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From Lean Startup to Intrapreneurial Testing – Maaret Pyhäjärvi

Experiments are tests to learn about your assumptions. In this talk, we look into lessons of a tester helping with relevant experiments in intrapreneurial setting: a startup environment within an established company.

We learn from discussions that take place allowing a thinking tester as far left as possible, before implementation: testing the user experience for features we need, testing the need of features to identify if what is asked for is worth building, and testing the elements of the business model to steer towards customer satisfaction and financial success.

This talk provides thinking tools and ideas for a tester to contribute in the opportunity space, before entering the implementation pipeline. Unleash the entrepreneurial talent of testers to boost innovation!

Maaret Pyhäjärvi is a tester extraordinaire specializing in breaking illusions about software through means of exploratory testing. She is a software specialist with soft spots for hands-on testing, helping teams grow and building successful products and businesses. She has been in software testing since 1997 in various roles and delivered talks to various conferences in Finland as well as internationally. See her blog at http://visible-quality.blogspot.fi

How We Created Delivery Teams Focused on Quality – Stuart Wright

Our company started the same way as most, a small room of engineers with no dedicated testing. Now it’s Scotland’s leading mobile consultancy that prides itself on the high quality of its apps with some of the lowest crash rates in the business.

But this didn’t happen overnight.

This is a case study (really more of a story) talking about how we managed to create cross functional delivery teams that are focused on quality and the processes in place to support them.

During the presentation I’ll talk about:

  • How the Quality Assurance dept. was created and how we sourced the best test analysts for the teams.
  • How we refined our processes over the years in the face of a rapidly expanding company and ever changing mobile technology to maintain focus on product quality.
  • How we ensured the test analysts are viewed as peers on the delivery teams and are involved at every stage in the project.
  • How we measure our success and how we plan to push forward the belief that quality is owned by everyone, not just the test analyst.

Stuart is the head of Quality Assurance for Kotikan, a mobile app consultancy based in Edinburgh that counts $billion valued companies Skyscanner and FanDuel amongst it’s clients. Stuart has been in testing for six years, drawn in by the glitz and glamour of games testing before making the shift to mobile apps.

Example of How to Hire a Tester – Jokin Aspiazu & Marta Garrido

In peerTransfer we are growing our dev team, this means that we needed to find out another tester.
In this talk we would like to explain how the process went.
  • How we come out with the offer
  • How we found candidates.
  • How was the interview process.
  • How the ramp up went, once we did the hiring.

We would like to give this talk between Jokin (The only tester until this happened) and Marta (The newly hired tester), sharing points of view from both sides.

Jokin has been around testing since 2007, and in this time, he managed to have a beer with Michael Larsen, dinner with Pradeep Soundararajan and coffee with Santhosh Tuppad, among others.

Marta has been testing since 2008, and after joining peerTransfer we are both the peerTransfer tester guild, or whatever we might be called.

First 100 Days as the Only and First Tester in a New Company – Kim Knup

Just over a year ago I was introduced into a company which had a successful product but no testing department. When I questioned how they test their product I got the following answers:

“We don’t have any testers. Our product owners and stakeholders do the manual testing and we have a vast suite of front end automation tests.”

The company was 6 years old at this point, had moved to their version of agile software development and the need for a fast feedback loop from the product owners and stakeholders was becoming apparent. However these individuals generally already had a full time job and could not attend stand-ups, reviews, planning meetings, let alone test the product.

In this talk I will share my experience as the first professional tester at this company; the steps I took to make the business understand that testing is a valuable commodity (not just an activity) that not anyone can do and how I started to establish and grow a test team.

Key Takeaways:

  • How I sold testing to the business – especially manual testing when “testing” had already been automated
  • How I enabled the development team and business to engage with testing – creating an internal testing community
  • How I established and grew a testing team

Kim is a manual functional tester and one of the co-organisers of the Brighton tester meet-up; #TestActually. Currently she works as the Test Lead at Crunch Accounting Ltd managing a small team of testers while being hands on as well.

Over the years she’s worked in linguistic games testing, and worked with big data archiving and asset management tools.  Her main interests are usability testing and using automation tools to aid manual exploratory testing.

Find her here: @punkmik and http://punkmiktests.blogspot.co.uk/.

Learning What Testing Is (A Story of my Own) – Guna Petrova

Projects and people come in all shapes, size and the purpose they aim to achieve. All have their unique quirks. The perspective on “what testing is” differs depending on the experience and knowledge gathered by the individual in the given moment in time. I’m not convinced that unified naming conventions will solve the problems of common understanding.

In this speech i want to tackle the different perspectives that a person had in past and what might contribute to it. I’d like to mention a few aspects and turning points that could help to recognize or even accept different perspective on matter at hand.

The key takeaway would be: Our understanding on what testing is will differ. And it’s okay. If we can remain respectful and dedicated to the needed end result, we still can get things done in spite the different opinions we have.

About Guna: I’m a tester and I like it, a lot. Testing is something I am still learning and this is just a beginning of my trip. The longer I’ve been in IT the longer list of things I want to learn and improve at gets. Outside of work i like to volunteer at Agile/Testing events. It’s fun but exhausting. That is why I also like walks in the parks and sleep. I have received support from testers around the world and I’m thankful to them. Next big target for me is to help my new team to turn a scary project into something helpful and usable.

The Secret Skill of Testers – Frank Fristred-Petersen

We talk alot about the skills needed to be a good tester, and at conferences we have new talks as the business changes and new skills are introduced or old ones reappear. As testers we are constantly chasing knowledge, to make sure we have the skillset needed to deliver out best effort and ensure the high quality.

But we neglect to talk about one of the most important skills when talking agile testing: communication. How we communicate with all the stakeholders is often key to how succesfull we are. So how come we do not discuss this skill more? What communication skills are needed, and how can we be better at it?

In this talk I will present my story. An introvert tester that has succeeded in this business because I figured out that in order to do my job as an agile tester, I needed to open up and communicate. By telling this story, I will hopefully give other testers som advice on how they can improve their communication skills. I do not presume to know all, and I am sure others are better at communicating than me, but hopefully I can start a discussion by telling my story and give my perspective on the ‘hidden’ skill of testers.  45 minutes      No      I started my career in the software business as a programmer in 1990, but have since changed track and I have worked with testing since 2001. I am ISEP Practicioner since 2007, and have worked with both waterfall and agile development.

About Frank: I started my career in the software business as a programmer in 1990, but have since changed track and I have worked with testing since 2001. I am ISEP Practitioner since 2007, and have worked with both waterfall and agile development.

In 2009 I started working for LEGO Digital as QA Lead for their online game LEGO Universe. That has since closed down, but I stayed at LEGO and is now QA Lead for the agile development teams we have (some locally here in Billund, Denmark, and others in India).

I have previously spoken at DSTB, a danish software testing conference, about the way we do agile testing at LEGO. I have also spoken at different testing communities here in Denmark on different subjects, all involving testing and is generally very fond of talking about testing.

Testing Lessons From Sketchnoting – Stephen Mounsey

Testing Lessons from sketch noting is a personal journey of how Stephen Mounsey found a better way to engage with everyday meetings/talks/presentations, remembering and making use of the content. We will quickly detail the technique, and get you sketch noting. Stephens journey will take in some of his favorite talks from 2015 covering such topics as: Continuous Delivery, Stand Ups, Organizational Change, Exploratory Testing and more. We will finish with some practical examples of how Stephen has used sketch noting and visualization in his day job. Including a performance test principles and practices cube, route to live documents and gamification of an environments scrum to great success.

Stephen Mounsey is a performance tester by trade but his real passion is visualization. Stephen has been a key player in various initiatives to transitioning to agile, dev ops, continuous delivery in his short career in development. Stephen will bring a passion and enthusiasm for the testing craft, expect to find Stephen sketch noting.

Dark Patterns – A Testers Quandary – Emma Keaveny

Have you ever found yourself downloading a tool bar you didn’t want?  How about suddenly receiving emails because you accidentally signed up for a mailing list? Possibly the worst yet, sent out invites to an application at your own expense? Well if you have, then you have been whacked with a Dark Pattern!  These patterns are designed to fool you, into applying or buying things you had no intention of getting.  In this presentation I will be going through the different types of dark patterns that are out there, how we should approach these as testers (is there a right way or a wrong way to deal with them), as well as covering some pros and cons on these controversial barely legal techniques that are used more frequently than you would think.

Emma Keaveny is an enthusiastic eager new Junior to testing.  After taking a career break from manufacturing she has found her footing within the testing movement.  For the last year she currently works for Interica on archive and retrieval software.  This can prove challenging at times having to learn and navigate around various operating systems and databases.  It is an ideal place to learn and hone in on new testing skills and tools that she has picked up and is enjoying every minute of it.  She is also co-organiser of BrighTest Actually, a Brighton based testing meetup where fellow testers get together either for a few drinks, games or some interesting talks.  Wherever Emma can get involved in testing you will see her there, always looking to improve her skill set, learning new techniques and trying them out.

New Adventures in Security Testing – Dan Billing

For me, being a tester is as much about learning new skills and ways of working as it is creating great products and services for customers as part of a great development team. After more than ten years as a tester, and a period where I really didn’t know where my career was going, I’d like to talk about how security testing has reinvigorated my love for testing by introducing me to new ideas, techniques and possibilities. I’d also like to demonstrate how I approach security testing in my day to day work, making what appears to be a dark art much more accessible for testers who aren’t penetration testing experts.

Dan has been a tester for 14 years, working within a diverse range of development organisations, mostly in the south west of England. He currently works as a test engineer at New Voice Media, where most of his time is spent working on the security testing needs of the business. This includes mentoring, supporting and training members of the team to use these skills also.

Dan’s love of testing drives me to become an active member of the testing community, helping to organise local meet-ups and talks in the Bristol and Bath area.

He has recently spoken at MEWT, as well as the Bristol, Brighton and Nottingham tester gatherings. This summer, Dan worked with BIll Matthews to deliver a security testing tutorial at Let’s Test and at Nordic Testing Days, where he also gave his talk “The Testing of Fear”.

He is a facilitator with Weekend Testing Europe, alongside Neil Studd and Amy Philips. In the autumn he will be working with a team to organise a new South West Exploratory Workshop in Testing.

Dan lives in Frome, Somerset with his wife Rae, and cat, Misty

A Year In Mobile – Richard Bradshaw

I will be sharing my experiences of testing on mobile devices. A year ago, I took a gig, solely focused on testing native mobile applications. At the time, I saw others talking about how mobile testing was different, purposely distinguishing it from other types of testing. My view then was, it’s just testing where the context is mobile. But what is my view now? We will explore what I have learnt testing on mobile, from new techniques to how I have utilised automation in this context.

Richard is a friendly tester with a real passion for testing. He is very active in the testing community and hosted the very popular meetup in Nottingham called #NottsTest. Richard is also a founding member and co-organiser of the Midlands Exploratory Workshop on Testing (#MEWT).
Richard is currently working as an Independent Tester after having set up Friendly Testing Limited in 2014. He has been testing for over 8 years now.

Richard is a big advocate of automation, but not the silver bullet type, the type that really supports testing and testers. He is very technically minded and encourages the use of tools.

He considers himself a student of testing and is always looking for new ideas and inspiration to improve his testing skills.

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