questions and tools. What you learn will be used to create a visual representation of how the application works. So that you can pick the right testing approaches to learn more.

    Takeaways

    • Construct a model of an application to help guide testing

    Speaker

    Mark Winteringham
    Mark Winteringham
    OpsBoss
    Mark Winteringham is a tester, toolsmith and the Ministry of Testing OpsBoss with over 10 years experience providing testing expertise on award-winning projects across a wide range of technology sectors including BBC, Barclays, UK Government and Thomson Reuters. He is an advocate for modern risk-based testing practices and trains teams in Automation in Testing, Behaviour Driven Development and Exploratory testing techniques. He is also the co-founder of Ministry of Testing Essentials a community raising awareness of careers in testing and improving testing education. You can find him on Twitter @2bittester or at mwtestconsultancy.co.uk / automationintesting.com
  • Suman Bala
  • Test Team Roulette - Choose your Ideal Candidate!
    Suman Bala
    Activity

    Test Team Roulette - Choose your Ideal Candidate!

    What

    Activity

    Description

    If you could have any person join your team to help you succeed who would they be? What would they be like? and what skills would they have?

     

    In this activity, learners are asked to work together to put together a testing role that would describe their ideal candidate to hire. By working together and empathising with different perspectives we'll learn how to find the right person for the job.

    Takeaways

    • Collaborate with others to find the right candidates to join your team

    Speaker

    Suman Bala
    Suman Bala
    Test Architect
    Suman Bala is a Test Architect with a passion for improvement in quality processes and is a strong believer in Test Automation. She feels proud of how people’s perspective has changed regarding testing throughout her career. She is striving to instil the idea that quality is everyone’s responsibility as opposed to merely laying it at the feet of QA. She is a co-organiser for the Ministry of Testing Bucks meet-up. She is a mentor and coach at work and within the wider testing community. She is co-designing and delivering the “Software Testing Bootcamp” sponsored by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
  • Richard Adams
  • Let's Go Threat Modelling!
    Richard Adams
    Activity

    Let's Go Threat Modelling!

    What

    Activity

    Description

    Curated by Richard Adams

    This activity is an opportunity to learn how to adopt threat modelling and what a session might look like, using Richard Adams’s card game. The goal is to show you how Threat Modelling works and also that threat modelling isn't for security engineers or lead developers. If anything, the tester mindset gives us the advantage.

    Instructions:

    1. Pick up the “Threat Model” and “Threat Modelling Table” handouts that accompany this activity.

    2. Go through each of the “Threat Agent” entries in the “Threat Modelling” table and identify a type of attack that might be carried out for each one.

    For example, for Denial of Service, we could suggest that a DDOS attack in which a Web API is flooded with requests might be an attack to be concerned about.

    Tip: Find resources online or discuss with one another what each of the threat types are and what types of attacks might be connected to them.

    Wrap-up:

    This activity shows how creating a model of a system and then applying the STRIDE mindset, can help us pick out potential threats. As testers we’re good at identifying risks and that skillset comes in handy when assessing for security threats, even if you might not know how to execute them.

    Resources:

    Takeaways

    • Visual models are a great way to spot security threats
    • The STRIDE mnemonic helps us break down each of the types of threats to our system
    • A threat might have many different types of attacks related to it

    Speaker

    Richard Adams
    Richard Adams
    Senior Test 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 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 modelling. I also get free training on all things security! Out of work I love gaming and carrying on my interest in threat modelling, I have also created a card game called Threat Agents.
  • Lee Marshall
  • Quality Jenga
    Lee Marshall
    Activity

    Quality Jenga

    What

    Activity

    Description

    How does culture, process and collaboration impact how we deliver software? How can we work together to better improve the quality of our products and the quality of our testing?

     

    In this activity, learners are given different roles and a task to create a Jenga tower. As we work to create a Jenga tower that doesn't fall over, we'll learn how collaboration is the key to success.

    Takeaways

    • Argue why collaboration is key to improving the quality of our products

    Speaker

    Lee Marshall
    Lee Marshall
    Pirate Tester
    A self-confessed pirate tester, Lee has been testing since 2012. Lee also runs a testing YouTube channel, sharing his ideas and experiences, as well as having other testers guest to share their own experiences. Outside of testing he is a husband, father, enjoys cooking and playing computer games.
  • Lee Marshall
  • How I Started as a Test Coach
    Lee Marshall
    Talk

    How I Started as a Test Coach

    What

    Talk

    Description

    Have you wanted to do more than planning & performing testing, by helping others in your team learn about testing?

    Were you unsure where you wanted to progress in your testing career, but knew what you didn’t want to do?

    Do you believe that testing is more than clicking buttons on a screen or running code?

    That was me.

    In this talk, I will share with you the journey of how I started to be a test coach.

    You will hear what worked for me, as well as what could have gone better.

    If you are considering a similar move in your career or didn’t even know it was an option for you, then join me as I walk you through my experiences.

    Takeaways

    • Understanding what a test coach is (and isn’t)
    • How being a test coach can help you, your team, and your workplace
    • Resources to help you start your own journey

    Speaker

    Lee Marshall
    Lee Marshall
    Pirate Tester
    A self-confessed pirate tester, Lee has been testing since 2012. Lee also runs a testing YouTube channel, sharing his ideas and experiences, as well as having other testers guest to share their own experiences. Outside of testing he is a husband, father, enjoys cooking and playing computer games.
    99-Second Talks
    99 Second Talks

    99-Second Talks

    What

    99 Second Talks

    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!

    The host 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!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What's With the X?

    The X stands for experience, which we know starts with an “E” but “X” sounded way cooler! The day will start and close with a talk and in between we'll have a learning carousel. 

    A learning carousel is an active, cooperative learning approach that involves groups of people moving around a space, visiting several learning stations and completing authentic collaborative tasks. Put simply, it’s loads of mini-workshops that you will complete with fellow testers.

    The TestBashX carousel will be made up of several learning stations with carefully crafted testing challenges and activities for you to complete in small groups. Each station will be run by a software testing expert and will focus on different testing topics. As an attendee, you'll then visit each station to ensure you get the most out of the day.

    Want to Sponsor TestBashX?

    Want to sponsor our warm down or one of our learning stations? There are only limited spaces available, contact us now via email to testbash@ministryoftesting.com for more information.

    So What Should I Expect?

    Two awesome talks from two accomplished speakers in the testing community.

    After the opening talk, you will be grouped up with fellow testers and you’ll stay in this group for the duration of the day. You'll move from table to table to complete interesting and exciting activities. We are confident you will learn just as much from your fellow testers as you will from the testing experts running the stations.

    At the end of the day, you’ll walk away brimming with new knowledge and skills that you can implement at your workplace. Have we mentioned yet there will be some prizes too? 🤫

    Do I Need to Bring a Laptop?

    No. All equipment for the activities will be provided by the station.

    What If I Don’t Want To Go Into a Random Team?

    Part of the goal of TestBash X is to meet new people and make new connections to help you with your learning long after the event has passed. It is also beneficial to learn from those that have an entirely different experience from you. TestBashX was designed around this. However, if you do not please let us know in advance if you want to pair with a friend or colleague.

    Where Can I Stay?

    As the conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Milton Keynes, this is the best and closest option if you're looking for somewhere to stay.

    If you want to stay at this hotel, we have secured a rate of £110 per day. To book a room at this rate, you can either call and quote AMTEST or online via this link.

    This rate is only available until the 30th of September 2022.


    There are also other accommodation options you can choose from: