99-Second Talks

15th December 2023
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  • Gwen Diagram's profile
  • Caleb Crandall's profile
  • Ben Dowen's profile
  • Al Goodall's profile
  • Richard Adams's profile
  • Roshni Rajan's profile
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Talk 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, or an idea sparked by all the amazing talks, workshops, activities and conversations you've had for the past two days... the stage is yours, for 99 seconds!

This is also a great opportunity for you to kick-start your public speaking experience and/or give it a boost.
Our well-known hosts Gwen Diagram and Tristan Lombard (AKA Stage Mom), introduced community members on stage. 

Once the time's up, a noise is heard and that's it: time's up!

What you’ll learn

By the end of this talk, you'll be able to:

  • Introduction to public speaking
  • Learn from fellow community members
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Mark Winteringham

Tester, Toolsmith, Author and Instructor

Mark Winteringham is a tester, toolsmith and author of AI-Assisted Testing and Testing Web APIs, with over ten years of 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, 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
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Gwen Diagram

Head of Engineering

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

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

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

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Caleb Crandall

Senior Software Engineer in Test

Caleb is a Software Engineer in Test and Scrum Master at Beckman Coulter Life Sciences. He earned his group's "Certified Biomek Engineer" badge of honor while still an intern (i.e. causing an epic hardware crash) and has been hooked on testing ever since. Caleb has been helping develop and test medical and research devices for over 11 years, and is now focused on improving and streamlining testing efforts at every stage of the design, development, and release process. He enjoys getting his hands dirty running hardware out in the development lab, and still keeps a pile of broken hardware "trophies" on his desk.
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Ben Dowen

Senior Quality Engineer

Working professionally in Software Testing for over 11 years I've had the pleasure of working on a range of different software. From enterprise infrastructure and virtualization, web and mobile apps, and more than one back-end service. I like to think I understand how software is built and where it lives, and this helps give me confidence when exploring and identifying risks. I believe delivering software is a team sport, that involves strong collaboration between different people who bring their own skills and experience. It's this belief that leads me to focus on collaborative testing techniques, such as pairing and ensemble exploration.
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Al Goodall

Quality Manager

I have been working in the software quality space for over 20 years at Workforce Software starting as a software tester and now heading up the quality discipline for a domain. In my spare time I like to run and I have a collection of first editions by Craig Thomas, Tom Clancy, and John le Carré.
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Richard Adams

Senior Quality 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.
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Roshni Rajan

MIS Tester

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