I was recently interviewed for Computer Weekly, about the test strategy at Net-a-Porter, and my forthcoming talk at the Next Generation Testing Conference. It was an interesting experience and not one that I have done before.
I spoke about why I believe that Testing As An Activity is important, and why we should all test. The old axiom that “Testers Test and Programmers Code” is so outdated now and everyone needs to change. Testers are the testing experts in a team, and can help enable the whole team to own quality but they are certainly not the only one’s who should be testing.
You can read the interview itself over on the Computer Weekly site, and you can find the slides from the presentation at the Next Generation Testing conference over on Slideshare.
I’m going to be speaking at the first Mobile App Europe conference, which is on 28th September – 1st October in Potsdam, Germany. My presentation will be about mobile software testing and I’m part of what looks like a great conference, with keynotes from Jonathan Kohl, Dr. Chaehan So, Jesse Freeman, Stefan Bielau and Christian Kaar. There’s also lots of other excellent looking talks and learning opportunities on offer.
I’m really looking forward to it.
The early bird pricing ends in two weeks time and I also have a speaker discount which will get you another 10% off the ticket price. Let me know if you’d like it and I’ll share it with you.
I was interviewed recently for the uTest blog. I’ll be speaking about ‘Testing As An Activity’ at the forthcoming Next Generation Testing Conference, and so they asked me some questions about the topic, as well as some more general one’s about my thoughts on testing and how I started in the industry.
Worth a read I reckon, (I am biased of course). You can find the uTest blog post on their site.
More details on the Next Generation Testing Conference are on their site.
I’ve just got back from the Romanian Testing Conference which was held in Cluj-Napoca. It was a great couple of days, talking testing with a lot of new people, and some friends from the UK and further afield.
If you get the chance then I would definitely recommend the conference. There was a good mix of presenters and presentations, and the event was very professionally run. They even had their own RTC2014 branded cars!
I spoke about mobile software testing, and you can find my slides on this site. I also took mindmaps of as many sessions as I could, and I’ve added all of these to a ‘Live From….’ post which you can find here.
Next up, Nordic Testing Days in Tallinn in a couple of weeks. I’m talking about ‘Testing Your Emotions’, which will be a change from the mobile software testing area that I normally present on. I’ll also try and live blog as much as possible from the event.
At the start of this year I made a conscious decision to try and speak at more conferences. I think it’s important that those of us who feel happy standing up in front of crowds of people and talking about testing do so; it helps spread ideas and keeps things fresh. I also find it’s a great way of meeting new people, exchanging new ideas, and doing so while keeping the costs down
So, I’ve been making a real effort with my abstracts and submissions this year (a topic of a future blog post). And I think I’ve also got a bit lucky as well, since I’m speaking a few conferences this year. It’s all really rather exciting. The full list is below:
I’m really looking forward to it all. Hope to see you at one or two. Now I’d best get off and write all those presentations
I’m at the Pipeline continuous delivery conference today. I’ll try and mindmap as many sessions as possible and post updates here. Scroll down to see the earlier sessions.
It’s All About the People
Last up – Tomas Riha, talking about why its All About the People. A good presentation about moving to Continuous Delivery at VGT. My mind map is here.
Big Ideas, Small Company, Moderate Heresy
Next up, Big Ideas, Small Company, Moderate Heresy from Alex Wilson and Benji Weber from Unruly. A very interesting presentation on their approach, particularly their synchronous processes. My mind map is here.
Next up is Phil Wills from The Guardian, talking about “Ship It!”.
Here’s my mind map.
The Rational for Continuous Delivery
First up, The Rational for Continuous Delivery from Dave Farley.
Here is my mind map.
I’m here at the awesome TestBash conference today. I’ll be posting updates here, hopefully some mindmaps too.
First up – Scott Barber. An excellent presentation about Managing Application Performance. My mind map is here.
Next up, Contextual Decision Making, from Mark Tomlinson. Great presentation with added spinning cats. Mindmap is here.
Jez Nicholson gave us some good tips on how to win developer friends and influence people.
Joep Schuurkes explained to us how to help a new tester to get a running start.
Context driven testing in an agile context from Huib Schoots. Some great stuff.
Bill Matthews kicked off the afternoon talking about Getting Out of the Testing Game.
Stephen Blower taught us how to inspire testers and what inspires him.
Iain McCowatt presented a great talk on changing our automation models.
Chris George gave us a great story from RedGate on how they improved a legacy automation suite.
And finally Keith Klain gave a great talk on how to talk to a CIO about testing.
And then 99 second talks, and that’s it. What a great day!
I spent a very useful and interesting day at SIGIST on Tuesday, presenting a talk on mobile testing, and listening to a number of talks from other speakers.
Simon Stewart’s presentation on how they test they Facebook Android application was very interesting. There is no Android team at Facebook, with all feature development taking place in the same team, irrespective of the platform. This helps ensure that the offerings are consistent across platforms.
They make a lot of use of test automation, (something that Facebook are famous for), and this applies to Android as much as other platforms, in particular a focus on unit testing and functional test automation using Selendroid.
Facebook have two main guiding principles for their test automation:
- Signal > Coverage – ensure that the results of running tests are acted upon, and failing tests are fixed or removed.
- Speed > Coverage – ensuring nothing takes more than 10 minutes to rub, and running tests in parallel.
Facebook also use a lot of dog-fooding and make use of Google’s Alpha and Beta test programs to ensure a wide coverage of devices and test scenarios, in particular to fill gaps between their primarily automated test strategy.
I drew a mind-map of the talk which explains everything in more detail. Click on the image to get the full size version.
Good news – I’ll be presenting “Mobile Testing, That’s Just a Smaller Screen, Right?” at this years Romanian Testing Conference.
The rest of the conference agenda will be up on their site soon.
The London Tester Gathering Workshops are back this year, Oct 16th-17th in London. Last year was great (see my blog post with more details).
This year I’ll be running a workshop on mobile testing. More details to come, but Super Early Bird tickets are already available for a bargainous £95 instead of the usual £395 so well worth getting some early.
Other speakers include John Stevenson, Richard Bradshaw, Nigel Stock, Rob Fahey and Peter Houghton.
More details from Skillsmatter: https://skillsmatter.com/conferences/1912-london-tester-gathering-workshops-2014