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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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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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Agile Testing Days 2015 – New focus

Agile Testing Days 2015 – New focus

I wrote this as a preamble to the conference blog posts, but for some reason I’m adding it last! I’ve attended this conference since 2012, but this year my testing world looks very different which has affected my focus for this conference. Moving from a very forward looking Agile world into one that is still pretty content with V-model and strict processes (which is understandable due to the environments and hardware constraints) has been a difficult one but one with a…

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Change starts with me – Agile Testing Days 2015 – Day 3

Change starts with me – Agile Testing Days 2015 – Day 3

The final day is here, and looking at the programme, it was to prove to be a bit of a mixed bag. Inspiring The first keynote of the day was by Selena Delesie (@SelenaDelesie), a lovely lady who I had the pleasure to meet both her and her son at least years conference. Her keynote, ‘Agile leadership lessons’, started with some interesting questions like “if you could have dinner with any person alive, who would it be?”. Selena’s was Richard…

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Games and growth – Agile Testing Days 2015 – Day 2

Games and growth – Agile Testing Days 2015 – Day 2

Got up early enough and was awake enough (just) to get to Lean Coffee this morning, and as always it ended up with 4 groups of ‘leaners’! Our table had some familiar faces, Emma (@EmmaATester), Abby (@a_bangser) and Michael Larsen (@mkltesthead) as well as several new ones. The topics were varied which conference lean coffee’s always are, and we talked about topics such as whether there were any good metrics for measuring testing, KPI’s for a team/company transitioning to ‘Agile’,…

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Play it again, Potsdam – Agile Testing Days so far…

Play it again, Potsdam – Agile Testing Days so far…

In an effort to blog about this more quickly that in the past, I’m doing semi-live blogging each evening, summing up the days events… they may need editing later, but they represent my thoughts of the days talks. Where words fail, music speaks… was the first keynote of the conference by Huib Schoots & Alex Schladebeck. The sight of a violin, trombone and two music stands on the stage was unusual to say the least, as we kicked off Agile testing days…

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