Conferences, cliques and community

Conferences, cliques and community

In the days following testbash, a very interesting discussion sprung up on twitter about cliques and the struggle for inclusivity that exists for many at these events. The testing community is a very passionate one and never fails to impress me at how helpful and inclusive the majority of people are. That said, there as been some interesting conversations recently regarding cliques at conferences, and most recently at Testbash. The discussions have originated from comments about meeting people how some…

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Testbash 2017 – wrap up – my thoughts…

Testbash 2017 – wrap up – my thoughts…

Testbash 2017 (the Brighton edition –  aka the original and still the best) is over all too quickly for another year, and I sit here in my lounge after doing battle with the M25 on my journey home to Bedfordshire. With comic relief on the tv, it puts so much into perspective, and makes some of the issues we face in our professional lives so very very unimportant compared to the hardships and life-or-death struggles that so many of these…

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Testbash 2017 – part 3

Testbash 2017 – part 3

Back from lunch! How to turn a 403 into a 202 at the API party – Gwen diagram & Ash Winter So we just got a parental advisory warning for this talk… ok sets it up nicely! It’s started off with a lesson in REST APIs and http request/response… good baseline stuff. It’s great to get involved as early as possible. If design meetings are happening, and you’re not invited, turn up anyway! And when you turn up, contribute! All…

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Testbash 2017 – part 2

Testbash 2017 – part 2

Ahhhh caffeine. 🙂 Professor Harry Collins up next, this will be very interesting Artificial intelligence, language and the net This already feels like I’m back at university listening to a lecture by one of the professors.. and that’s a good thing! There are two elements to testing. Element 1: the clockwork, and element 2: computers as social prosthesis. Clockwork operations give exact answers/results, but this is not always useful, helpful or right. The interface, the product as a social prosthesis…

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Testbash 2017 … something’s different?  Part 1

Testbash 2017 … something’s different?  Part 1

Testbash 2017 is here… and it looks different. Same faces (some new)… same logos…. same awesome talks and conversations… ah new venue!!!  We finally outgrew the Dome and have taken residence in the Clarendon centre. Sure it’s not as central as the dome but there is more spaaaace. Anyway, I hope to live blog during the day so bear with me….  Vernon hosting again.. first things first all of us at Testbash send our thoughts  to those involved in the…

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Mobile learning… A revelation!

Mobile learning… A revelation!

As a parent, a Cub Scout leader, a husband and a person who values downtime as much as the next person, I’ve found it very difficult over the years to read books and cover topics that interest me. I find reading books tough going anyway, and am certainly not the kind of person who can read a book and digest all the knowledge in one go! As a result, I’ve felt slightly disadvantaged in conversations with peers who quote books,…

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Broken windows (fences) theory alive and well…

Broken windows (fences) theory alive and well…

It’s Easter weekend, and whilst looking out of my kitchen window at our front garden fence, I came to the conclusion that it’s going to need a total rebuild. Let me give you a bit of history. We moved into this house in 2008, and the wooden fence was already in place around the front lawn (we’re on a corner plot). Over the years it’s weathered and gets a fair amount of abuse from passers by, small kids learning to ride…

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Live blog from Testbash 2016 part 3

Live blog from Testbash 2016 part 3

Continued from Part 2 Last coffee break before the end and the trawl back on the m25 back home! Talk 9 – Smart algorithms: Are we ready for this – Bill Matthews Bill Matthews coming up, someone who I’ve known for a while and always has really in testing insights into all things testing. “Smart algorithms – are we ready for this?” Bill talks about his experiences with machine learning and how prolific and accessible it is and how this…

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Live blog from Testbash 2016 part 2

Live blog from Testbash 2016 part 2

continued from Part 1 Right that’s better, refuelled and ready to go for the pre lunch session of talks! Talk 3 – A pairing experiment – Katrina Clokie Katrina, all the way from NZ! Wow that’s a long way, is here to talk to us about pair testing, something I very much believe in and have seen work to very good effect, but something that not many testers do. Cool, experiential report and she starts with “once upon a time…”,…

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Live blog from Testbash 2016

Live blog from Testbash 2016

I’ve seen many people over the years do a live blog at conferences, so figured I might as well give it a go. I’m hoping it will help me to actually listen to what’s being said, rather than just hearing it. The story so far… Yesterday was the start of Testbash for me and many others. Workshop day! My day started off by learning how to do 10minute test strategies with Bill Matthews and Pekka Marjamaki. A really interesting workshop…

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