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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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Agile Testing Days 2014 – Part 2

Agile Testing Days 2014 – Part 2

[Tuesday – Conference Day 1] This year I fully intended to make it to every lean coffee in the mornings, but alas I did not get off to a good start. I figured that after a 2am finish, I’d be sensible and not get up at silly o’clock for lean coffee. I was heartened to see several redgaters in the lean coffee when I walked past to breakfast, and it looked like a really good turnout. Lean coffee at conferences…

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Agile Testing Days 2014 – Part 1

Agile Testing Days 2014 – Part 1

As the annual wild ride that is Agile Testing Days comes to an end, it’s time to reflect on the last four days. This was my third year at ATD, and as strange as it may sound, it feels like coming home the minute I walk into the Dorint hotel in Potsdam, Germany and see the familiar banners. My first year at ATD blew my mind and started me on a journey that has seen me getting involved in the testing community,…

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Agile Testing Days 2013 – Day 3 – Is it a bird? Is it a plane? …

Agile Testing Days 2013 – Day 3 – Is it a bird? Is it a plane? …

Last year I was in the Hotel Am Jägertor down the road from the Dorint, and even though it was a 10-15 min walk away, managed to make every lean coffee. This year we managed to get into the Dorint, and it’s a very different experience! Every evening ended up in the hotel bar, and I found myself socialising so much more this year. However, this probably explains yet another missed lean coffee! I must add that this was not due…

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Agile Testing Days 2013 – Day 2 – Certification and documentation ;-)

Agile Testing Days 2013 – Day 2 – Certification and documentation ;-)

After such a good night at the MIATPP award event, it was rather difficult getting up on the morning of day 2, and all aspirations to attend Lean Coffee again evaporated in favour of an extra half hour in bed! First keynote of the day was Christian Hassa Live it – or leave it: returning your investment into Agile. The gist of this presentation was that you can adopt all the agile processes in the world, but ultimately if you don’t…

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Agile Testing Days 2013 – Day 1 – Green is not always good!

Agile Testing Days 2013 – Day 1 – Green is not always good!

The opening keynote was delivered by Andrea Tomasini, Agile testing is nonsense, because agile is testing. On the face of it, this was a somewhat contentious title given the audience, but the sentiment was intriguing. Testing is an approach, an attitude to apply to a situation, any situation, and not necessarily done by testers. So I kind of agree here, Testing is a mindset, and Testers are not the only ones to have it! Andrea talked about the trap that…

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Agile Testing Days 2013 – Tutorial Day

Agile Testing Days 2013 – Tutorial Day

Potsdam, October… it must be Agile Testing Days! Ok the observant among you will realise that last year it was in November…  Anyway, after my first conference last year I was very excited to return this year, and as a consensus speaker! Sounds strange, but walking into the conference on the tutorial day, had a ‘coming home’ feeling, especially getting re-acquainted with Pete Walen, Matt Heusser, Lisa Crispin, Janet Gregory and Carlos Ble, not to mention new friends Dan Ashby…

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